January 17, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times reports: The Cubs will ask the Commission on Chicago Landmarks next month for the go-ahead to put up a 75-foot electronic sign in right field at historic Wrigley Field if the city insists that approval is required, a team official said Monday. Get the full story at SunTimes.com .
October 30, 2013 |
Dale Sveum is out the door, Joe Girardi chose to stay in New York, and the Cubs are practically back to square one in their search for a new manager. The ultimate goal, one would think, is to pair a manager who develop and relate to players with the swarm of Cubs prospects who will be here in the near future. Currently the list of candidates for Cubs managers is at six. That list includes former Cub Dave Martinez, former Indians manager Manny Acta and San Diego assistant general manager A.J. Hinch.
October 25, 2012 |
Following changes in ticket prices, the Cubs are now considering more afternoon start times for Friday games, as well as additional Saturday night games. The organization is asking East Lakeview residents to help them make the decision. In a survey issued to Lakeview residents, the Cubs wrote, "On such an important issue for the Cubs, we believe it's important the voice of the entire community is heard and would appreciate your feedback. " The Cubs said 3:05 p.m. start times on Friday would allow more fans to attend games after work and provide the team additional time to prepare after Thursday night trips.
January 14, 2014 |
Cubs officials are less than thrilled by the way the Internet has treated their new mascot. After the team revealed its first mascot of the modern era -- Clark the Cub -- Monday, it didn't take long for things to get inappropriate. Deadspin was quick to rally its readers, asking them Monday to "Do something horrible to the Cubs' new, perverted mascot. " The sports blog chipped in a photo of its own, giving Clark a completely NSFW treatment. (Be wary of the link, there's plenty of photoshopped inappropriateness ahead.)
February 21, 2012 |
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.
March 8, 2012 |
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 summer working at a resort - who hope to raise money for cancer research and "crack the curse" of the billy goat so their beloved Cubbies can capture a World Series win. "Our hope is that we show up and get invited in for the game," he said, goat and all. He said he wrote a letter to Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein but hasn't gotten a response.
February 1, 2012 |
The top of the fifth is underway in the first game of the Cubs' season. TVs show Kosuke Fukudome as he steps to the plate against the Braves in Atlanta. He's 2-2 with a single, a double and a run, facing Derek Lowe. On this overcast Monday afternoon, a few patrons are gathered around the taps. Tomorrow, the Craft Brewers Conference is set to kick off and Opening Day IPA is brewing. For those that came to watch, more than a few of those suds might be necessary, as the Cubs would go on to lose 16-5.
July 11, 2012 |
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...
August 26, 2013 |
He earns a living on one of baseball's most sacred diamonds, but it didn't always feel like Logan Watkins' destiny. "I wasn't really a huge baseball fan growing up," said Watkins, a second baseman for the Cubs. "Obviously I like playing baseball but watching it, I caught the highlights every now and then but I never really sat around and had a team that I watched pretty religiously. " Naturally, that's changed since he became a pro ballplayer. "I love the sport and my favorite team now is the Cubs but it's been crazy," he said.
November 15, 2013 |
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 Maloney against the boys in blue. Bleed Cubbie Blue notes it's extremely rare to see colorized tape of baseball from that era, or any television for that matter. Want more?