CHICAGO -- Tom Ricketts made his point early on during his press conference, with as much emphasis as his flat, genial Midwestern timbre would allow him:
Don’t ask me who the next general manager of the Cubs is going to be. Seriously.
“By its very nature, this is a very personal process, both for me and for everyone that I’ll be talking to during the next few weeks,” Ricketts said with a dollop of naivete. “Because of that, it needs to be a very private process. Just to get out in front of it a little bit, we won’t be commenting on any rumors of any conversations with any individuals at any time, nor will we be giving any updates or checking in.”
So I guess that means we’re all free to speculate, right?