Weird thought: who is your favorite owner?
Of the Cubs?
Here's the actual timeline of different Cubs owners.
So far in my lifetime, there were the Wrigley's, the Trib, and Sam Zell.
The only thing I remember about the Wrigley ownership was one time when I asked how come the Cubs never played at night, and my dad said, "Well, Mr. Wrigley is just a nice man who thinks baseball should be played under the sun."
When the Trib bought them in '81, I remember thinking that's weird - a company bought the Cubs?
I also remember a tongue in cheek ad in the Trib when the Cubs won the division in '84 or '89, and it was a shot of the players all celebrating on the field with a headline that read something like, "We just had a nice return on our investment."
Some kind of "investment" joke, which seemed pretty... not aimed at their adoring fans.
Sam Zell is still too fresh a wound to even talk about, I wish him nothing but monetary loss.
But then came the Ricketts family, led by this Cub Fan, Tom.
And he seemed to be pretty new to the game, because everybody I knew wanted to get rid of then GM Jim Hendry which didn't happen right away.
In retrospect, that was actually a better idea than just blowing the whole thing up.
Take the job, learn the lay of the land, get the right people, hire them and make the change.
I so remember on numerous occasions seeing Ricketts walking around Wrigley by himself just talking to any fan who wanted to chat.
I'm no owner expert, but I would imagine that a new owner walking around his own park when his team is in the crapper, talking to fans - I just can't imagine any other owner doing such a thing.
As impossible as what he and his family helped bring to the City - a World Championship.
Okay, now we're here - the Plan.
The Cubs have spent all their top prospect currency.
Now they have to dip into the pros.
They gathered a bunch of excellent, high ceiling position players and brought 'em to the Bigs.
Somebody's gonna have to go, and it'll be heartbreaking now that we've gotten to know them.
But that's got to happen in order for the team to remain up at the top - you can't win without pitching.
The other weapon in the arsenal is money, and that's where Tom comes in.
Eventually (by 2020, the Cubs have said in the past), they'll have their own tv/digital network and all the cash that comes in that stratosphere.
But until then, the money is a family deal led by Tom.
I'm sure he's got his game face on.
ps: In the watercolor, Tom's style of eye black is borrowed from Javy Baez.