And if he's wrong, well, he probably just will say the same thing next year.
In his state-of-the-Cubs meeting with the media Wednesday at Cubs Park, the Cubs chairman made his annual claim that this year's team is playoff-worthy.
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Of course, the Cubs lost 96 games last year and didn't add any player of significance, so you can see why he's so optimistic.
"Well, look, every few years it happens somewhere, right?" he said. "There are teams that flip it around in one season.
"We have a good, young nucleus of guys who, if they get back on their career trajectory as we anticipate they will, and we have a great new manager and a lot of positive energy coming through, anything can happen. We're going to be fine. It's going to fine."
Ricketts then threw in a plug for the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, before his trusty media relations guy thanked the media and turned off his tape recorder.
Everyone is optimistic this time of year, but the idea of the Cubs contending for a playoff spot is not something the front office had been promoting all winter.
Do they agree with Ricketts that they have built a contender for 2014?
"That's why we're here," President Theo Epstein replied. "Sometimes in the offseason it's more appropriate to answer the big picture questions about long-term planning and things like that. Once you get in here and you have 68 guys busting their tails every day to get better and to win, you shift to a shorter-term focus.
"And that's the goal for the year always, to win the World Series. And to win the World Series you have to get in the postseason, and to get in the postseason you have to contend."
Yep. And to contend, you typically have to have a roster full of talented players, which the Cubs don't have right now. But Epstein insisted that with the added wild-card team, you just need to get off to a good start to contend.
"One way you get off to a good start is to have a real productive spring training," he said. "And we can control that."
So, to reiterate, the 2014 Cubs can contend?
"Yes," he repeated. "That's why we're here."
When Epstein was with the Red Sox, he always had the money to put together a contender. Now he has a small market payroll that forced him to sit out the winter and sign cross-your-fingers free agents such as Jason Hammel and Jose Veras.
The Cubs will receive $140 million over 14 years for the Budweiser sign they intend to erect in right field in 2014, and even more revenue from a large video board in left field, which tentatively is scheduled for 2015 if the rooftop squabble is resolved.
But, in the meantime, Ricketts lowered the payroll for the sixth straight season, tying the hands of Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer as they wait for the farm system to produce.
Epstein denied he was misled about the business plan when he was hired, or that he planned on bolting after his contact ends after 2016.
"Look, there have been some variables along the way that haven't gone the way any of us wanted," he said. "But that's to be anticipated with the Wrigley (renovation) delays and things like that.
"If anything, it has made us more single-minded about what we're all about, which is developing a really solid foundation of young talent."
Epstein said he has "no regrets whatsoever" over his five-year deal with the Cubs. Assuming Ricketts gives him an extension, he will be here for quite a while.
"I want to be here at least until we win a World Series," he said. "I look at things in 10-year increments as far as one's career and one's development. I'm certainly looking at it as a long-term deal."
So 10 years with the Cubs?
"No specifics," he said.
If so, that would mean Epstein is here through 2021, by which time the rooftop battle should be over.