Mark Cuban hates the Cubs; Jason Kendall’s a star

Mark CubanI’ve been fairly indifferent on Mark Cuban buying the Cubs. To be honest, it probably wouldn’t make that big of a difference. He would spend more money, but he has spent more money in Dallas, and what have they won?

But despite my lack of enthusiasm, I still think MC would be good for the team if only because he’s so polarizing. He’d bring nothing but attention to the club.

Nevertheless, I knew it wouldn’t be long until a member of the Chicago media would say something stupid about Cuban’s potential ownership. Little did I know I’d hit the jackpot when it happened.

Mike Downey, of Chicagosports.com, says no way does he want Mark Cuban owning his team. And why is this, you may ask? Because Cuban is a Pirates fan!

Yes, that’s right, Mark cheers for the Bucs. Can’t you hear the outrage building in the Windy City? No? Could that be because the two teams aren’t actually “division rivals” like Downey asserts? When is the last time the Cubs were battling the Pirates down the stretch for the pennant? Yea, I don’t remember either.

But Downey just keeps digging himself deeper:

For all those haters who say the Cubs need Cuban because they don’t have a high enough payroll, Mike Downey laughs at you.

And after all of this bull that they need Cuban to buy this team and show them how things should be done, the Cubs have added a high-priced star (former A’s catcher Jason Kendall) to a roster that already is being paid hundreds of millions of dollars.

In the dictionary, under “high-priced star,” Jason Kendall’s name doesn’t show up in the top 50 entries.

Kendall is hitting .226 this season with a .261 on-base percentage. Granted, the Cubs aren’t a catcher factory, but acquiring Kendall hardly shows that the Cubs wouldn’t benefit from new ownership.

It would be laughable if the Cubs-Cuban sale didn’t go through because of Mark’s past alliances. Almost as laughable as campaigning against it in your column.


9 Responses to “Mark Cuban hates the Cubs; Jason Kendall’s a star”

  1. 1 Tim Madrid
    July 17, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    Mike Downey is losing it. Did you see his article from the day after the All Star game about how athletes get too many second chances?

    There’s a good chance that he’s comatose, and the woman who does the Cathy cartoons is filling in for him.

  2. 2 jp
    July 17, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    cuban has tried to buy the pirates but the retarded pirates ownership refuses to sell so they can continue to rip off highly devoted fans who still come out to watch a team that hasnt been relevant since 1997

  3. 3 nickwill
    July 17, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    I’d like to see Cuban buy the Cubs. I think he’s a great owner. Oh and if you like baseball blogs like this, check this one out. It just posted a piece on A-Rod coming to Boston:



  4. July 17, 2007 at 7:27 pm


    I couldn’t believe that someone got paid to write that. Well, I’m assuming he got paid. I’ll have to check out that other column.

  5. July 18, 2007 at 8:08 am

    No it makes sense. You buy the Cubs and you just sorta get there Major League farm club, the Bucs.

  6. July 18, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    I like the idea of Cuban entering into ownership of any MLB team, especially my favorite team the Cubbys. I think MLB owners need someone like Cuban to shake up the league. However I think it will be hard for Cuban to get in to the league. MLBGodfather Selig has made a couple of statements over the last couple of years claiming that MLB does not need maverick personalities like Cuba. It could be an interesting attempt for Cuban to enter into MLB ownership.

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