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I was waiting for a big kaboom
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Greetings from freezing, rainy southern Arizona. I am taking Tom Ricketts’ statements with enough salt to kill any number of garden slugs — there’s just so much there that defies logic. But that’s all we’re gonna get, and I can be easily mollified by some Cubs baseball. Preferably good Cubs baseball, but at least Cubs baseball.

However, I’m not against them trying to be ‘the best organization in the world’, and I do believe they’re doing their level best to achieve that end. And it isn’t like Tom Ricketts is going to come right out and say that there’s collusion. Quite the contrary.

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Just going to address this once during this article. It’s everywhere, but this snippet seems to express an opinion shared by a large segment of Cubdom.

Tom Ricketts apologized to the team for the emails being a “distraction,” even though some didn’t know what he was talking about.

“To the level it was a distraction among the group, I’m not 100 percent sure,” manager Joe Maddon said. “I don’t think it was a heavy distraction. I would almost imagine some weren’t even aware of it, to be honest with you, the way it all came about. But the fact that he was straight up about apologizing the way he did, I know our players have a lot of respect for him and his family.

“We are treated so well. And you see him all the time. You see all of them all the time, and they’re always there. So when he stands in front of the group like that, and he was very sincerely apologetic about all of this, I’m certain it was pretty much buried there today among us.”

Will the email saga be buried by Cubs fans, or will it cause some to reconsider giving their hard-earned money to the Rickettses?

We grew up calling Wrigley “the friendly confines.” Now we’re not quite sure. — Paul Sullivan.

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading! #Cubsnews