Originally Posted by Mell413
Hey guys, just take this one message home for the holidays with you...
THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN IN CHICAGO, MOREOVER THE NORTH SIDE.
The Cubs should always be good. With the financial resources, attendance, WGN/Comcast, commerce in an amazing neighborhood, merchandise.
I understand the need for new plan and way of doing things, but this organization is going on 5 down years in row amid 105 years of losing.
It's simply bad for business.
One of the hardest decisions I had to make was giving up my season tix after 10 years. I simply cannot justify giving my money to this organization anymore that flat-out admits it's not trying to win, ALL THE WHILE still charging the THIRD HIGHEST TICKET PRICES in baseball.
It's now become arrogant and audacious.
Guys, please, listen to old Uncle Bud, it's all a joke. Any "normal" business would have closed its doors years ago. We simply cannot perpetuate these kinds of poor business practices.
If the Ricketts family starts taking lessons from the McCaskey clan, then we're in for some serious trouble.
You have to spend money to make money. You can spend the right money now for potential trade later, further build up the minors for the future, while putting out a winning product on the field NOW.
The Cubs have these resources and would pack the place even more by doing so.
Whether it's the Bears, or the Bulls, or the Cubs, you HAVE to address the needs of the team, as compared to your competition, in order to be a competent, consistently successful organization.
As a sports business, you OWE your paying customers nothing less than the best effort and value for the money people pay.
The Bears didn't beef up the O-line to protect their franchise behind center, now look. All they've been shown to do is beat up on tomato cans until further notice.
The Bulls never gave D-Rose another scorer or two, like most championship-caliber teams, now look. His future is questionable and the Bulls are stuck with a .500, non-contending team with a handful of mediocre to better-than-average players.
This whole sports thing isn't Theoretical Physics, guys, it's rudimentary numbers and business skills that the professional sports teams in this town, for the most part, fail at on a consistent basis.
All the stats you guys want to cite and regurgitate is pedantic without the big picture falling into place.
My advice is to stop wasting your time.
I mean, are you excited about your 2013 Chicago Cubs at this point? Do you really want to see Ian Stewart, David DeJesus, and Nate Schierholtz in the starting lineup AND PAY TOP DOLLAR FOR IT?
Let's get real.
There are two factions of Cubs fans. Ones that live it, and ones that only visit it. The former are incredulous, while the latter are the problem.