On Possible Cubs Owner Mark Cuban: You Either Love Him or Hate Him or You Think He’s Just OK
July 28, 2008
(Chicago, IL) – The sale of the Chicago Cubs is nearing its closing stages, and according to reports, the list of suitors has been trimmed to three. Among the three, and reportedly the highest bidder at $1.3 billion, is Mavericks owner (and maverick owner) Mark Cuban.
Cuban is an eccentric type in the mold of George Steinbrenner, but one that clearly cares deeply about whether his Mavericks win. But are his antics too much for some Cubs fans? To be certain, the idea of Mark Cuban as the Chicago Cubs’ owner always evokes strong responses from Cubs fans – in both directions. Or something.
Newspapers and television shows excitedly report platitudes about the divisive nature of Mark Cuban. He is such a large personality, that those who know him either love him or hate him, they relish in saying. And we’re sure that they’re right – clearly it is only possible to either love Mark Cuban, or absolutely hate him. Mostly.
Just ask any Cub fan, and they’ll scream at you about Mark Cuban that they love him, or they hate him. They will all do it. Every time. Except sometimes.
“Mark Cuban is exactly what the Cubs need,” Ella Pilney of Lincoln Park says. “A passionate, rich owner, willing to spend to win. I love him.”
“Mark Cuban is a freak, and I don’t want him,” says Mark Foster of Wrigleyville. “His antics distract from the game, and I can’t stand it. And I can’t stand him.”
Yes, the reactions are strong to the suggestion of Mark Cuban as Cubs owner. Except when they’re not.
“Whatever, man,” Billy Simmons of the near West side says. “I don’t really care who owns the Cubs. As long as they keep playing, and do all right, whoever is fine. Cuban? I mean, I guess he’s ok.”
It is therefore clear, that reports of Cuban as completely loved or hated is spot on true, almost. Everyone either loves or hates Mark Cuban, or they think he’s somewhere in between. And that’s quite a story.