The last words that Chicago Cubs Chairman and Owner Tom Ricketts said to the media was, after being asked what was wrong with his team, “nothing, just injuries.” For almost two weeks, we’ve waited to hear from him again. Finally, he spoke.

Addressing the media before tonight’s game, Ricketts touched on a number of topics. We’ll undoubtedly have more on this later, but in the interest of timeliness, here are the high points:

  • Ricketts still has confidence in Jim Hendry, though discussing it acknowledges that he’s heard the calls for Hendry’s termination. “I have 100 percent confidence in Jim,” Ricketts said. “He’s working very hard to do everything he can to get this season back to where we want it to be.” But he also said, “we’re just going forward right now. We’ll see what the off-season looks like. We’re comfortable with Jim.”
  • In manager Mike Quade, Ricketts also expressed confidence. He said Quade has the players playing hard and not giving up.
  • He said that Wrigley Field is not a dump, and instead is “the third largest tourist attraction in the state. It generates over $600 million for businesses in the area, and it’s an economic engine in the city.” Very savvy, Mr. Ricketts.
  • He didn’t care for Carlos Zambrano’s comments a couple weeks ago, but didn’t think they were a big deal, either.
  • He believes the team’s debt is a non-issue, and will in no way limit the Cubs’ ability to pursue free agents. We’ll hold you to that one, sir.
  • He said he doesn’t think he needs a “baseball guy” to look over everyone else’s shoulder in the organization.

Again, these are just the bullets – I’m quite certain there will be more to come. I’ll have a full write-up and reaction later. But, for now, have at it.

  • pfk

    Well, that was one depressing news conference! Rick Telander had an interesting article on “what if” Marc Cuban was allowed to buy the Cubs. I remember when Ricketts bought the team and my brother got all excited, I told him then, be careful what you wish for, Ricketts could be a modern version of Bill or Smokey Bidwell. If Hendry is safe with this team, how bad does it have to get before changes are made? 5 or 6 consecutive 100 loss seasons?

  • pfk

    “He said he doesn’t think he needs a “baseball guy” to look over everyone else’s shoulder in the organization.” That’s like saying you don’t need a “financial guy” to run Incapital LLC. Just when you things can’t get any worse….

  • Jeff

    In other words, Ricketts is either blind or doesn’t understand the rules of baseball. He is convinced the team is heading in the right direction, and he has confidence in Hendry and Kenney to plan out the future of the team. He doesn’t need a baseball guy to tell him that his baseball guys are terrible and have been running the team into the ground since he go the job. He would rather not hear that kind of thing. There is no light at the end of this tunnell, Tom Ricketts is going to sit back and watch Hendry and his bunch of merry men put the finishing touches on burying the team. He is either prepared to give Hendry a third chance at rebuilding the Cubs, or he is absolutely convinced that the team is one or two players away from being a championship contender. Either way it screams ineptitude, or indifference.

  • Toosh

    I agree with “blind”, “ineptitude” and “indifference”.

  • Serio

    This KILLS ME!!

    “I’ve never bought into the (idea) that I should have a baseball guy to watch my baseball guy and his baseball guys,” he said. “Then what do you get, a baseball guy to watch the baseball guy who’s watching your baseball guys?” – Ricketts

    In that case why don’t I do Kenney’s job

    F**K The Crane Kenney

  • Funkster

    OR he could just not want to throw anyone under the bus to the media. I wouldn’t jump to conclusions based on one press conference.

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  • Toosh

    Now that I reread it, the “we’re just going forward RIGHT NOW. We’ll see what the off-season looks like”. leaves me with at least some hope.

    • Fishin Phil

      I will cling to this thought. A Cub fan without hope is just sad.

  • pfk

    I know a lot of fans want him to be an outgoing dynamic executive who speaks his mind and gets upset like the rest of us. But I look around for owners who are similar to him and there are plenty – one right here in our own city – Jerry Reinsdorf. He too comes from the financial world (Balcor) and he is generally very quiet. He works effectively behind the scenes and isn’t prone to radical decisions every time things get tough. He effectively got a new ballpark with tax money and did the dame with the spring training facility he shares with the Dodgers. So, I’ll just go along hoping that Ricketts will do fine. He did get a new facility in Mesa, he tore up the awful heavily sloped playing field at Wrigley and put in state of the art drainage and a level surface. He expanded the clubhouse and is working hard to get financing for more renovations and the T-Bldg. He is still new and I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. And, he did say we’ll see what happens in the offseason. Whew, I’ve just talked myself into feeling better!

  • Toosh

    What dame did Reinsdorf do that he shares with the Dodgers?

  • Fishin Phil

    Actually, What else could he say unless he was ready to pull the trigger?? I hope he is quietly examining options behind the scenes, and playing his cards close to the vest.