Dempster: Players owe Ricketts success

April, 13, 2010
4/13/10
4:57
PM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
ESPNChicago.com

New Chicago Cubs owners the Ricketts family already have made plenty of improvements inside and out of Wrigley Field, now the players have to return the favor with success on the field, said pitcher Ryan Dempster.

"What they did already was huge," Dempster said Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "We got a bigger weight room. Size-wise it's not necessarily a whole lot bigger but it's got more space, higher ceilings and you can put a lot more stuff in there. We have a lounge, a place where we can sit and have something to eat which we haven't had before, and just kind of relax and watch video.

"It's our job as players to go out there and give the best effort we can and put a winning product out there. Already in the short term that [the Ricketts] have owned the team, they have shown a great commitment to try to improve things. If we're going out and giving our best they would also do that on the field whether it's adding a player at a certain time. For us as players we appreciate everything they've already done for us in our locker room. The easiest way for us to show we appreciate that is to go out and win ball games."

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