Tom Ricketts

The Tom Ricketts Drinking Game

Tom Ricketts and family will be introduced to Cubs fans everywhere in a press conference on Friday morning at 11am CST and probably a couple dozen TV and radio interviews. To help you get through the day, I suggest grabbing your favorite alcoholic beverage(bring a thermos if you're at work) and follow along with this drinking game I designed.

Drink when:

What I Would Ask Mr. Ricketts

On Friday, the Cubs' new owner will be confronted by more microphones, cameras, and sweaty members of the press than I imagine he has ever been confronted by before. I predict he will say something to the effect of, "I can't give you a definite answer at this point, but that is absolutely something we are going to be looking at," more times than we'll be easily able to count. Nevertheless, after the ridiculously protracted sale process and with so many critical issues facing the team—from the immediate future of the leadership team to the long-term viability of Wrigley Field—I will join many of you in hanging on every word Ricketts has to say. (I've also never heard his voice, so I'm curious.)

Apart from all of the obvious questions Ricketts will face, probably multiple times, here are some questions I would ask if I had press credentials or the ingenuity to sneak in.

Wrigley Field: Back to the Future

Apparently Fenway Park is a big part of Wrigley Field's Upgrade Template for Tom Ricketts. 

Cubs management over the past few years has held several luncheon meetings for season ticket holders where they provide a forum for suggestions to improve the ballpark experience. I finally had my chance last Thursday to attend one of these sessions.

Wrigley Field on this warm September non-game day had it's usual majestic feel but without the game day buzz, one senses the serenity that is baseball's crown jewel at rest. The streets surrounding the ballpark maintain their working day activities, construction site sidewalk hazards, beer trucks unloading their wares, but open parking spots on Addison seemed out of place.

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    Arizona Phil 4 hours 26 min ago view
  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 9 hours 44 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 9 hours 45 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 9 hours 56 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 9 hours 58 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 9 hours 58 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 10 hours 5 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 10 hours 19 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 10 hours 52 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 10 hours 56 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 11 hours 8 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 11 hours 27 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 11 hours 47 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 11 hours 48 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 14 hours 48 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 15 hours 54 sec ago view