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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 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?
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September 30, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
He's got four World Series rings, roots in the Chicago area and experience navigating the allegedly haunted halls of Wrigley Field. And now that Dale Sveum has been mercifully put out to pasture, it's time to bring Joe Girardi home to Clark and Addison. Sveum never had a chance with this roster as constructed, with players who should've been in Triple-A Iowa masquerading as major leaguers. It's unlikely he was fired for his record but rather for his inability to get through to Starlin Castro - whose absentmindedness in the field and at the plate has been infuriating - and other young stars on the roster.
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September 26, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
One of the brightest spots in what has turned into yet another bleak Cubs season isn't the blue chip first baseman or the erratic $60 million shortstop who tend to get all the headlines. Rather, it's 30-year-old journeyman who has spent more time on the road than Jack Kerouac himself. "He's been one big bright spot the last couple weeks since he's been here," said manager Dale Sveum. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Donnie Murphy. "Especially just traveling all over the place and hopefully just these last two months, hard work has paid off," the soft-spoken California native said.
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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 damage will last a lifetime.
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September 23, 2013 | By Scott Bolohan and For RedEye
"Keep watching. " That was the best advice Ken Vangeloff could give me. We were trying to catch baseballs on Waveland Avenue during batting practice before the Cubs game Sunday. If anyone would have a good advice, it would be Vangeloff. Since 1990, he said he has caught around 3,600 baseballs. You read that right. And that only puts Vangeloff, 51, of Wrigleyville, somewhere around fifth among the ballhawks, the nickname associated with the people who catch baseballs during batting practice.
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September 18, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
He's got a seat with one of the best views in all of sports in the Wrigley Field press box, but on a Cubs game day you'll almost never find the team's communications manager Kevin Saghy in it. "I love the view from the press box, but it can be hard to engage as we would want to if we sat up here for all nine innings," he said. Saghy, who along with colleague Mary Reisert serves as the voice behind the team's @cubs Twitter feed, prefers to spend his days at the ballpark using the account to connect with fans on a personal level.
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August 26, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
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.
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August 1, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Some good news regarding the remaining baseball season:  Gov. Quinn has announced the signing of the medical marijuana bill here in Illinois. Unless I'm mistaken, that means your doctor can prescribe it for you as a way of coping with having to watch this crap. Don't miss this opportunity, see a physician ASAP. Because if you care to look, you'll see two teams, miles away. Still. Hats off to Rick Hahn for the Jake Peavy trade. We send the Jakemeister to Boston, and here's the good news: We send his medical file as well.
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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 player of all-time.
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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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