There you have it ladies and gentlemen. Believe me when I say I'm not very proud of the winning percentage either. When I lobbied for this job with Tom Ricketts, I told him this team needed more talent. It did, and it still does.
My method for improving things in Wrigley is different from prior administrations. We need to initially build from within, which can lead to an ugly product on display. That said, with Tom's blessing, the aid of Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod, and dozens of other executibves and scouts, we are steering this in the right direction.
When our team was at full capacity before my July sell-off, we were actually a good team. Realizing a hollow 4th place finish might well please the fanbase more short term than long term, we flipped a few people for prospects. I am truly sorry about subjecting you to Jason Berken and Justin Germano, but I really wanted the Second Pick.
I hope you re-up on your season tickets. The development of the system is progressing, but 2013 probably won't be up to the standards of third place in the division. I think 2014 will be. So, unless you want to be bounced to the STH waiting list, which will swell in a few years when th re-construction nears completion, you might want to buy them this year.
Look for us to spend money this next year on infrastructure, property, and more baseball talent. Much of this will be Amateur in variety, but the guys some fans want us to go 'four year deal' on would require us to overpay for the same reason I;m writing this e-mail.
Like I said, I'm really sorry for Berken for a month. And Volstad for most of the season. But Jim Hendry and Sam Zell sort of tied my hands. A group of us are off to Starbuck's for some Latte Mochas, so I'll end it here. Operators are standing by, and we accept all major credi....
Hold up Jed, I'm coming.