Whether you love him or hate him, it's difficult to argue against Mark Cuban's success in anything. He's built himself into one of the richest men in America, rescued the Dallas Mavericks from an extended drought of futility, and has fun along the way. Well, the last part obviously is a major issue for the Bud Selig and the old, personality-void curmudgeons running baseball, because a source close to Selig today revealed we'll never see Cuban's Cubs.
''There's no way Bud and the owners are going to let that happen,'' a Major League Baseball source said this week. ''Zero chance.''
I wish I could say I was surprised. God forbid the baseball powers-that-be allow someone who could inject life and personality into the game from the
bleachers. Why be scared?
What's he going to do, submit film about the strike zone after every single game and rack up millions of dollars in fines? Say the attention on the PED issue is good for the game because any publicity is good publicity? So what? That doesn't affect the game. Mark Cuban would bring even more interest to the Cubs, who are already one of baseball's biggest draws.
If he loses out on the bidding war, fine, but to shut him out based purely upon anticipated personality differences is an absurd decision.
Of course, it is Selig. I can't believe I'm surprised.
What a joke.
No Maverick in Wrigley: Mark Cuban Out of Running to Own Cubs originally appeared on MLB FanHouse on Fri, 07 Nov 2008 11:18:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.