I Am Tom Ricketts's Inner Snob

From an interview given to Ed Sherman posted on Chicago Business:

I can't stand it when I hear someone say they can't afford to go to a game. It might be hard to get tickets for a Yankees or Sox game, but there's no reason why they can't afford to go to another game. We want to get more fans in the park.

Let me respond in kind...FUCK YOU!!!!

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Astros have been sold.

http://houston.sbnation.com/houston-astros/20...

$773 M including stake in sports network. Cubs were sold for $845M?

Does the Astros deal involve Cubs tickets?

but...but...

baseball is a horrible investment and the ricketts are going to go broke and the cubs payroll with be $60m next year with ads on everything and exploding scoreboards and neifi perez.

Amen

Shut up and buy some tickets.

http://outfielding.tumblr.com/post/5537266960...

Thankfully, my roommate RHP Chris Carpenter is well after taking a Willy-Mo Pena one-hopper off the side of his head last night. The wily (NPI seriously) topspin ripped the bottom of his ear from his face.

http://www.youtube.com/user/TennesseeSmokies

kind of cool, they post a daily video recap of home games. Be nice if they'd identify the players in the clips, but I'm probably being greedy.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/daily...

apparently received 2 separate death threats over his career

People are crazy. I read an article somewhere online the other day, maybe Fangraphs, about whether Milton Bradley faced racist fans at Wrigley, and it mentioned other players with death threats and racist insults, etc.

I don't understand those fans. Soriano pisses me off a lot, but I never once have considered calling him a racist name. That has nothing to do with my dislike for some of his play. Or Koyie Hill, etc. Nor would I ever send someone a death threat.

It makes me wonder what percentage of the population is certifiably insane? Or just hate mongering assholes?

Side note: USA Today (or the FBI file) got Santo's town of residence wrong, it wasn't Glenville, IL, it was Glenview (I dated a girl for a while that lived one street over from Santo). There is no Glenville, IL.

there's no more excuse for factual sloppiness like that today. would've taken only 5 seconds on google to confirm something like that

Somebody should remind him that the game where Banks hit HR #500 drew under 6,000 people.

I may actually make it back to Wrigley this year after a nearly four year absence - my last game there was 9/19/2007 when Junior Griffey hurt himself yet again in the outfield and mercifully missed the remainder of the season. I go to somewhere between 5-10 road games a year as well as 1-2 non-Cubs games, but Wrigley is too annoying for me to enjoy when the place park is full - cramped, full of Trevors and Trixies, and difficult to get home to the SW suburbs after a night game.

But if the secondary market is as weak as it was last September, when unfortunately a rash of work travel kept me from going, I'll probably go to some games this year.

I may actually make it back to Wrigley this year after a nearly four year absence...

If you couldn't brush aside the "annoyances" to come to a gorgeous ballpark to even see a 96-win team that was fun to watch, do us a favor here in Chicago and stay away.

Maybe the Peoria Chiefs are better suited to you?

Annoyance-free and cheap.

Tom, is that you?

I love you too. Thanks for telling me how I should spend my money. Do you sit in the corner of the LF bleachers?

It is physically painful for me to sit in a seat at Wrigley if the stadium is full. If you are sitting in front of me, my knees will be on each side of your ear. And figure out how long it takes to get from Wrigley to any of the Metra stations out towards Westmont or Naperville at 10pm on a weeknight.

The fact is that I do enjoy watching the team play in ballparks such as Pittsburgh (which is a beautiful facility, almost as nice as Wrigley) and Milwaukee (where I can make fun of cheeseheads and not freeze to death in April). Lots of Cub fans do not make it to Wrigley for a variety of reasons.

But Tom Ricketts should just shut up about ticket prices.

Tom Ricketts should just shut up about ticket prices

He should do more than shut up about them. HE should LOWER them.

I think that may have to happen anyway for people to come back other than us STH's. And, no, I do not ever sit in the bleachers. It is a Frat Party section now in my opinion.

FWIW, the 1st row in almost every section at Wrigley has built-in space allowing for your legs, to put your feet on the railing, food, souveniers, etc. The bleachers family section also has extra-room.

Confucius Say: If you want to spend the big bucks, the Dugout Boxes as well as other Box areas also have extra room. With the team as shitty as it is right now, depending on the date, it is possible that no one will be sitting in front of you anyway - or you can move close by where a seat in-front is unoccupied.

I'm confused. I can sympathize with the health problems and uncomfortable seats, but the seats are in the same locations whether there are people sitting in them or not. I think you just mis-worded your reasoning. It's probably a pain in the butt for a very tall person to have to constantly move for fans to pass through, etc., but as for any discomfort from the seats, it's going to be the same if you were the only person in the ballpark since the seats do not move.

Yes, but when the ballpark is full, the Trixies usually don't like it when their head is between my knees, unless they've had a LOT to drink.

Here's the problem, the place is over 100 years old!!!

When they built it the average man was the size of a hobbit.

