During the Cubs Convention last month, Tom Ricketts told fans a story of an interesting conversation he had over the summer with a Chicago taxi driver.

Listening to a Cubs game in St. Louis on the radio, the driver recognized it was the team's chairman sitting in the back seat of his cab.

"Mr. Ricketts, I am from Russia," Ricketts said relating the conversation. "And what you are doing is like writing a great novel. Do not win too soon. I want to read every chapter."

After waiting for the laughter to recede, Ricketts added the kicker:

"I said, 'Brother, you are the only person who ever has said that to me.' "

How long the wait will be for Ricketts to win remains to be seen. The team is coming off a 101-loss season, added little offense in the offseason and is expected to struggle through another playoff-free year.

But with spring training about to begin in the Valley of the Sun, this could be considered the high point of the Ricketts era:

• Construction of the team's new spring complex is under way on the other side of Phoenix, where the Cubs will begin Cactus League play in 2014. This will be their final spring training at HoHoKam Park.