My number with the Cubs is finally up

Look at what happened to me, you guys.

cubslistThis is the worst thing that’s happened to me a long time.  Now I have to decide, do I suffer through watching the Cubs play terrible baseball for a few more years in the hopes that they’ll turn it around before I shell out $20,000 for season tickets? Or do I wait and jump on the list again, hoping that I’ll come up again in the next few years? It feels like one of those reverse mortgage things, where the bank bets you’ll die before they have to buy your ENTIRE house back from you.

What would you do?

No deals on the Cubs’ horizon as of right now, but the Yankees managed to make a deal with Jacoby Ellsbury, and man, it’s a doooozy:

Free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has reached agreement on a seven-year contract with the New York Yankees pending a physical exam, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

According to multiple reports, the deal will pay Ellsbury $153 million over seven years and includes an option for an eighth year that could increase the overall value of the contract to $169 million. Ellsbury’s deal exceeds Carl Crawford’s seven-year, $142 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in December 2010.

I know a lot of Cubs fans had their hearts set on Jacoby Ellsbury (which was never going to happen, let’s be honest), but this deal is positively Soriano-esque. Ellsbury is hardly ever healthy as it is, and the Yankees are going to pay $21 million a year for a kinda healthy Ellsbury for SEVEN YEARS. This is what happens when you burn bags of cash to keep warm in the winter months.

I made the comment earlier that toolsy, speedy guys don’t age well, which was immediately refuted by Jonah Keri and this great article from FanGraphs. Well worth the read, but I maintain that Jacoby Ellsbury is no Kenny Lofton.

The question of the day remains what value Jeff Samardzija has now that the hot stove is on fire. I’m talking to a class  in the am, but Carl and I will keep an eye on the trade/deal  rumors.  To make sure you get all the Cubs news as it breaks, make sure you follow us on Facebook!

And here’s the link to RSVP for the Cubs Con meet up on Friday, January 17th (you don’t have to be going to Cubs Con to attend).  Hope to see you there!

26 thoughts on “My number with the Cubs is finally up

  1. juliedicaro says:

    Cubs radio job is reportedly down to Ron Coomer and Todd Hollandsworth.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I guess I’d have to vote for Coomer, but I’ve never heard him do any broadcasting.

      But don’t listen to me, I wanted Keith Moreland, so what do I know…

      Ugh.

      1. juliedicaro says:

        A drunker Ron Coomer and Mickey Morandini once made me sit on their laps at Cubs Con. Based on that time with them alone, I’m all for Coomer. Fun guy,

        1. Doc Blume says:

          No players ever ask me to sit on their laps. :(

  2. Doc Blume says:

    Well…interestingly enough, my number came up too…

    And I declined. Makes me sad.

  3. My number came up too and I just can’t. I can’t even find 1-3 friends to even buy-in with me. As I mentioned on Facebook, I was roughly 41,000 only 3 years ago so they are burning through the list now.

    I’m not sure I will ever buy again (I had once from 2001-2011 but not under my name, as a partnership) but the cash-layout, even during the better years was never fully made back by reselling the tickets. At some point, as a true fan, you can turn an eye towards the loss because you have access to that rare thing called the PostSeason but I’d rather put $200 a month into a small savings account and just Stub-Hub a WS ticket if it ever happens. Owning tickets when I didn’t have a growing child was fantastic. The last 4 years I owned them, I found myself barely getting to 6 games a year. Priorities.

    1. NotAgain says:

      “…WHEN it happens.”

      /fixed

  4. gravedigger says:

    I was thinking along the same lines as you re maybe Samardzija’s value spiking due to the hotness of the hot stove, but then again the Nats got Fister from Detroit for not much, and Dave Dombrowski doesn’t get taken very often. So maybe not.

    1. dabirdguy says:

      The Tigers overspent last year.
      As a salary dumping deal this one one wasn’t too bad.

  5. Doc Blume says:

    I pretty much burn bags of cash in the winter months to keep warm…and I’d never sign Ellsbury to a contract like that.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Well I signed up in 09 and am still 40 thousand out!

  7. NorthSideIrish says:

    We’ve had our season tickets for five years now and have lost money every year…usually between 30-40%. It’s pretty rare to resell any game for full face value at this point. Lots of people are having their number called and I tell everyone to pass unless they can get a group together to share the losses. Our group has gone from 8 people in 2008 to 3 for this year, so get as many people in your group as you can. Or join ours…we need the help!

    1. Dave says:

      How did you lose money in 2008? That is absolutely mind boggling! We went to over 30 games that year , and still made back over 3k. I think more like 4-5. Tickets were in crazy demand that year.

      1. NorthSideIrish says:

        We got the call after the 2008 season, so 2009 was our first season and our tickets were pretty far down the line (Sec. 404). We’ve moved up every year since then and are now in the first row of the upper deck just behind 3B, but it’s still pretty rough. I think we got suckered in by the ticket demand in 2008…

        1. Dave says:

          Ah, gotcha. I was going to say you would have had to have tried to lose money in 08 for that to happen LOL. Better times ahead..

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hey that was mike b

  9. gravedigger says:

    if they sent me that letter and offered to pay for the tickets i’d still tell them to piss off.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I can agree with that one…considering how much I would still be paying for gas and for transportation/parking. I’ve been an ex-season ticket holder for only 2 years now, and I look back on it and am amazed that I spent that much time and money going to as many games as I did.

      I’m not going to do season tickets again until I move back to the Chicago area, and that really isn’t very likely to happen for a good long time unfortunately (or fortunately).

  10. Raythar says:

    I just signed up for it and am at 98,000. We’ll see how quickly it progresses, if at all.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I’m stunned there is still 98,000 people on that list.

  11. /Waves at Brian

    Dam Brian you just made me feel a little parent guilt as a STH. It’s easier for me as a parent since I live due west a few miles from Wrigley and can attend a game on short notice if I cant sell them. One thing is for sure there is no profit in being a Cub’s STH.

  12. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Julie, can’t you deduct the cost of the tickets as a “business expense.”? You do after all blog about the team…

      1. gravedigger says:

        or as a loss of income?

  13. NorthSideIrish says:

    I went to the Relocation Event today at Wrigley…plenty of good seats available if you decide you want to take the plunge…

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