More than 400 people recently joined the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce on a long lunch break where a certain guest speaker knocked one out of the park. Chairman of the Chicago Cubs Tom Ricketts talked offseason moves and how the Cubs are moving forward
It’s nearly April, which means one thing for baseball fans, Opening Day. No one knows what that excitement feels like more than Tom Ricketts
He recently spoke to a group at the Hilton of Lisle, sharing his hopes of bringing a World Series Title back to the North Side for the first time in more than 100 years.
“I don’t think there’s anyone in the world who has as many conversations as I do where a complete stranger walks up and tells me how old they are,” said Ricketts. “It generally goes something like ‘Mr. Ricketts, nice to meet you, I’m 93 years old and I need to see a World Series before I die.’”
This offseason Ricketts and the Cubs hired perhaps the biggest name on the business side of baseball to be their President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. Epstein won two World Series as General Manager of the Red Sox and Ricketts believes he is a difference maker.
“I really do think that we got a plan that if we just execute it, we’ll be fine and fans will see an exciting team this year,” said Ricketts. “We’re going to play hard, we’re going to be in every game, we’re going to prepare well, were going to be alright, but the decisions that were made for this years team didn’t cost us anything in terms of future success so that’s critical too, so getting better everyday just pushing forward and should be a good season.”
Joe Kennedy wasn’t too upset his mom pulled him out of school early for the event but admits he was a little nervous when he got invited on stage to ask Mr. Ricketts a question. Now, Kennedy gets to show off his signed jersey back at school.
“A lot of my friends were jealous, they were mad that I couldn’t bring anyone or anything,” said Kennedy.
John Schmitt, President and CEO of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce felt having Ricketts come speak was a great opportunity for the entire Community.
“The Cubs are such a draw and his ownership and leadership is a big draw,” said Schmitt. “People are really excited they want to see a winner and they want to hear first hand from the guy that’s going to make it happen.”
Cubs opening day will by April 5th versus the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field.
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