11/5 Theo meets Rahm
New Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein met with Rahm Emanuel this week and presented Chicago’s mayor with a Cubs jacket.
“While we are a city with a deep set of loyalties to which baseball team we are for, regardless of your loyalty, I think the whole city is wishing him well in this new venture with the Chicago Cubs,” Emanuel told the media Friday.
The mayor said Epstein’s arrival has not changed his mind about taxpayer-funded renovations for Wrigley Field. Emanuel has said Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts’ plan to set aside future gains in city and county ticket taxes to pay for improvements to the 97-year-old stadium was a “non-starter.”
“I am not changing my perspective from the taxpayers just because people are excited,” Emanuel said. “I will still evaluate anything I do as it relates to Wrigley Field based on the interests of the taxpayers. That’s who I’m negotiating for.”
Emanuel and Epstein did not discuss adding more night games at Wrigley or changing the ballpark’s landmark designation.
“It was mainly, ‘Does this size fit you?'” Emanuel said.
— Carrie Muskat