The most important April in a long, long while
I can't link it because I'm at work - and via fun filter or some sort of deal, ESPN doesn't work well here - but The Premier Sports Network* is reporting that the Cubs sale might be complete by as soon as April of 2009. I can't emphasize how huge this is, and how important to the future of the Cubs it is.
*which had me on a segment last year, making this The Premier Cubs Blog by default
First, let's just get out of the way one thing - Mark Cuban's ship has left the port. His rocket has experienced premature lift-off. His hand has already been dealt. His game has already ended. Insert your own lame metaphor here. He won't be the next owner of the Cubs.
Whoever is the next owner will have a huge burden of expectations on his shoulders. If his interest is in winning, rather than hoarding profits, then we have a 50-50 shot of being alright. But if his intent is to meddle, or get richer, then we again will be screwed.
That is the primary reason why I've been nervous about this whole process. It may work out, but at this point Cub fans should be used to buying the shiny new car with under 10,000 miles on it only to discover later on that it in fact is the victim of a shady paint job, speedometer tampering, and has sawdust in the transmission.
So, as we propel forward to a better future, I in fact will sit back, keep my fingers crossed, and hope - at the very least - that the next owner of the Cubs is blogger friendly and hungry to pay us for our work.