Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts speaks to the media prior to a spring training baseball practice, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Matt York
February 24, 2016

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said Wednesday he found it ''surreal'' to see GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump ''threaten'' his mother on Twitter over her political contributions.

Earlier this week, Trump posted a tweet that said: ''I hear the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!'' The reference was to a reported campaign contribution made by Ricketts' mother, Marlene, to an anti-Trump PAC.

Speaking to reporters at the Cubs' spring training complex in suburban Phoenix on Wednesday, Ricketts said: ''It's a little surreal when Donald Trump threatens your mom.''

Marlene Ricketts is married to Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of T.D. Ameritrade.

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