Only fools believe Ricketts played a big-boy move card

Did someone mistake Tom Ricketts' statement to business wonks as a threat to move Cubs out of Wrigley Field?

Wait, did someone mistake Tom Ricketts’ statement to a group of business wonks Wednesday morning as a big-boy threat to move the Cubs out of Wrigley Field?

No. Stop it. Wake up. Wise up. Because not even Ricketts thought he was threatening to move the Cubs.

Not even sorta-kinda-maybe.

“I'm not sure how anyone is going to stop the signs in the outfield,’’ Ricketts said upon the unveiling of drawings of his renovation plan, “but if it comes to the point that we don't have the ability to do what we need to do in our outfield then we're going to have to consider moving.’’

Key word: consider.

Consider how weak a work “consider’’ is. Consider how foolish it is to take seriously that word and that sentence when it comes out of a marshmallow voice.

I mean, after this arduous process, after all of the people telling him what he can and can’t do with his money and business, and Ricketts goes only so far as “consider’’?

Lame. Late, too.

Who’s going to believe the boy who cried move?

And even then, Ricketts took back that part.

“There’s no threats,’’ Ricketts said later. “We are committed to working this out. We’ve always said we want to win in Wrigley Field.’’

If you really want to win in Wrigley, then stop pitching Edwin Jackson.

Ricketts claimed getting the signage and accessories that lead to massive revenue streams also will lead to winning the World Series. That’s the goal. It is not guaranteed, no matter how Ricketts wants to cast it. Even Cubs fans know that’s a crock.

But I believe Cubs fans are with me in hoping Ricketts gets his revamped Wrigley. He wants to spend his own money, not the taxpayers’, so I hope he gets everything he wants. The whole plan looks exciting. Inside and outside of the park, there are a lot of things going on.

A lot of things to take your mind off the team you’d be watching.

But more to the point, Ricketts will have to wait for the mayor to play tough guy. Ricketts can’t do it. He has spent a lot of time proving that to everybody who is supposed to be scared of Wednesday’s near-whispered utterance.

Look, if you’re going to play the move card, then play it like you mean it. Ricketts didn’t. He came off like a guy who wanted nothing to do with those words in any order. It was done so weakly, in fact, that I’m surprised there wasn’t closed-captioning.

I can see how people got the wrong idea, though. Supporters were thrilled to have Ricketts hint even slightly that he knew how to play politics. Nope. Sorry. Not happening.

The only place anyone might believe Ricketts could move the Cubs today is Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood.

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
Related Content
  • 1 killed, 2 wounded in South Side shootings
    1 killed, 2 wounded in South Side shootings

    One man was killed, and two others were wounded in shootings Tuesday afternoon and evening in the city's Park Manor, Bronzeville and Morgan Park neighborhoods.

  • City lists 'problem landlords' on website
    City lists 'problem landlords' on website

    Chicago's Building Department published its first "problem landlords" list on its website Monday night in an attempt to crack down and publicly shame apartment building owners into providing tenants with basic services such as heat, hot water and working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Chicago brothers who infiltrated cartel given 14 years in prison
    Chicago brothers who infiltrated cartel given 14 years in prison

    After more than six years in protective custody, the twin brothers from Chicago's West Side didn't look the part of hard-core drug traffickers when they walked into a public courtroom Tuesday for the first time since flipping on the notoriously violent Sinaloa cartel.

  • Emanuel, mayoral challengers face off for first time
    Emanuel, mayoral challengers face off for first time

    The first face-to-face meeting of the Chicago mayor’s race featured Rahm Emanuel offering a measured defense of his first term against a barrage of attacks from challengers who assailed his record on neighborhood development and crime and even his temperament.

  • 'Ghostbusters' reboot scares up cast: Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, Jones
    'Ghostbusters' reboot scares up cast: Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, Jones

    Director Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" reboot has found its leading ladies. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are in talks to star in the Sony comedy about a quartet of paranormal exterminators, The Times has confirmed.

  • CTA rider robbed at Taser-point: police
    CTA rider robbed at Taser-point: police

    A 23-year-old CTA rider was threatened with a Taser and robbed of her cellphone Friday as she transferred from the Red Line to the Green Line at the Roosevelt "L" station, police said Tuesday.