April 25, 2012
The setup: Even though victories for the Cubs and White Sox this season might be few and far between, it's always fun to celebrate in a unique way. North Side fans have their way, and South Side die-hards have theirs. So which is the better postgame tradition: Singing "Go Cubs Go" at Wrigley or the fireworks at the Cell? SINGING OK, fine. I will concede that "Go Cubs Go" is a dorky song. It's no "Seven Nation Army," that's for sure. But after nine innings, four beers and two hot dogs, there's nothing finer than engaging in a rousing sing-along with 40,000 of your closest friends, the breeze off Lake Michigan sweeping up into the bleachers as you wait for the stadium to empty.
May 17, 2012 |
So, some doofus at City Hall actually scheduled a NATO summit the same weekend the Cubs are hosting the White Sox. No worries for me. I was planning a weekend of protests anyway. Mine, however, were relegated to more important issues regarding baseball in Chicago. Here's a brief rundown of this weekend's events. All times are CST and approximate, and may in fact never happen. We'll see. Friday 9 a.m., Clark and Addison: Protesting the fact the Cubs can't hold a lead.
June 14, 2012 |
Let's keep this real simple. Jose Quintana is the White Sox's fifth starter. Philip Humber, it's been fun. You had a nice 15 minutes, but that's it. Your new home is the bullpen, and if it's not there, it's in another city. Maybe Charlotte, N.C. Sorry, it's a race. Can't wait for you to right things. And Gavin Floyd, seriously, figure it out. Because right now, you and Humber are renting a two-bedroom in Charlotte. Hope you like NASCAR. OK, how about this one. Floyd and Humber to the Cubs for … Ryan Dempster.
June 11, 2012 |
They kick and scream. They shout for help from the minor leagues. They can't deal with the pathetic display before them. "They" are the majority of Cubs fans. Watching games has been more painful in 2012 than in any other year, they say. Psha! Sometimes I wonder if these fans have had their memories erased. I agree - this team is horrible. However, people need to understand that this starting lineup consists of players who would be lucky to find the bench on a pennant contender.
February 20, 2014 |
This is a fun time of year to be a Cubs fan and really, the only time because they haven't done anything yet to make me angry. They haven't done anything to make me happy either, but that's the Cubs. So we have Rick Renteria and the players arriving, everybody's happy. He says he'll meet with all players individually. Oh, please, I want in on the Starlin Castro/Anthony Rizzo meetings. Here's what I'd say: "Yeah, I realize these were some awful teams, but the days of babying you guys are over.
April 18, 2013 |
The Rickettses have their deal, now I want mine. Mine's real simple. Take all the money the Cubs are going to make with advertising, take all the money they're going to make with the new TV deal (there's that word again), and just put it all back into scouting, player development, and when required, megabucks for megastars. Blueprint questions? See Boston Red Sox 2003-present. I don't care about scoreboards, sidewalks, concourses, clubs, amenities, hotels, parking, street fairs, politics, zoning or ordinances.
April 27, 2012 |
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 this season, which kicks off with the home opener Thursday against Washington, even as experts and analysts predict the team will be one of the worst in the league.
November 18, 2012 |
The Miami Marlins' losses might wind up being the city of Chicago's gain, specifically when it comes to the millions in taxpayer dollars the Ricketts family is eyeing to help fund Wrigley Field renovations. That's because Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria all but ensured the end of taxpayer-funded stadiums last week by holding a fire sale. For years, Loria had said the team needed a new ballpark if it was going to be competitive in free agency, and the Marlins were initially. Heading into their first season in a new stadium that will eventually cost cash-strapped Miami-Dade County billions (that's with a "B")
January 30, 2012
The Chicago Cubs' latest plan for tweaking historic Wrigley Field is getting a green light--with some conditions--from the staff of the city's landmarks commission, according to the Chicago Tribune. Get the full story at Cityscapes .
April 6, 2014 |
Is the Cubs' season already this frustrating? It apparently is for one cub. A video posted Saturday on YouTube shows a dustup at a Wrigleyville bar between a man in a Cubs costume and a patron who removed the mascot's furry head. The video quickly racked up more than 30,000 views, thanks to a mention on Deadspin. As the site notes, this is not the Cubs' new mascot, Clark the Cub, but rather a fan version that is not affiliated with the team. Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page .