July 24, 2013 |
It was inevitable that, in putting forth a Wrigley Field renovation plan that was acceptable to the Chicago City Council, the Cubs had to make some concessions. No pedestrian bridge over Clark Street, a smaller Jumbotron, fewer signs. Sadly, Cubs fans also have to give up some the renovations on their wish list. Here are nine fixtures at Wrigley the Cubs forgot about in their plans. 1) Urinal troughs I'm sure there's a rustic charm to urinating in a giant trough next to dozens of strange men that is lost on us women.
July 18, 2013 |
Being a sports fan and a sportswriter, I have never fully pledged allegiance to the Cubs or White Sox. But I must say I've always had a special place in my heart for Wrigley Field. Throughout its 99-year history, the Friendly Confines has managed to keep its old-school and nostalgic appeal over the years. But with baseball modernizing at a rapid pace, the Cubs have finally decided to follow this trend. They are doing so with their proposed $500 million renovation plan. One aspect of the project is a 5,000-square-foot Jumbotron that the Cubs want oh so badly.
July 16, 2013 |
While there are exceptions, most Chicago baseball players are having forgettable seasons. But we didn't want to feel left out from all the pomp and circumstance of the All-Star Game and the ESPYs on back-toback days this week. So RedEye is doing what any conscientious publication would do: handing out a unique set of first-half baseball awards, courtesy of Julie DiCaro (Cubs) and Soxman (White Sox). Julie DiCaro and Soxman are RedEye special contributors. . WHITE SOX Phegley of the Year The rookie of the year award has been renamed for the arrival of the White Sox chosen one. The heck with the Dos Equis guy, catcher Josh Phegley is the most interesting man in the world.
July 15, 2013 |
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)
July 14, 2013 |
Cubs TV play-by-play man Len Kasper loves his job, but the music aficionado says it comes with one major drawback. "I'm gonna miss a lot of great shows this summer, including The Replacements reunion in September," the 42-year-old said. "I'm trying to figure out how to get back from Pittsburgh. We go from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee on that Sunday night so I'm trying to figure out a way to make a detour to Chicago to check out the reunion because I will be really bummed if I miss it. " But while he misses a lot of shows he'd like to see, Kasper never misses a game because, much like the team's fan base, he loves spending summers at Wrigley Field.
July 11, 2013 |
See, here's where they get you. For the Cubs and Sox, it's pretty apparent the sale of the year is here. Everyone must go, and for the Cubs, that means the old favorites like Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano. However, they're going on a teaser run here, showing off for the fans and the scouts. For the fans: Don't fall for it. We need to send these guys on their way. For the players, I'm warning you once and I'm being nice: When your turn comes, kindly get the hell out of here.
July 2, 2013 |
Maybe it's because they were sick of being overshadowed by the Blackhawks' big moves. Or maybe they're serious about retooling. Whatever the case, the Cubs and Sox were awfully busy Tuesday. So were these moves a single, double, triple or home run? Cubs trade Scott Feldman, Steve Clevenger What they get: Pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop, and two international signing bonus slots, all from Baltimore. Rating: Double A big part of this move is collecting "international bonus pool money" to sign players.
June 13, 2013 |
Thunder, lightning, three overtimes, late nights, I'm exhausted. It this sounds like a typical week in my sexy nightlife, but please. A simple request. Let's wrap these up a little earlier please! Seriously, I'm exhausted! Some of us have to work in the morning! I got yelled at for dozing off at my desk! So thanks, Andrew Shaw, for the game winner. Next time, slap one in during regulation. In fact, note to all players: That's really what regulation is for. It's to decide the game.
April 25, 2013 |
Ending his recap of a recent Cubs loss, a local TV sports anchor said, "D'you know what Cubs fans have to look forward to this summer? Lollapalooza. " My wife, a Sox fan, wondered how I could still get excited about the prospect of going to games at Wrigley Field. "The place is broken down," she said, "and you're only going there to watch them lose. " It's true. I've been to Wrigley plenty of times, but I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen the home team win. Yet even on the countless losing days, I always walked away smiling, knowing I'd be back in no time.