Tom Ricketts once sat in the bleachers at Wrigley Field, cheering for the Chicago Cubs. On Tuesday, with the players gathered around him in the spring training weight room, he addressed the team that his family now owns.
His message was simple: He and his family will be around and do everything possible to help the Cubs win.
“If there is anything we can do better, let us know,” Ricketts said he told the players.
For his part, Ricketts is already taking steps.
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There are new upgrades at Wrigley Field, including an improved clubhouse and weight rooms, a new players’ lounge, a new club in the outfield and better restrooms for fans. The Ricketts also raised ticket prices on some seats at the storied ballpark.
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