We talked recently about Donald Trump’s beef with the Ricketts family, which owns the Chicago Cubs. It’s Republican inside baseball stuff which I’m not really following, having to do with donors and add campaigns and accusations about this, that or the other thing during the primary season.
Trump, however, as he tends to do, is taking things wider and going with a full-on assault against all things Ricketts. Including the quality of the Cubs franchise.
Yesterday he went before the Washington Post editorial board to be asked about his positions on all manner of topics, as is custom in a presidential election. The entire transcript is here. At one point he was asked about the comments he made about the Ricketts family. Comments in which he said “[t]hey better watch out. They have a lot to hide.” He was asked what he meant by that:
TRUMP: Well, it means that I’ll start spending on them. I’ll start taking ads telling them all what a rotten job they’re doing with the Chicago Cubs. I mean, they are spending on me. I mean, so am I allowed to say that? I’ll start doing ads about their baseball team. That it’s not properly run or that they haven’t done a good job in the brokerage business lately.
The Cubs won 97 games last year. They signed the top free agent of the offseason. They have a ton of great young talent, a deep roster and a deep system, all rebuilt and run by a manager and a baseball operations department with a great track record. They are in the process of a wonderful restoration of an historic ballpark which is perpetually sold out and stands as one of the crowning jewels of one of America’s most beloved cities. If the Cubs were a stock, they’d be trading at near historic highs right now. Maybe I’m not an expert on all things like Donald Trump is, but I think it’s a hard sell to say that the Ricketts have done a “rotten job” running the Cubs.
Indeed, I’d think it’s an easier sell to say that they’ll win more games in 2016 than Trump gets electoral votes. What say you, Donald? Wanna make it interesting?