Oh, and about the way the Wood comedy routine came down: very convenient that Wood retired the day after Joe Ricketts’ politics blew up Wrigleyville. My friend Damsky suggested we were watching the Cubs’ version of “Wag the Dog,’’ deflecting attention from a massive ownership problem to the thumbsucker story of Kid K.
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Perhaps Wood didn’t want to retire but was talked into it by the owners --- we need you to quit right NOW, Kerry --- as a shield from collateral political damage and went along with Wood’s desire to have one more chance. Pretty easy decision if the choice came down to looking stupid vs. political arson.
But Wood can’t retire everyday, and here we are, back to talking about Toxic Tom.
The Wrigley renovation is bigger than hiring Theo Esptein, bigger than eating Carlos Zambrano’s contract, bigger than anything since dad bought the kids the team. The Wrigley renovation is a Cubs franchise with a billionaire dad asking for about $150 million in government money while holding zero leverage. If the Rickettses won’t play the move card, and they won’t, then they have ceded the power of the negotiations to the government, which means they need a friend. Good luck with that after last week’s shenanigans, Tommy Boy.
If you have no leverage, at least give the government a decent teammate. Raise your hand if Tom appears to be someone who can stand up to Emanuel or be someone Emanuel wants to stand next to in a fight.
A Cubs fan who has been watching and listening would say no immediately. It would seem the Ricketts family will have to send Emamuel another kid. Someone in the Ricketts family or inner circle certainly will suggest considering it.
It can’t be Pete, who once ran for senator in Nebraska on a platform so arch as to make his sister a second-class citizen. It can’t be Todd because anyone who agrees to appear on “Undercover Boss’’ has permanently checked his credibility at the door.
That leaves Laura, who would seem to bat second in the Ricketts’ lineup anyway. She’s a Democrat. She’s certainly in favor of gay rights and just about everything else than Emanuel’s former boss stands for. She’s a lawyer, which is both good and bad --- skilled at circumvention of justice but facile in public explanations.
I have no idea if Laura wants the job and the responsibility. I have no idea if she’d be good at it. But it seems that her uncertain credibility is better than what brother Tom has piddled.