Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts could hardly stop smiling Saturday morning. At the official breaking of ground in the long-awaited renovation of Wrigley Field, Ricketts delivered a speech, shoveled some ceremonial dirt and shook plenty of hands.
It was a day he has been waiting for and one he truly relished after a long and sometimes contentious process of political wrangling that threatened to derail the makeover of the 100-year-old ballpark.
“Were there ever any doubts? Yeah, absolutely. Are you kidding me?” Ricketts said. “The fact is that there were a lot of days where I was concerned that we would never get to here, absolutely. But ultimately [Mayor Rahm Emanuel] stepped up, and we worked it out and found a way to make sure that we could get this park saved. Today, I feel great.”