Sunday, July 22, 2012
Cubs third baseman Ron Santo's long awaited arrival to the Hall of Fame inspires this week's Sunday Comics Patch.
A tribute to Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo, by Illustrator Charley Krebs. Poem by Steve Cesario. Read Patch's feature story: Former North Shore Resident Ron Santo Tapped For Baseball Hall of Fame
Friday, May 18, 2012
Shoppers at Deerfield Square sound off on $10 million soft money advertising plan.
Shoppers at Deerfield Square were not ready to abandon their loyalty to the Chicago Cubs over owner Joe Ricketts’ plans to spend $10 million to finance an effort to produce negative advertising criticizing President Barack Obama. The same people expressed anger that one person, in this case Ricketts, would spend so much money to affect the outcome of the Presidential election by purchasing advertising at the time of the Democratic Convention in September attacking the President. The controversy broke Thursday morning when the New York Times published a story disclosing the plan hatched between Ricketts and Republican political professionals. Later Thursday, Rickets backed off some of the more controversial parts of the proposal. Lou Zale …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Cubs owner talks about Epstein, team's future and "Moneyball."
Before hiring Theo Epstein last week, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts of Wilmette talked to the Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane. If that name sounds familiar it is because Beane was the subject of the recent movie Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt as Beane, that focused on his sophisticated efforts to develop baseball talent. Rickets shared this story and his vision for bringing a World Series to Wrigley Field with more than 225 people Tuesday at the NorthShore Senior Center in Northfield. One person asked Ricketts if he used the Moneyball model, referring to Beane’s use of computer models and statistical analysis to develop a team. “I did spend some time with Billy Beane during the process,” Ricketts said of the search that …