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April 15, 2012 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
I was on Sheffield Avenue the other day when a very drunk man dressed like a Chicago Cub barfed on him passed by me shouting homophobic slurs at everyone in sight, and I knew baseball season had begun. Because I'm a veteran of the North Side whose sports loyalties remain in the dismal smog of central and northeast Ohio, I obviously hate the Cubs. What Cubs fans don't understand (although some might) is that it would be a disaster if the Cubs actually won the World Series. Sports are entirely about mythmaking, about camaraderie and shared illusions.
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May 19, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Parking can be tough when the Cubs are playing at Wrigley Field. A man was arrested after the game Saturday on charges of attacking two officers who "enraged" him by towing a friend's car that had been parked on Clark Street. Thomas Davidson, 23, of Rolling Meadows, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery to a police officer after he tried to stop them from towing his friend's car, according to a police report.  Davidson began yelling and swearing at the police officers, while standing near the intersection of Clark Street and Cornelia Avenue and observing the...
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June 25, 2012 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
A quick note to the Ricketts family - if you had enough money to buy the Cubs without relying on public aid to help you close the deal, you have enough money to fix up Wrigley Field without our help. Somewhere along the line, the public stopped being a potential fan base for professional sports franchises and more of a personal piggybank for billionaires looking to pad their bottom lines. The Rickettses, despite claiming to be a family of the people, are no different. Right now, they want the already severely cash-strapped city of Chicago to chip in $150 million to help renovate Wrigley and develop the area...
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May 19, 2014 | By Jay St. Pierre, @jaystpierre
Dear Chicago residents, GET YOUR ASSES OUT TO THE BALLPARK THIS WEEK! Seriously. Derek Jeter, one of the greatest shortstops in the history of baseball, is coming to the city. Good news: He and the Yankees are playing six games against the Cubs and White Sox. Bad news: This will be the final six chances you get to see him play at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field. You don't have to be a die-hard to recognize the significance of Jeter's final visit. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
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April 4, 2012 | By John Dooley, For RedEye
Somewhere in a Chicago convenience store, a Cubs fan is thumbing through the pages of his baseball preview. The prospects for next year look bleak. A cast of has-beens and could've-beens and probably-wont's fill the Cubs' roster page. The projection shows fourth in the NL Central. The overall preview is depressing. Unfortunately for him, this fan carries a life-threatening disease. It's called "The Disease of '89"; an improbable case of hope that plagues every Cubs fan, but especially those older than 30. No matter what the projection shows, no matter where the players came from, no...
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June 7, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
Because they're unwatchable, I ignore the Cubs. However, Theo Epstein could use a word of advice. Theo, you need to launch Starlin Castro immediately, and you know why. Simply: He was picked before you got here. That means he's tainted, damaged goods, a heartbreaker. If you want to rebuild this thing, tear it all the way down and nuke it good. As Ronald Reagan would say: "Mr. Epstein, tear down this franchise!" Put another way, trust yourself more than you trust the people who brought you: Corey Patterson, Felix Pie, Rich Hill, Bobby Hill, Mike Harkey, Gary Scott, Derrick...
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July 2, 2012 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
The last time the Cubs played a truly meaningful game, Barack Obama was still a U.S. senator and the "Twilight" series existed only in book form. It's been a long, rough road through the unmet high expectations of 2009, the midseason quit job of 2010 and the general malaise of 2011. But I believe the franchise may have hit rock bottom, and there's no way from there but up. If you've disengaged from regular Cubs fandom - and judging by sinking broadcast ratings and empty seats at Wrigley, you have - now is the time to make like Captain Picard.
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April 14, 2013 | RedEye
Even for the Cubs, this has been a bizarre week. You can't help but think there's something else at work. You know what we mean. No deal The Cubs wanted to have a Wrigley Field renovation plan in place by Monday. Uh, yeah, that didn't happen. They're still talking things over with city officials and Wrigleyville rooftop owners. Blah, blah, blah. Curse meter: 2 out of 5   Ewwwww … We're all for sending a message to team management when things aren't working out, but not like this.
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September 18, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
He's got a seat with one of the best views in all of sports in the Wrigley Field press box, but on a Cubs game day you'll almost never find the team's communications manager Kevin Saghy in it. "I love the view from the press box, but it can be hard to engage as we would want to if we sat up here for all nine innings," he said. Saghy, who along with colleague Mary Reisert serves as the voice behind the team's @cubs Twitter feed, prefers to spend his days at the ballpark using the account to connect with fans on a personal level.
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September 30, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
He's got four World Series rings, roots in the Chicago area and experience navigating the allegedly haunted halls of Wrigley Field. And now that Dale Sveum has been mercifully put out to pasture, it's time to bring Joe Girardi home to Clark and Addison. Sveum never had a chance with this roster as constructed, with players who should've been in Triple-A Iowa masquerading as major leaguers. It's unlikely he was fired for his record but rather for his inability to get through to Starlin Castro - whose absentmindedness in the field and at the plate has been...
