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MadetoOrta
09-10-2006, 10:17 AM
It seems appropriate that before we enter the tension-filled homestretch, a salute to Jerry Reinsdorf is in order. Otherwise, the season may end negatively and no one will want to discuss positives. JR deserves a thank you for many things including:

1. The ballpark looks fantastic.
2. Reaching out to Carlton Fisk and Mary Frances Veeck - when you didn't have to - showed complete class.
3. Sparing no expense to allow KW the ability to asssemble - in my opinion - the best team 1-25 in baseball. [It is not JR's fault that they're underacheiving]

In any case, thank you JR. No matter what happens the rest of the way this year, you've proved that you can talk the talk and walk the walk.

To JR!:gulp:

paciorek1983
09-10-2006, 11:28 AM
I agree. Now let's get him to get another organist if/when Nancy goes into full-time retirement.

TomBradley72
09-10-2006, 12:02 PM
I agree. The whole organization has been transformed over the past few years. The ballpark looks fantastic (even better when the green seats are completely installed), their marketing and customer service has improved 200%, great job connecting to the history of the franchise (ie. statues, getting the "alumni" involved), very competitive payroll, we've been contenders just about every year since 2000...JR is far and away the best owner in Chicago. Great job in hiring KW, Ozzie and Brooks.

TheOldRoman
09-10-2006, 01:38 PM
Oh man, wait until Lip gets word of this thread. He is NOT gonna be happy.:D:

batmanZoSo
09-10-2006, 01:41 PM
I <3 JR.

Best owner in Chicago sports history. Six with the Bulls, one with the White Sox...and one with a baseball team here counts as ten in any other sport.

IlliniSox4Life
09-10-2006, 02:18 PM
I <3 JR.

Best owner in Chicago sports history. Six with the Bulls, one with the White Sox...and one with a baseball team here counts as ten in any other sport.

Any way he can buy the Bears and Blackhawks? They both desperately need new owners.

TheOldRoman
09-10-2006, 02:35 PM
Any way he can buy the Bears and Blackhawks? They both desperately need new owners.
Remember, a rumor surfaced (probably 100% BS) that JR and Co. would buy the Blackhawks, and Wirtz would buy the Cubs from the Tribune. I know it would probably never happen, but I definately slept well the night I heard that rumor.

JUribe1989
09-10-2006, 02:41 PM
JR has 7 rings for a reason. He's the best owner in sports. Jim Thome and Ben Wallace in 1 collective offseason? MERCY!

batmanZoSo
09-10-2006, 03:05 PM
Any way he can buy the Bears and Blackhawks? They both desperately need new owners.

I'll talk to my people.

Dan Mega
09-10-2006, 03:39 PM
Championships in the last 30 years by ownership:

Reinsdorf = 7
Everyone else < 7

Enough said.

nlentz88
09-10-2006, 04:11 PM
I definitely agree that this club has undergone a massive transformation in recent years. I love the direction they're going. I'll give my thanks to Mr. Reinsdorf for his leadership and vision.

However, I also think this club's success is a product of the efforts of many, many people. From the world class grounds keeper to the PR firm to the loyal fans, many people should feel proud. I thank them all.

But yes, the chairman of the owners certainly deserves respect and honors.

TheOldRoman
09-10-2006, 06:28 PM
Championships in the last 30 years by ownership:

Reinsdorf = 7
Everyone else < 7

Enough said.
Umm, there are a few people at Halas Hall who would disagree with you.

Dan Mega
09-10-2006, 06:33 PM
Umm, there are a few people at Halas Hall who would disagree with you.

How many Superbowls have the Halas's/McKaskeys won in the last 30 years?

TheOldRoman
09-10-2006, 06:42 PM
How many Superbowls have the Halas's/McKaskeys won in the last 30 years? Ah, duh. I was thinking he was saying "7 less titles than Reinsy".:redface:

hsnterprize
09-10-2006, 06:51 PM
Umm, there are a few people at Halas Hall who would disagree with you.Not to mention, there a group of guys based in Rosemont...you may have heard of them...the Wolves, who have 3 reasons why they might to add to the conversation.

