All hoped out
Note: Details on the Bradley contract ... 7M in 2009, 11M in 2010, and 2011 could become a team option if he fails to perform, courtesy of AJ.
If you have ever been in the position to hire a new employee, then you know what a crapshoot it is. They always show up on time for the interview. They wear their best clothes. They are polite, friendly, and agree with every important thing that you say.
Then you hire them and before you know it they are showing up 40 minutes late to work, dressed in Skynyrd shirts, challenging co-workers to fights in the parking lot, and acting confrontational with you and everything you say. You might think I'm off-base on this, but I think this is exactly the kind of situation you get when looking at a new buyer for a sports franchise. If you don't believe me, ask some Orioles fans.
According to the Tribune, the Cubs are down to the Final Three - and born competor/winner Mark Cuban is not among them. The Tribune posted short resumes of the three guys; they are Tom Ricketts, a Cub fan who has never owned a sports franchise; Marc Utay, a Cub fan who has never owned a sports franchise; and Hersch Klaff, a Chicagoan who has never owned a sports franchise.
It's the "has never owned" thing that concerns me a little. If I had to pick my personal favorite, I'd say Marc Utay if only because he seems to want to brand the Cubs the way the Red Sox/Yankees have been branded, and he brings some credible people with him.
Either way, it's a scary time to be a Cub fan. We can only hope that the next owner will be interested in spending the same kind of money on the Cubs as what's spent on the Dodgers, Giants, Red Sox, and Yankees. We can only hope that he has a good baseball sense and doesn't meddle too much. We can only hope that he surrounds himself with intelligent baseball people who will improve the organization from the top down.
But we're Cub fans. Some of us are all hoped out.