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May 19, 2014 | By Jake Bressler and For RedEye
Thanks to Corey Crawford & Co., it's still hockey season in Chicago. The defending champs are now only three wins away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final, which means it's time for bandwagon fans to come out of the woodwork and buy Patrick Kane jerseys at Sports Authority. I'm the absolute wrong person to judge someone's Blackhawks loyalty. But I've never pretended to be a big supporter. I root for this team because it's positive for the city's economy and warm weather + tight women's Hawks shirts = cool.
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May 12, 2014
Well, the Cubs are once again sitting below .500 on the season and are currently in last place in the National League Central Division. With the introduction of a new mascot, Clark, this season a group of Cubs fans decided to create a new logo as well. Through a company called  DesignCrowd , a contest was created to come up with a new team logo. Emerging as the winner was Vicky Galmarini's submission. The contest was not promoted or endorsed by the Cubs organization or Major League Baseball.  Want more?
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May 12, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, RedEye
Wrigleyville is like a drunk eclipse. Stare directly at its center - Wrigley Field's Captain Morgan Club or the bleachers - and risk personal injury. It's sometimes marginally safer to stay around its periphery, where an entire neighborhood of bars beckons both pre- and post-game fans. But with whole blocks packed with blue-and-white-clad drinkers, where does one find the iconic Cubs experience? With honorable mentions to neighborhood favorites The Gingerman Tavern , Nisei Lounge and Sheffield's , we present the triangle of essential Cubs watering holes: The Cubby Bear, The Sports...
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May 8, 2014 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
It is 6:45 on a Saturday morning, an hour at which most bars are sleeping off last night's Fireball shots and other assorted bad decisions. "I'm Tottenham till I die …" It is at this hour that Lincoln Square's Atlantic Bar has suddenly bucked form and crackled to life. Bleary-eyed members of the Chicago Spurs, a stateside fan club for English Premier League squad Tottenham Hotspur, or Spurs as they're more colloquially known, exhorting their heroes from half a world and six time zones away.
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May 6, 2014 | By Jake Bressler, @jabressler and For RedEye
This could only happen in the Windy City. The one awful series in this legendary NBA first round involved your Chicago Bulls. Fortunately, the Blackhawks are starting to look like favorites to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. And we're approaching the stage of the playoffs when beards transition from quirky to downright creepy. -Patrick Kane scored two goals Friday night in a Game 1 win against the Minnesota Wild. He's also sporting his annual “Business in the front, party in the back” spring hairstyle.
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May 4, 2014 | By Emily Brown, @emily_brown88 and RedEye
There are 2,430 baseball games in Major League Baseball's regular season. At 3 hours per game, that's about 304 days' worth (7,290 hours) of TV watching packed into about six months. And two Chicago-area residents are undertaking that challenge. Cubs fan Michael Bolling and White Sox fan Stanten Jones uprooted their lives to move to New York City in March after they were among the eight fans selected to be part of this year's MLB Fan Cave. Bolling, 23, was born on the West Side and has lived in the city his entire life.
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April 10, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I would like to talk with you candidly about a very personal subject matter to me. I'm speaking, of course, of mascots. We had an incident in Wrigleyville (of course, where else?). A man parading around as an unsanctioned mascot gets picked on by an inebriated fan and retaliates with a punch. And this got me to thinking. I'd like to start a club for what I call "honest mascots" out there. Think about it. Look at Clark, the Cubs' new mascot. We hate him already, because every time you see him, he has a goofy grin on his face.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2012 | By Erin Brereton
Opening day is on the way, baseball fans. This Thursday, Wrigley Field's executive chef David Burns, who previously worked at local restaurants Le Bouchon and La Sardine, kicks off his seventh season designing the concession menus for the Cubs' home base. On April 13, U.S. Cellular Field's executive chef Olegario Soto, a former Spiaggia sous chef, will start his eight season with the Sox. We polled both chefs on fan favorites as well as what's new to their gametime menus this season.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Wrigley and the Cubs had their birthday cake, and now it's in the trash. The 400-pound Cake Boss-created birthday cake for Wrigley's centennial was a spectacle at Wednesday's celebration. Now it's apparently being hauled away to a dumpster on a forklift.  A Reddit user by the name of CheweysDingleberrys (heh) posted a series of photos Thursday of the massive cake looking as sad as Cubs fans walking out of Wrigley Field yesterday. "I have the task of disposing of the 400-pound Cubs cake" he wrote as the title of the post, noting that he...
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April 17, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
It's just a tremendous week for sports here in Chicago. Oh, you thought I was talking about the Bulls and Blackhawks playoffs starting this week? No. I'll get to that. This is the week we got to watch how it's done in baseball. The Red Sox visiting the White Sox. The Cubs in the Bronx. Rick Hahn, Theo Epstein: Hope you were watching and learning. Cubs in NYC. Look over there! It's Joe Girardi! Remember him? He's the guy who used you to get more cash from the Yankees. Memo to Epstein and Hoyer: He was never interested in you, ever.
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