“In Chicago, it’s funny,” agent Scott Boras said. “A family bought the team. But it’s kind of like Meet the Parents. I haven’t met them yet.”
Boras wasn’t even referring to Ricketts patriarch Joe, the Ameritrade founder, father of the four siblings listed as owners and provider of the down payment on the $845 million purchase.
“I’m talking about, if this is a family-owned team, where is the [big-market approach]?” he said. “This is Chicago, and you’re developing the infrastructure. But fans don’t come to see seats, grass, cement. They come to see players.
“They’ve done a great job in the draft and development, and they’ve got a really good core of young players coming. But it’s not what’s expected when you bought … a major-market club.”