The annual Owners’ Meetings are taking place in Rosemont, IL this week. And, to be honest, the owners are kind of being jerks. Not surprisingly, starting with the Jerk-in-Chief, Jeff Loria:
Jeffrey Loria hasn’t been very talkative at Wednesday’s Major League Baseball owners meetings in Rosemont. Neither have many of his colleagues, for that matter.
Loria is the main object of attention for reporters covering the quarterly meetings. He has declined to discuss the pending salary-dump trade that will send Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson from his Miami Marlins to the Toronto Blue Jays less than a year after the opening of the publicly funded Marlins Park.
“Not today, boys,’’ Loria told a group of reporters as he walked into a meeting. “If you haven’t figured it out yet. I’m not going to figure it out for you.”
Um.. okay. What we’ve figured out is that you tricked the public into financing a stadium for you and then sold off their entire team after one season in said stadium. Did you know that the Marlins don’t have a single dollar committed to payroll in 2014? Not a single, red. cent. Nada. Why even both fielding a team? Just charge people to come in to look at the fish and the home run . . display.
Not that Tom Ricketts has been much friendlier:
Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts declined to provide an update on the team’s efforts to secure funding to improve Wrigley Field.
“One day at a time,’’ Ricketts said. “We get closer but there’s nothing really to report.’’
If you’re getting closer, then there is SOMETHING to report, because last we heard Rahm wasn’t talking to any of you because Daddy Ricketts went banana pancakes during the campaign. So clearly, you know something we don’t. We’d like to know what that thing is.
In case you missed it, Deadspin wrote possibly the best article they’ve ever written on what Jeff Loria has done to the Marlins. Worth 90 seconds of your time. Truly hilarious.