Tom Ricketts keeps making it harder and harder to mock him. I mean, he pretty much shut us all up when he went out and hired away the top baseball executive available (and one of the top guys alive) to pull the team out of its nosedive into the ground. He's showing that he understands the concept of a sunk cost, which has helped Theo and the rest of the Superfriends provide the roster with a bit more flexibility to eventually add talent. He's doing his best to bring the ballpark into the modern era in both amenities and revenue potential.
Today, he's down in the Dominican Republic unveiling the plans for the Cubs training facility that should be up and running in about 18 months.
Based on some of the renderings on csnchicago.com, it looks pretty impressive.
It will have four baseball fields (including one turf field), four covered batting cages and eight bullpens. It will also house and educate the players as two locker rooms, a weight room, a cafeteria and kitchen, two meeting rooms, a large classroom and a theatre and video room are included.
Plus it will have an educational center where players can earn GEDs as they learn the Cubs Way, and a dormitory for up to 80 players and coaches.
Once this place and the new Spring Training facilities in Mesa are completed, players are going to wonder why they train in such great places only to actually play in such a shithole 81 times a year.