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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 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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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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March 31, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz
When I was getting ready for my Chicago sports weekend in Pittsburgh, I made a list of famous Chicago things I might see there: deep dish pizza, potholes, athlete statues, etc. I should have added "disappointment" to the list. The Blackhawks fell to the Penguins 4-1 on Sunday at the Consol Energy Center. The next day, the Cubs fell to the Pirates 1-0 in 10 innings on Opening Day. There were many more Blackhawks fans in Pittsburgh than Cubs fans. I spotted these fans sightseeing at Point State Park and drinking at a church-turned-brewery.
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August 1, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, For RedEye
In baseball, players come and go and teams thrive or dive straight into oblivion, but one thing never changes: Fans will always show their pride in jersey form. OK, so there are other things that never change, too, but RedEye caught up with die-hards at Wrigley Field and let them tell their stories of why they chose their jerseys. . Logan Johnson, 22, Marengo Ron Santo Ron Santo was an inspiration to me. He's probably one of the biggest heroes in my life, because he went through so much, from battling diabetes and stuff like that, and how he persevered through it. And also he's my favorite Cubs...
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February 21, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
If the rumblings prove true and 2013 sees the North Siders playing next season at The Cell while Wrigley is revamped, I'm going to do something I swore I never would. I am going to pray the Cubs suck. The thought of hoping a team tanks - the one with a big white flag with a "W" on it to which I've pledged allegiance - makes me feel less Chicago patriotic than putting ketchup on a hot dog while genuinely appreciating the tastefulness of the Marilyn statue. But it must be done.
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July 11, 2012 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
It always gets darkest before the dawn, or so the cliché goes, and it's all Cubs fans have at this point. If this Cubs season were a prime-time sitcom, it would be NBC's "Whitney," a grating, joyless exercise in entertainment that improbably manages to draw a respectable audience week in and week out. Before winning seven of 10 games recently, this team was on pace to lose more than 100 games as the ghosts of the past continue to haunt the...
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March 8, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
You've heard of men who stare at goats. Well, there's a pack of men who travel with goats. OK, well just one special goat named Wrigley. The clan, goat included, is making a cross-country road trip by foot from Mesa, Ariz., where the Cubs have spring training to Wrigley Field. "It's going pretty good," Matt Gregory, 33, from Washington, told RedEye by phone from Arizona, where he was walking alongside a train track. Gregory is part of a group of six guys from Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Tennessee - all Cubs fans who met in Alaska last...
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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 29, 2012 | Tracy Swartz and RedEye
After 95 days and about 2,000 miles, a group of five friends and a goat have arrived safely at Wrigley Field. Cubs fan Matt Gregory, 33, said he plans to present a $22,000 check for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, where Gregory's mom was treated for cancer before she died in 1999, at today's Cubs game against the San Diego Padres. The fundraising effort began on Feb. 25 (Cubs legend Ron Santo's birthday) in Mesa, Ariz., where the Cubs hold Spring Training.
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January 16, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Only the Cubs. Only the Chicago Cubs would roll out a mascot that makes everyone angry. Clark is his name, I'm sure you've seen him. I believe he replaces Ronnie "Woo Woo" Wickers, though I imagine Ronnie is still getting his drinks for free. FYI: Ronnie has a Wikipedia entry. I guess we all should. Anyway, to Clark. First, put some pants on. Second, seriously dude, the hat. Cheap plastic, snap fitted, worn backward. The whole thing screams "frat boy punk. " Idea: Let's get him some plaid shorts and complete the outfit.
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November 15, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It's far from high-definition, but it appears to be the first time you can watch a historic Cubs game from 1965 in color. Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue pointed out the WGN broadcast Friday. It includes "Mad Men"-era commercials for Hamm's Beer and Allstate Insurance. The video was uploaded to YouTube this week.  It's a bittersweet glimpse into the past for Cubs fans. On one hand, legendary announcer Jack Brickhouse can be heard calling the final innings of the game. Unfortunately, it's also footage of a no-hitter thrown by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jim...
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October 11, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
EDITOR'S NOTE Ten years ago this month, fans came as close to seeing the Cubs in the World Series as they'd been in six decades. Then the eighth inning of Game 6 in the National League Championship Series happened, setting off a catastrophic chapter in Chicago sports history. Why relive the Bartman game? Because it's a “where were you when … “ moment. Whether you blame him to this day or always believe he was a victim of overreaction, you've got an opinion. And even though it knocked Cubs fans down, they just keep getting back up. ...
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October 11, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
EDITOR'S NOTE Ten years ago Monday, fans came as close to seeing the Cubs in the World Series as they'd been in six decades. Then the eighth inning of Game 6 in the National League Championship Series happened, setting off a catastrophic chapter in Chicago sports history. Why relive the Bartman game? Because it's a “where were you when …" moment. Whether you blame him to this day or believe he was a victim of overreaction, you've got an opinion. And even though it knocked Cubs fans down, they just keep getting back up. Which...
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September 24, 2013 | By Julie DiCaro and Soxman and For RedEye
Mercifully, the 2013 baseball season in Chicago will be over in about 120 hours. With the White Sox and Cubs about to finish dead last in their respective divisions, no one blames you if you stopped paying attention after Opening Day. But before you completely immerse yourself in fall sports, RedEye contributors Julie DiCaro and Soxman show you why this season was so forgettable, and why 2014 can't get here soon enough. CUBS: JUST FORGET IT Carlos Marmol While the blown saves were instantaneous, the emotional...
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August 1, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, For RedEye
In baseball, players come and go and teams thrive or dive straight into oblivion, but one thing never changes: Fans will always show their pride in jersey form. OK, so there are other things that never change, too, but RedEye caught up with die-hards at Wrigley Field and let them tell their stories of why they chose their jerseys. . Logan Johnson, 22, Marengo Ron Santo Ron Santo was an inspiration to me. He's probably one of the biggest heroes in my life, because he went through so much, from battling diabetes and stuff like that, and how he...
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April 27, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
It's been 103 years since the Cubs called themselves World Series champions, and more than a half-century since they've even contended in the game. As the sentiment shifted from "this is the year" to "maybe next year" last season - one that saw 91 losses overall and way more losses than wins by July - something remarkable happened. A reliably and historically packed ballpark, even in the worst of times, began to see empty seats and gaps in the bleachers. Fans weren't just leaving after beer sales ceased, they were simply not showing up at all. But Cub fans say there are glimmers of hope...
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July 24, 2013 | By Evan F. Moore and For RedEye
No matter how you feel about the Cubs, they have a good thing going at the corner of Clark and Addison. But like most things that are falling apart, a facelift is needed. The Cubs want to capitalize on the Wrigley experience, as well they should. The old ballpark is a tourist destination, among other things. However, right now it has more in common with the Roman Coliseum than a state-of-the-art facility. New amenities will bring in revenue that will help the team compete in the near future, and the Jumbotron is the first step in the right direction.
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July 24, 2013 | By Julie DiCaro and For RedEye
It was inevitable that, in putting forth a Wrigley Field renovation plan that was acceptable to the Chicago City Council, the Cubs had to make some concessions. No pedestrian bridge over Clark Street, a smaller Jumbotron, fewer signs. Sadly, Cubs fans also have to give up some the renovations on their wish list. Here are nine fixtures at Wrigley the Cubs forgot about in their plans. 1) Urinal troughs I'm sure there's a rustic charm to urinating in a giant trough next to dozens of strange men that is lost on us women.
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