'There's Always Next Year': Ricketts

Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts says team is disappointed about performance on the field

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    NEWSLETTERS

    When asked about decisions made behind the scenes, Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts said, "There's always next year." (Published Thursday, Aug 25, 2011)

    "There's always next year." Cubs fans around the world know this saying all too well.

    Now, they're being joined by one of the team's co-owners.

    During an interview about the second annual Wrigley Field Road Tour Thursday morning on NBC Chicago, Todd Ricketts was asked about decisions made behind the scenes.

    Ricketts responded by saying, "We're ready to start thinking about next year."

    "The team is disappointed about the performance on the field, it didn't go the way we wanted it to. But you know, there's always next year and we're excited about it."

    Though you rarely hear an owner say such things before the end of a season, Ricketts can't be completely in the wrong.

    The Cubs have 32 games to play in the regular season and they're 20 games back from the Brewers who lead the National League Central Division.

    Last week, the team fired General Manager and Vice President Jim Hendry after 15 years with the organization.

    Hendry said Ricketts informed him about the move on July 22, but kept him on board through a number of player signings and the trade of Kosuke Fukudome in one of the best kept secrets in Cubs history.