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March 28, 2014 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
With the baseball season approaching, Chicago fans have questions about the Cubs and White Sox. Are they "burning questions"? No. Not with these teams. Either or both could lose 100 games this year and it would be according to plan. Either or both could be sort of all right, like, third place in their respective divisions, and that would be "ahead of schedule. " Neither team will be wearing champagne goggles until at least 2015. That's why the Cubs and Sox have itching questions.
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NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
We all know how crowded Lakeview gets the day of the Gay Pride Parade. So could you imagine if there was a Cubs home game on the same day and all that traffic that would come into the neighborhood? Well crisis averted. The Cubs were supposed to play at Wrigley Field on June 29, which is when the pride parade is planned. But the team changed the game schedule and moved the Sunday game against the Washington Nationals to Saturday, June 28 for a day-night doubleheader, the Cubs wrote on its Facebook page.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Cubs fans heading north on the Red Line Friday will be able to access Wrigley Field via the Addison stop as the Cubs open their 2014 season at home, the CTA said late Thursday. The CTA is allowing northbound trains to stop at the Addison stop from 10:50 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The CTA had previously said northbound trains could not stop there during that time so the agency could perform maintenance work. The CTA said a clerical error lead to an alert about this service change. Work was never originally scheduled for that day, CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinksi said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
In early October I'll post my full Q&A (and video) with Ben Affleck, who was a great sport yesterday when fielding a wide variety of sometimes ridiculous questions tied to his latest effort as actor and director, "Argo" (opening Oct. 12). For now, here's some of what the Red Sox fan had to say when asked what he thought when first hearing Theo Epstein was coming to the Cubs: “I thought the Cubs were going to win the World Series ... If the Cubs win the World Series, Theo's going to look like one of the greatest baseball geniuses ever.
SPORTS
January 4, 2012 | RedEye
When Cubs president Theo Epstein talks about changing the culture of the long-suffering team, he's not kidding. On Wednesday, he put his money - literally - where his mouth is, trading controversial pitcher Carlos Zambrano to Florida in exchange for pitcher Chris Volstad. The trade, first reported by foxsports.com, unites Big Z with the Big Mouth, Ozzie Guillen, who parted ways with the White Sox in September. Epstein himself hinted Big Z might be on the way out in an interview on WGN-AM 720 earlier Wednesday before news of the trade broke.
SPORTS
August 15, 2012 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. Cubs fans could be forgiven if they saw the box score from the Gwinnett Braves-Pawtucket Red Sox game June 12 and did a double take. That likely would have been followed by a wistful pause to ponder what might have been. That day, would-be Greatest Pitcher in Cubs History Mark Prior came on in relief for Pawtucket in the eighth inning to face Felix Pie. You might remember him as the would-be-franchise-cornerstone-turned-Gwinnett-outfielder. Prior promptly hit Pie with a pitch; he retaliated by stealing second base.
SPORTS
April 2, 2013 | By Scott Bolohan and For RedEye
Los Angeles. Tampa Bay. Detroit. Arizona. Chicago. St. Louis. Washington, D.C. It might sound like a Johnny Cash song or the world's worst layover, but for Edwin Jackson, they are the places he's called home since 2005. Now Jackson, 29, returns to Chicago, this time with the Cubs, who signed him to the first long-term contract of his career (four years, $52 million). He'll be on the mound for the North Siders on Wednesday. It appears his wandering days are over. For Jackson, moving is nothing new. After all, his Twitter profile lists his locations as "Wherever the wind blows me. " A self-described "military brat," Jackson was born in West Germany while his dad was a cook in the Army and didn't pick up baseball until moving to Georgia at age 8. "I've been on the move all my life so I'm kind of used to it," Jackson said.
SPORTS
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 makes this the perfect time to check in with those who lived it. Not only because it's a key moment in Cubs lore, but because it gives everyone a chance to ask: With the Cubs so far away from winning it all, do you still believe in them?
SPORTS
July 15, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
It's been a bad year for Chicago baseball. The city's beloved ball clubs enter the All-Star break a combined 27 games under .500, and any hope created in 2012 on either side of town seems long dead. The 2013 season will be remembered by fans of either club as sad and painful, so it's the perfect time to ask an invaluable question: Which team makes it fans happier? RedEye developed a formula that considers 16 factors in the categories of regular-season and postseason victories, individual player performance, milestone games (a no-hitter, for example)
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