Gut the gdamn place and re do it or move.

say confucius - didn't you used to play for the bosox w/ pumpsie green? good field/no-hit middle infielder maybe?

No, I believe that you have me confused with Davey Rosello.

Actually, there has never been a MLB player named Confucius. I'm dismayed by that fact.

marlon byrd has a 15 game hitting streak (and only 6 starts total without a hit all year)...but...

only 1 double and 1 HR out of 21 hits in those 15 games...his only HR so far.

where them doubles at byrd? c'mon...

Speaking of terrible #3 hitters with the initials MB, Uncle Milty was released...

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6...

and he had 13 RBI's in 28 games. Marlon has 8 in 38.

Rob Neyer writes, "In the end, the Mariners probably "lost" the trade that got them Bradley, because at least Carlos Silva pitched effectively for three months last season with the Cubs."

http://mlb.sbnation.com/2011/5/16/2173885/mil...

that's like picking the best olympic sporting event and having the choice between the paralympics and the special olympics.

byrd isn't hitting for power...he shouldn't be hitting 3rd.

that said, i don't got a problem with the guy. his D and range in CF are still good enough. his power is slumping, but very little else.

that said, if his power slumps all year that's a concern going into 2012. he's never going to walk and while he's not slow, he's not fast. he needs his doubles-power at the very least.

and of course thank you to navigator for finding the article

Sullivan has tonight's lineup:

Fukudome RF/Barney 2B/Castro SS/Ramirez 3B/Soriano LF/Byrd CF/Pena 1B/Hill C/Zambrano P

And Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman on the 15 day dl. And the Cubs are in the midst of a 10 straight night game streak, a team record.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking...

glad the Cubs are moving towards the future as demonstrated by these Koyie Hill starts.

I hear tomorrow Quade will start Hill in CF to give Byrd a day off, while DeWitt starts at catcher :)

You can't play catcher in MLB unless you start playing the position around age 6.

Too lazy to check if its a RH or LF pitcher (... do the Reds have a LHSP pitcher?), but Dick Quade has managed to bat all five of his RH hitters in a row, and his four lefty "hitters" (in the case of Hill) in a row.

Now it's like he's actually thinking of ways to fuck his job up... well nevermind, this is the guy that brought us releasing Silva so Russell could start.

Jim Hendry, there's an unemployment line with you and your flunkies' names just waiting for you.

It's a righty, Homer Bailey.

This is one of those times where batting Z 7th wouldn't be the worst idea Quade could have had. Put the automatic out 8th, and Fukodome in the 9 spot.

There's never a time to bat the guy with a .450 OBP 9th, unless you're playing on ColecoVision.

That's true...of course, it's not April anymore...time for Fukudome to go in the tank.... .229/.341/.314 in May.....

Sheesh.....I will be glad to see him gone.

I bet a .341 Obp ranks quite good on this team

hooray for the most empty .341 obp ever.....

you're probably right Rob....sigh.

castro back in 3-hole cuz he had a good game in cincy last year?

Your other options who are slugging over .400 are Barney and Soriano. Who do you want to hit third?

Is there anything better than rich people yelling at poorer (than them) folks about not spending money? F#** that guy. I love Wrigley, but these guys only see the fans as walking cash cows. Can we get Mark Cuban to hijack the team? Give me an owner who is serious about building a consistent winning team.

BTW, myself and "Rick Reuschel" will be at the game tomorrow in Cincy. Supposed to be craptastic weather. If I see Marty Brennaman, I'll honk a loogie at him. Hope to see seem blues jerseys. Castellini hates when Cubs fans fill his Ballpark.

confucius jackson is a great name! would love to have a confucius jackson baseball card...

hitting in front of zombie hill should get some good pitches to safety squeeze if he comes up w/RISP...

Playing devil's advocate, Ricketts' comments could be taken as showing empathy for fans. Of course, he could show more empathy by lowering ticket prices, but come on.

you know, I reread the article a few times, revisited it a few hours later just to be sure I wasn't overreacting and I can't find one redeeming thing in the way he phrased it.

Context is everything and all, but he couldn't have come off as more of a jack-ass in print.

I don't know about redeeming...and yes, context...but I just didn't read it as harshly. He certainly didn't come off as entirely empathetic, certainly, but just tossing that notion out there.

Based on the context of the statement he seems to be talking about buying re-sale tickets for hot commodity games... he sadly has forgotten the context that the economy is not in great shape, his team sucks and he still charges the among the highest ticket prices in the game. You shouldn't be able to fly round trip from Chicago to LA for the price of four not very good tickets to a baseball game... not sure what he doesn't get about it. Does he think he was paying $16 face for bleacher tickets in 1988?

The Cubs are selling at 85.1% of capacity, 5th in MLB, fwiw.

Yeah, but a large percentage of those tickets Ricketts only got to sell one time... how can he run a business like that?

Are the other four teams as woeful as the Cubs?

Ha. The worst team in the league is selling 97.8% of it's tickets in the coldest stadium in MLB.

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