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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.
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April 6, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
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 . 
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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.
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April 3, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Cubs fans will have one fewer option for getting to the ballpark this summer. The CTA is no longer running a weekend and night shuttle from a North Side parking lot to Wrigley Field this year. The Cubs decided not to subsidize the No. 154-Wrigley Express, which traveled between DeVry University and Wrigley for a $6 round-trip ticket that included parking, the CTA said. A Cubs spokesman did not immediately respond for comment. About 50,000 rides were taken on the bus last year, up 20 percent from the year before.
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March 31, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and Kate Bernot, @kbernot and RedEye
It's an ode to a century of boozing at Wrigley Field. The Cubs announced today they will release ten new "toddies" over the course of the season this year, a nod to each decade the North Side ballpark has endured in Wrigleyville. The cocktails are the brainchild of Wrigley executive chef David Burns, who will reveal the recipes online as they are introduced throughout the season at the park. We can't judge a cocktail by its cover (or at least the written descriptions we were given)
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March 30, 2014 | By Julie DiCaro and For RedEye
I'd love to have the luxury of comparing the Cubs to a show like "The Walking Dead," or any popular scripted drama for that matter. Alas, in terms of quality, drama and critical acclaim, the Cubs are more like a sitcom. A sitcom on its way up, no doubt, but a sitcom nonetheless. Sort of like the first season of "The Office. " Ricketts family = Michael Scott The Ricketts family are the dim, well-intentioned, enthusiastic-but-utterly-clueless regional managers of the Cubs.
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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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March 20, 2014 | By Michael E. Ruane, The Washington Post and Washington Post
WASHINGTON - When the National Zoo's female sloth bear, Khali, delivered three cubs last December, she consumed one of them right after it was born. Carnivores do this in the wild when there is a sick offspring. A deceased cub in the den can draw predators, the zoo said. But a week later, when Khali consumed the second cub, keepers feared for the third. So for the first time in the zoo's history, keepers took a sloth bear cub from its mother to raise by hand. Three months later, after weeks of incubators, midnight feedings and quiet sessions in a rocking chair, the sickly cub has grown into a healthy 11-pound sphere of black fur and relentless curiosity.
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February 20, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
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.
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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.
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