Ricketts becomes Tom Terrific

Tom Ricketts got it done. He got Theo Epstein to the Cubs.

It always seemed like it would happen. The Cubs agreed to pay him $18.5 million, after all.

It also seemed like it would never happen. The more stories that come out of Fenway, the more it seems like the Red Sox are serving at the pleasure of Kim Jong-Henry.

But it finally happened late Friday night. Full marks for Ricketts.

Because we have little to do than repeat ourselves, it bears repeating that the five best reasons to love the endless Epstein episode are Jonathan Papelbon, Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz and Daniel Bard.

That’s four All-Stars, an MVP and a potential future closer, all drafted and developed by the Red Sox under Epstein.

There are some other names Cubs fans need to know. Jason McLeod, for one. He’s the newest whiz kid coming out of San Diego’s front office expected to join Epstein here. He’s credited with drafting Pedroia, Ellsbury, Buchholz and Bard. The backs of their baseball cards are the backs of his baseball card.

You’ve probably already read about Jed Hoyer, the Padres general manager expected to take that spot under Epstein. Hoyer was the co-GM of the Red Sox when Epstein left for a couple months and took the opportunity to cut the deal for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell that helped win the second of two World Series on Epstein’s watch.

That’s why Epstein wants to get the band back together. Of course, given their ages, it’s like getting the boy band back together. The Cubs’ new front office will need a treat parent.

But it’s going to take time, maybe even more time than the Epstein deal took. The Cubs and their fans aren’t used to waiting. Aren’t used to winning World Series, either. Connect the dots, people.

There is still the matter of compensation, and with Bud Selig and Major League Baseball entering the Cubs-Red Sox talks, I believe compensation for Epstein will be determined by the league that wins the World Series.

But whatever way it goes, Ricketts got it done. He made a defining move in his family’s ownership of the Cubs. Full marks.


Copyright © 2015, RedEye
Related Content
  • Man fatally shot after argument over woman at South Loop lounge
    Man fatally shot after argument over woman at South Loop lounge

    An argument over a woman led to one man being killed and another wounded during a shooting inside a South Loop music lounge early Saturday, police said.

  • Oklahoma fraternity's racist chant learned on a cruise
    Oklahoma fraternity's racist chant learned on a cruise

    Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday.

  • In NYC building collapse, mayor cites 'inappropriately' tapped gas line; 2 missing
    In NYC building collapse, mayor cites 'inappropriately' tapped gas line; 2 missing

    Someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday as firefighters soaked the still-smoldering buildings and police searched for at least two missing people.

  • Emanuel uses borrowing to cope with Daley's debt burden
    Emanuel uses borrowing to cope with Daley's debt burden

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has reduced spending and increased fines, fees and certain taxes to shrink the chronic budget deficits left over from his predecessor, Richard M. Daley.

  • Six Flags Great America's lost attractions
    Six Flags Great America's lost attractions

    Not every ride's the Willard's Whizzer. That iconic coaster debuted in 1976 when Marriott's Great America, now Six Flags Great America, in Gurnee, Ill., first opened. And it's still popular today. But for every Whizzer there's a Tidal Wave, Shockwave or Z-Force, rides existing only in memory.

  • Denim's just getting started
    Denim's just getting started

    Five years ago, denim-on-denim defied all of the dire warnings in the "Undateable" handbook: Instead of evoking John Denver or Britney Spears in her misstyled youth, chambray shirts paired with darker blue jeans became as cool as actor Johnny Depp and street-style heroine Alexa Chung.