When I went online to Cubs.com to take their survey, it offers the following choices of fandom:

Which of the following describes you? (select all that apply)




Full season Cubs ticket holder (81 games)

Combo Plan or Double Play Plan Cubs season ticket holder



PNC Club of Chicago ticket holder


Annual suite holder


Suite daily renter


Member of Cubs season ticket waitlist


Casual Cubs fan / attend occasional Cubs games


Now, I am offended by the implication that if you only attend occasional games you are a “casual Cubs fan.”

Not only is that wrong; it is insulting.

For one thing, what if you can’t go to games due to a medical condition? For another, the high prices of taking a family to a baseball game almost prohibits the average fan from attending more than a handful of games.

Furthermore, a good fan won’t attend games if the product on the field is lousy. The Cubs don’t deserve our money if the team sucks. In fact, continuing to fill the park every day is one of the problems with the Cubs.

So, since I am one who only attends occasional games yet is way more than a casual fan, I selected “none of the above.” And you know what happened? It took me right out of the survey.

No “sorry”, no nothing.

Face it, Cubs fans: This ownership doesn’t give a crap about you if you don’t go to games, rent suites, and have a lot of disposable income.

This ownership only seems concerned with their cash cow, Wrigley Field, and not about the product on the field.

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t care less about leg room, seat width and all of that other nonsense—I want a winning team on the field, period.

But Ricketts and his staff have already proven that winning is not the goal, despite what they may say. For if it were, he would install a guy to help him determine if Jim Hendry is doing a good job as GM or not.

After all, Michael McCaskey, er, I mean, Ricketts has admitted that he doesn’t know more than the casual fan.

It seems he wants the glory when they win and the ego boost that owning a team like the Cubs provides, but he can’t possibly fairly evaluate the team on the field without help. Help he has chosen to go without.

Remember what Ricketts said in his introductory press conference? “We’re going to hire people we trust, give them the opportunity to succeed, and hold them accountable.”

But Tom, how can you hold someone accountable without a real baseball man to help you figure it out?

Truth is, he cannot. But that doesn’t matter. What matters is Wrigley Field.

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