Not to mention, Karl Heinz Granitza (sp?) may want to add his Stinging two cents worth to the deal. I think his teams won both indoor and outdoor soccer league championships back in the 80's.

chisoxfanatic
09-10-2006, 10:12 PM
Right on! He brought what tons of us thought we'd NEVER see in our lifetimes right to us last year--a World Series CHAMPIONSHIP! That alone gives him MAJOR points with me. It seems he's the only owner here with any passion at all for what he does. He's willing to do what he can to win, and he won't just throw money at anything. He waits until the RIGHT signings come. I like how he seems to always have a plan and sticks to it. With time, it progresses into quite a fine product.

JR, I salute you!

FireMariotti
09-10-2006, 10:20 PM
Does this mean we no longer want him to sell, I mean cell??

soxinem1
09-10-2006, 10:24 PM
I agree he helped make it happen, but I don't trust him entirely. There were too many years of issues to not forget.

After forcing all those season ticket plan renewals down the holders' throats he and Krause dismantled the Bulls so bad they still have not recovered.

Before I go and name a street in his honor, let's see what he does if this team does not make the playoffs, or if they make it, make a quick exit.

Ask me the question again in a few years.....

Flight #24
09-10-2006, 10:49 PM
I agree he helped make it happen, but I don't trust him entirely. There were too many years of issues to not forget.

After forcing all those season ticket plan renewals down the holders' throats he and Krause dismantled the Bulls so bad they still have not recovered.

Before I go and name a street in his honor, let's see what he does if this team does not make the playoffs, or if they make it, make a quick exit.

Ask me the question again in a few years.....

Yeah, that was all him. Jackson & MJ had nothing whatsoever to do with it.....:rolleyes:

Hitmen77
09-11-2006, 09:22 AM
On the field, I think JR has a pretty good track record of putting a competitive team on the field. During his tenure, the Sox have won 94+ games five times (that's an average of doing this every 5 years). This could have been 6 times if there wasn't a strike in '94 and yet another 94+ season possibly this year if this team gets it's **** together. The Sox have something like the 3rd best record overall in baseball since 1990. The Sox haven't had a 90-loss season since 1989 - second longest streak in the majors. All this was done with alot less resources of other big market teams.

Off the field, JR certainly made some historic blunders during the first 15 years of his tenure - Firing Harry, move to pay TV, New Comiskey's design, his role in the strike, the white flag trade - that really hurt this franchise's market share. But, amazingly JR and his team has turned this around. The ballpark renovations, hiring Brooks Boyer, and of course - the crown jewel both on and off the field - the world championship have
unbelievably wiped clean all the past mistakes.

When JR took over the Sox, they were a financially troubled team with an uncertain future. Now, when he eventually steps down, he looks to be handing over a financially solid ballclub that has become one of the premier franchises in the league.

soxinem1
09-11-2006, 11:24 AM
Yeah, that was all him. Jackson & MJ had nothing whatsoever to do with it.....:rolleyes:

The way they stripped the team and replaced it with CBA players was really pretty ****ty. Are you defending that, especially when ticket prices at the UC were already ridiculous? Paying $300 to see an NBA game played by scrubs who were down 60-35 at the half every night? So Phil and Mike left, so what? They still had an NBA team left over.

Don't be suprised if it happens again...... at The Cell.

viagracat
09-11-2006, 12:00 PM
Not long ago I thought I'd never see a thread like this here or anywhere else. Jerry and Eddie did NOT get off on the right foot in Chicago and for the longest time came across as baseball's equivilent of Bill Wirtz--profit first; everything else, including on-field performance, secondary. He was truly despised by a lot of people, including myself, for the way he ran the Sox; Bulls success notwithstanding. Perhaps Reinsdorf learned his lessons the hard way--you know how attendance used to be--but in any case, his stint in charm school has paid off.

