Owners in the past have opted to dork the fans for profits. The Marlins of old and the present by selling off their good players even after winning the World Series. The Ricketts are still a mystery to me but I will have a much better idea by the start of spring training. If one of the major markets in baseball goes into 2013 with a $70-$80 million payroll then prepare to be had. When you have drawn over 3 million fans for 6 consecutive years it does not make much sense to drop the payroll and claim that it is for the future success of the team. Sounds very much like a snake oil salesman. I think they could keep this payroll low for some years to max profits and then sell the team after the WGN contract kicks in and make an enormous profit on the sale of the franchise. Meantime the fans may or may not keep buying the tickets win or lose.
"By late August, the Red Sox had lost their way and didn’t hesitate to trade away some of Theo Epstein’s big-money guys – Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett – to a Los Angeles Dodgers team pumped up by a new ownership group and a huge upcoming television deal." Well done Theo and well done Money Ball. Theo left under a lot of pressure and we had to give the Sox a player in return. He is a salesman first class and now has the Ricketts under his spell or they jointly have Cub fans under their spell. We deserve better but as usual money will win out in the end.