Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts says it has become customary for fans to introduce themselves to him using both their names and ages.
“I don’t think there’s anyone in the world that has as many conversations as I do where a complete stranger walks up and tells me how old they are,” Ricketts said Monday in Lisle. “And 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.’ At that point, all I can say is I want to win before I die, too, and we’re working really hard at it.”
A key to achieving that goal, he said during an appearance Monday before the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, is the preservation and improvement of 98-year-old Wrigley Field. Ricketts made his pitch for support for the team acquiring $200 million in public funds to make that happen.