The presentation by Konerko to JR after the World Series was one of the best things I've ever seen. You just knew Reinsdorf appreciated that more than we'll know.

JR, your table is ready. Better late than never.

Flight #24
09-11-2006, 12:04 PM
The way they stripped the team and replaced it with CBA players was really pretty ****ty. Are you defending that, especially when ticket prices at the UC were already ridiculous? Paying $300 to see an NBA game played by scrubs who were down 60-35 at the half every night? So Phil and Mike left, so what? They still had an NBA team left over.

Don't be suprised if it happens again...... at The Cell.

I'm not defending the way they rebuilt, but it wasn't about being cheap. It was about trying to combine cap room with high picks all at once. It obviously failed for a number of reasons, including changes in the CBA. But regardless, I personally wouldn't have been much happier had they spent a bit more $$$, won 30-40 games, and been a quick out in the playoffs. They weren't winning a title no matter what they did that year. So bitching about how JR "stripped down the team" is pointless. Complain if you want that their rebuilding plan failed, but that's a completely different point than the one you're making.

And your comment on the Sox is pure unsupported crap. You're entitled to your opinion, but I'd bet $$$ that the Sox aren't going to do anything close to what the Bulls did. It's a completely different situation.

cheezheadsoxfan
09-11-2006, 12:15 PM
Not long ago I thought I'd never see a thread like this here or anywhere else. Jerry and Eddie did NOT get off on the right foot in Chicago and for the longest time came across as baseball's equivilent of Bill Wirtz--profit first; everything else, including on-field performance, secondary. He was truly despised by a lot of people, including myself, for the way he ran the Sox; Bulls success notwithstanding. Perhaps Reinsdorf learned his lessons the hard way--you know how attendance used to be--but in any case, his stint in charm school has paid off.

The presentation by Konerko to JR after the World Series was one of the best things I've ever seen. You just knew Reinsdorf appreciated that more than we'll know.

JR, your table is ready. Better late than never.

I agree that the presentation of the ball by Konerko and JR's reaction probably helped soften a lot of peoples perception of him. I know it did mine. Hopefully he has learned his lesson.

I just love the thought of Wurtz owning the Flubs, tho.

soxinem1
09-13-2006, 02:12 AM
I'm not defending the way they rebuilt, but it wasn't about being cheap. It was about trying to combine cap room with high picks all at once. It obviously failed for a number of reasons, including changes in the CBA. But regardless, I personally wouldn't have been much happier had they spent a bit more $$$, won 30-40 games, and been a quick out in the playoffs. They weren't winning a title no matter what they did that year. So bitching about how JR "stripped down the team" is pointless. Complain if you want that their rebuilding plan failed, but that's a completely different point than the one you're making.

And your comment on the Sox is pure unsupported crap. You're entitled to your opinion, but I'd bet $$$ that the Sox aren't going to do anything close to what the Bulls did. It's a completely different situation.

If the Sox do not make the playoffs, or do make it and exit quick, the leash will be shorter next year. I don't see nearly 3 million fannies in the seats if either of these scenarios happen. And we've seen before, if Jerry's Act is not popular, he will strip it to the bone.

I wouldn't say my statement is crap, the guy has done it before. Several times, in fact.

For now, I prefer to hope for the best, we can discuss this when it happens.

Hokiesox
09-13-2006, 09:48 AM
I just love the thought of Wurtz owning the Flubs, tho.

How do we get the stars to allign for this to happen? What a dream!

gobears1987
09-13-2006, 01:15 PM
I agree. The whole organization has been transformed over the past few years. The ballpark looks fantastic (even better when the green seats are completely installed), their marketing and customer service has improved 200%, great job connecting to the history of the franchise (ie. statues, getting the "alumni" involved), very competitive payroll, we've been contenders just about every year since 2000...JR is far and away the best owner in Chicago. Great job in hiring KW, Ozzie and Brooks.
JR is the best owner this city has seen since Papa Bear. I belive both have given the city about the same number of championships.