Ricketts family donates $1 million to a Donald Trump super-PAC


Back in the spring the Ricketts family, which owns the Chicago Cubs, and Donald Trump got into a public dustup. It was some Republican inside baseball stuff, as the Ricketts — who, with the exception of one sister, I believe, are big donors and activists in the GOP establishment — opposed Trump and then Trump bad-mouthed them and it turned into a big thing.

All of that is water under the bridge now, however, as evidenced by the Ricketts family, led by Joe Ricketts, the father of the Cubs owner,  giving $1 million to a pro-Trump Super Pac. This despite the fact that Trump insulted his wife.

Lest you think this gives you some special reason to root against the Cubs, know and accept that the vast majority of baseball owners and high-ranking executives are Republicans and would support the Republican nominee no matter who he is or what he believed in. Maybe Trump’s special brand of crazy is scaring a few of them away this year, but these men are, overwhelmingly, going to support the person whose policies benefit billionaires because, well, they’re billionaires.

Which is to say that this quote from Trump, given to the Washington Post editorial board, has been forgotten:

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.

As has this:



Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.