Well, it's official, Mark Cuban is in the hunt for the Cubbies.
If Cubs fans (and players) could vote for a new owner, Cuban would be their man -- no question. Cuban has the reputation of having a bottomless wallet. He is a billionaire, after all. And the long-suffering Cubs lovers think he might make their team the Yankees of the National League.
Not so fast. If they've been paying attention to the Mavs the last few years, they'd realize Cuban has definitely tightened the purse strings and gotten more prudent about his spending. (Remember Michael Finley, member of the NBA champions San Antonio Spurs?)
While charismatic Cuban may be the people's choice in Chicago, there's no question he's not Bud Selig and the MLB owners' choice. He's like Borat coming to dinner at that genteel Southern mansion. A turd in the proverbial punch bowl.
So, who knows? Cuban may be be serious about buying the Cubs, or he may also be doing this just to ruffle the feathers of the MLB peacocks. Cuban is not the only bidder in this high-dollar auction, and many of the other interested conglomerates have closer ties to Chicago.
For now, Cuban will be giving us a reason to pay attention to baseball in the second half. Heaven knows the Rangers can't say that.
-- Jeff Caplan, Rick Press