Honeymoon with fans fleeting as Cubs owners raise ticket prices

New Cubs owner Tom Ricketts.
New Cubs owner Tom Ricketts.

Amid a love fest of a Cubs Convention in which he and his sibling-owners got standing ovations and baseball fans chanted "Tommy! Tommy!", new Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts still got hit right between the eyes with the bottom-line question.

"Will you reconsider your decision to raise ticket prices due to the economy and job losses?" asked one fan during the Ricketts family's question-and-answer session with several thousand fans in the downtown Chicago Hilton and Towers' Grand Ballroom on Jan. 15.