Okay your Ricketts you know you can make more money with less headaches if you move, BUT do you want to be the man that moves the Cubs out of Wrigley? Do yiu want to be the man that during it's 100th anniversary moves the team? We might be okay with it because we've obsessed over all this drama but to the casual or even devoted fan that does follow blogs like we do this is a horrible idea. This is unforgivable. To many Wrigley symbolizes (regardless of for good or bad reasons) everything the Cubs represent- a team that respects the pure nature of baseball- a holy shrine of baseball. So how would you like to be the person that destroys the temple?
It may not be a financial benefit to stay in Wrigley but there is a reason to stay.
I'd admit my willingness to move has dramatically increased in the last few weeks, right now I'm close to 50% but a few months ago I was maybe less than 10%, and that's because I've followed this story so closely for two plus years I just want it to end. Ricketts is a business man but he's also a real Cub fan that understands what Wrigley represents and is fighting to preserve that history. I be curious how this lawsuit plays out in the next couple months.
I agree that he is in no hurry to be the guy who moved the team. He'll only do it if his hand is forced and certainly not the 100th anniversary of Wrigley (now, the 101st...).
I WAS very surprised at how quickly he moved to threaten down in Mesa (Daytona). Tens of thousands of Cub fans have retired down their just to see the Cubs (Cubs had been down there for a very long time as well). When he was working my grandfather would spend all of March down in Scottsdale just to see the Cubs. TONS of folks like that all over that place.
Ultimately Ricketts didn't pull the trigger. Was he ever really going to? (The guys in Daytona were guys he knew). Mesa woke up and knew what was good for them. I'm thinking Chicago is too messed up to ever get it together on this (that and Rahm has so little clout right now).
Re. the temple... Just win, baby, just win. Winning covers a multitude of sins. But, he isn't winning. Sucks to be him, right now.