In timing that probably has as much to do with the end of the season as it does with renewed focus on the Wrigley Field renovation efforts, Chicago Cubs Owner and Chairman Tom Ricketts wrote an editorial for the Sun-Times in which he discussed the Cubs’ disappointing 2012 season, hopeful future, the the organization’s/family’s contributions to the community.

On the present and future of the Chicago Cubs:

Well, the baseball season of 2012 is in the books. It was a disappointing season, but I hope fans understand there are better days ahead. We bought this team because we are committed to delivering Cubs fans the World Series championship they deserve. We believe this season represents the first step to delivering on that promise.

Baseball Operations President Theo Epstein, General Manager Jed Hoyer and the entire Cubs organization are working day and night to put together a championship organization — from A-ball to the major league club. We are building the team toward a future of sustained success with a youth movement. We are investing in our player development system, both in terms of talent and facilities. We are building a nucleus of solid young players to perform around shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

All about what you would expect, with the heaviest emphasis on the player development piece of the puzzle. I imagine some folks will read more into this than is actually there (no free agents!?! Ricketts is cheap!!1!!lol!!!), but Ricketts is just doing what the front office has been doing: highlighting the progress in the farm system while keeping expectations in check for the immediate future.

Ricketts also emphasized the Cubs’ involvement in the Chicago community:

We are also working on being championship-caliber corporate citizens. We want to thank our fans and this great city with a committed community investment program. Under the leadership of my sister Laura, Cubs Charities has doubled the amount it raises and contributes to scores of Chicago-area charities. An important pillar to Cubs charitable giving is to support health and fitness. So I am looking forward to breaking ground this week on Kerry Wood Cubs Field near Lane Tech High School on Chicago’s North Side.

We heard that the city of Chicago has a shortage of baseball fields that meet Illinois High School Association playoff standards — and that’s wrong because a great city like Chicago deserves the best. So, with an investment of nearly $5 million, “Kerry Wood Cubs Field” will create a top-flight stadium for Chicago’s young baseball players ….

Besides showing that my family and the Cubs are evangelists for the game of baseball, Cubs Field is also a very visible sign of my family’s commitment to Chicago.

Since we took over the Cubs in October 2009, the Chicago Cubs Charities has donated more than $4 million to non-profit organizations across Chicago ….

These are just some of the ways we’ve invested in the city we love.

Obviously it isn’t all about money, but it’s pretty clear that Ricketts is underscoring the money that the Cubs and the Ricketts family, personally, have given back to Chicago. I’m not going to say this is all about the Wrigley funding issue, but, together with highlighting how much revenue the Cubs bring to the city of Chicago and its businesses, it can’t hurt to point out – by dollar amount – how much the Cubs are giving back to charitable causes in Chicago.

But, also, sincerely, this kind of stuff is about just being a positive influence in the community that makes your enterprise possible in the first place. It’s just the right thing to do.

The groundbreaking on that Kerry Wood Cubs Field, by the way, is in about 15 minutes.

  • TWC

    I imagine some folks will read more into this than is actually there …

    No. No way anyone here will do that.

    • hansman1982

      Ricketts just admitted they are tanking the 2013 season…

      • TWC

        … and that he intends to fill his water glass with the tears of young Cubs fans, forever unable to afford the high ticket prices.

        • hansman1982

          his water glass is made of pure diamond bought by the tons and tons of money he’s made slashing ML Payroll and not devoting an ounce of that elsewhere

          again, just things Ricketts says…

          • EQ76

            Water glass?? Don’t you mean, Water Diamond Studded Crystal with Platinum handles?

            • hansman1982

              and by water we mean the blood of the unwashed masses that clamor to get in to Wrigley but cannot because they cannot afford it

              • FFP

                and it is already half-full with the blood and tears of young Cubs fans…

                …I mean still half-empty.

                • hansman1982

                  oh no…it’s all full…

                  the other half is filled with the fog of their stolen hopes and dreams…

                  • MichiganGoat

                    now that was a great exchange after a day full of crazy students that made me smile

      • Toby

        Where did you divine that thought? Please reply with a pasted quote from Ricketts.

        • hansman1982

          Miraculous Inception…

  • Miks87

    Blah blah blah. Same speech different year. Sometimes I think it’s better if Ricketts kept out of the media.

  • cubsin

    Some days, I wish I had the tinfoil hat franchise for this blog…

  • cubzforlife

    Being a lifelong Chicagoan and Cubs fan I am amazed at the lack of understanding from the posters on BN about how things really work in Chicago and Illinois. All the hate towards Ricketts who’s the first owner in my lifetime who seems to care about building a winning team. Of course he’s rich. Of course he’s making millions of dollars. Good for him and his family. I believe T.R. wants a winner badly. Because he’s a fan and to make alot of money. If he can get the city and state to pony up like they did for the Sox and Bears and Bulls great. To say Illinois is bankrupt is not accurate. Nor is the City. I just sent a check for next years season tickets knowing the Cubs will not be a .500 team. I will continue to support the Cubs as long as I see progress. And I can dream. Worst to first has happened plenty of times. I bet Ricketts has the same dream. And thankyou Brett for giving your realistic views on all things Cubs even if you do at times sound like a homer. I don’t get to the bleachers often but that guy in sect 209 row five wearing the BN shirt is me.

  • Stevie B

    I just wish some people would STFU and let Ricketts, Theo, and Hoyer do what they came here to do.
    This was a shit team, a shit organization, and turning it around in 2 years was NOT going to happen.
    Im about to jump ship on this blog if we cant get it through to more then 5 people….that this is a process. Grow the F up and deal with it.

    • hansman1982

      yes, feel the hate within you…become the hate…let it flow over you.

      Accept the Dark Side Stevie…accept it willingly!

      • DarthHater

        Excellent, my young apprentice. We will be watching your career with great interest…

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  • cavemencubbie

    Being an old alumnus, and I mean old, of Lane Tech, would someone tell me where they are building Kerry Wood Cubs Field? Is it south of the football stadium? I believe there use to be a baseball diamond there in the 50’s. Thanks, from this ex-patriate who use to cut class to catch an Addison St. bus to Wrigley.

  • ssckelley

    I am shocked Kyle is not all over this one.

    • Kyle

      What is there to say? He’s not the first person high in the Cubs organization to promise building an improved farm system. If he and his front office succeed, great. We’ll have unnecessarily wasted some years in the meantime, but it’s better than not improving the farm system at all.

      Whether or not we actually build the farm system he’s dreaming of is pretty much out of his hands and up to the baseball people.

      • ssckelley

        I get it, you only like blasting Epstein.

  • die hard

    would he consider moving fences back 3 rows to make it easier on our pitchers? I always thought Wrigley should be converted to a pitcher friendly park.

    • MichiganGoat

      Huh? Because nothing makes FA happier than signing a contract with a team that isn’t friendly to hitting. That just a bad, bad idea.

    • Drew7

      It’s already really deep in the corners (355′ and 353′). You wouldn’t want to go any deeper than that.

      • Stevie B

        Thats not what she said…..