Greetings! Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself. There are many Major League Baseball Team owners, but today, I’m yours.
I’m the guy who just paid 845 million dollars for a bankrupt franchise. Some might characterize this as “not the shrewdest move”, financially speaking. But to me, it’s a bargain.
I thank every member of The Cubs Worldwide Family for your support. My heartfelt thanks go out to the fans, the players, and all the behind the scenes people who make it happen every day.
I intend to lead this team into the future by selecting the right people. Then I intend to stand aside and let them do their jobs. I do not intend to micromanage my people as some owners have done. I have the utmost confidence in the people I choose.
There is, however, one situation which demands my immediate, hands-on intervention, so here we go: Milton Bradley has worn the uniform of the Chicago Cubs for the last time. Let me say that again. Milton Bradley will never again wear the uniform of the Chicago Cubs.
I have instructed our General Manager to determine what we can receive, on the open market, in return for the remainder of Mr. Bradley’s contract. If we can get something we want, be it dollars or players or both, we will move forward. But, however, if we can not get exactly what we want in return, Mr. Bradley will remain on paid suspension for the next two years. Do I make myself clear?
In general, my operating philosophy is: “Hire Slow, Fire Fast.” So, with the exception of the situation I just addressed, there is no present member of the Cubs organization who will automatically not be invited back next year. I value our people. They are our greatest asset.
However, there is only one member of the Chicago Cubs organization who is guaranteed to still be here one year from today (God willing), and that is yours truly.
The Chicago Cubs meet their commitments, and I expect our people to meet theirs. Nonperformance will not be rewarded. Some of our most valued people underperformed during the 2009 season. They will be given every opportunity to return to expectations next season. They will not, however, enjoy a 162 game grace period.
Changing the subject, I have no doubt that ticket prices will, eventually, be rising. However, as of today, 10% of all Wrigley Field tickets (10% of Bleachers, 10% of Grandstands, and 10% of Box Seats) will be reduced in price by 50% for all 2010 home games. Those reduced price tickets will be made available on game day only, and will be honored for the individual purchasers only (ie, no scalpers).
The food and beverage menus will be expanded to reflect my epicurean tastes, as prices remain unchanged.
I intend to improve every aspect of the Wrigley Field experience, with input and timely feedback from our valued Chicago Cubs fans.
Once again I want to thank our Cubs fans. It all starts with you. I ask for your support, and I guarantee you this: your support will not go unrewarded.