Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers Genuinely Surprised the Tribune Company Rejected His $4 Offer for the Cubs
January 26, 2009
(Chicago, IL) – Last week the current owner of the Chicago Cubs, the Tribune Company, finally announced that they had selected a winner of the bidding process to purchase the team: Tom Ricketts, whose family owns discount brokerage TD Ameritrade.
While most Cubs fans are thrilled to have Ricketts, a self-professed fan of the team, running the show, some can’t help but feel left out in the cold. That’s because their efforts to purchase the Cubs came up just a little bit short.
Among those would-be owners is Wrigleyville staple Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers, who says he made a fair offer for the team, but was summarily rejected.
“I was – woo – absolutely shocked that my bid wasn’t seriously considered,” he said. Wickers’ surprise is, itself, surprising. After all, his offer fell $899,999,996 short of the highest bidder for the team.
“I don’t – woo – get it,” Wickers said. “I offered four dollars, and offered – woo – to be the best owner ever. Don’t they – woo – want to be owned by a true fan?”
“I was willing to negotiate – woo – you know? I could have gone as far as five or six bucks. I would have even thrown in my Star Trek: The Next Generation pogs. Well, except Geordi LaForge.”
Wickers was not alone in rejection.
Others whose bids were not accepted include Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, captain of industry Lex Luthor, the editorial staff of The Cubs Brickyard, and the Count from Sesame Street, who had intended to bid $950 billion, but insisted on counting it out in ones.