I was talking with an Iowan sports guru not too long ago about the pending sale of the Cubs to the Ricketts clan. The very first thing he said to me on the subject was that the sale was bad news for Des Moines.
The Ricketts family has no association with our corn-growing friends, but they are entrenched in Omaha - the home of the Royals AAA affiliate. They also have heavily invested in the construction of a new baseball stadium there which is state of the art. Therefore, my friend is concerned that they will essentially negotiate a "trade" with the Royals - Omaha for Iowa.
In my opinion, Iowa is as much a part of the Chicago tradition as is blue pinstripes and the Cubbie bear sleeve patch. It would be strange to not have the Iowa Cubs. Then again, I like shiny. A new stadium with quality facilities couldn't hurt our minor league players.
Anyway, I haven't seen it discussed anywhere and meant to bring it up here sooner. If and when Tom Ricketts starts talking to the press, I hope one of the first questions asked will be regarding the future of the Iowa Cubs - but I'm betting it won't get asked at all.