I’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.