CHICAGO (WSCR) When the Tribune Company owned the Chicago Cubs, fans pretty much knew how the team was going to be run, the Tribune’s main focus was to make money. When the Ricketts family purchased the Cubs, they promised a change in philosophy.
“You want to change the culture in Cubville right now, you come in and start changing the culture in Cubville by bringing in the people that are absolutely going to lay down the law,” former Cub and current analyst Todd Hollandsworth said on the Danny Mac Show. “You say ‘this is how it’s going to be, this is how we’re going to play. And if you’re not going to do it this way, you’re not going to be part this, moving forward.’
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“I think there’s been way too many bandaids over the last bunch of years to say that this thing is moving in the right direction, because it’s not. Can somebody tell me the philosophy right now? Because I’m not sure what it is. How do you identify this team? Is it a young team? Is it an old team? What are we doing? I mean, there’s just a lot of things going on right now that, to me, truly are undescribable. So, you’ve got to pick a direction and stick with it, whether it’s, you know, trying to feed from the system, rebuild the system, rebuild from within. Everybody would get it.”
At times, the Cubs seem like they want to flex their muscles as one of the marquee franchises in the league. At other times is seems as if they want to step back and try play like a small market organization.
“If you’re going to act like the Yankees or act like the Red Sox,” Hollandsworth said. “Well then act like the Yankees and act like the Red Sox. It’s gotta be one way or the other.”