Tom Ricketts Speaks from Spring Training: Construction Timeline, TV Deal, Rooftops

The Cubs held a blogger forum at Sloan Park in Mesa, where owner Tom Ricketts gave an update on a few interesting items. Our meeting actually followed his annual state of the union address and offered a little more depth to what we learned last month at Cubs Convention.

Here are a few takeaways from Monday’s forum.

On the team

  • Ricketts is very happy heading into the season and believes this is going to be “a pretty incredible year”
  • He mentioned that this may be the best rotation the Cubs have ever had, and certainly the best rotation since he has been with the team
  • The Cubs should be able to keep the core of the team together for the next several years
  • Management felt Yu Darvish was the best pitcher on the market this winter and the best fit for the Cubs
  • Discussions with Darvish started early in the offseason and he wanted to be a Cub; his goal was to be on a playoff team
  • Ricketts wants team to focus on getting out to a good start, hope to clinch early to be in better position come playoff time

Business and community efforts

  • The major renovations at Wrigley Field will be completed next year, which means everything will be done by the start of the 2019 season
  • Hotel Zachery is set to open on April 9, 2018, the Cubs home opener
  • The team continues to work on a TV/RSN deal but nothing is imminent; things may come into focus over the course of the summer
  • The Cubs’ goal is to be the most charitable team in sports
  • Rooftops will continue to be operated as individual entities and not a single party deck, etc.
  • Cubs trying to reinforce the team concept with #EverybodyIn slogan
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