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February 26, 2013 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
Like most Cubs fans, Starlin Castro is eager to put last year behind him. "It's a new season," the face of the franchise said when asked about 2013. "I'm excited. I feel pretty good. " After the way 2012 ended, it would be hard to fault Castro for wanting to get away for a while. The team had just lost 100 games for the first time in nearly 50 years and he had just signed a seven-year, $60 million contract months earlier. And while that would be enough to have most guys packing their bags for a relaxing vacation the moment the season ended, Castro took a different approach.
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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 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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October 30, 2013 | By Gabe Salgado and For RedEye
Dale Sveum is out the door, Joe Girardi chose to stay in New York, and the Cubs are practically back to square one in their search for a new manager. The ultimate goal, one would think, is to pair a manager who develop and relate to players with the swarm of Cubs prospects who will be here in the near future. Currently the list of candidates for Cubs managers is at six. That list includes former Cub Dave Martinez, former Indians manager Manny Acta and San Diego assistant general manager A.J. Hinch.
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October 30, 2013 | By Gabe Salgado and For RedEye
Dale Sveum is out the door, Joe Girardi chose to stay in New York, and the Cubs are practically back to square one in their search for a new manager. The ultimate goal, one would think, is to pair a manager who develop and relate to players with the swarm of Cubs prospects who will be here in the near future. Currently the list of candidates for Cubs managers is at six. That list includes former Cub Dave Martinez, former Indians manager Manny Acta and San Diego assistant general manager A.J. Hinch.
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May 17, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
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.
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June 7, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
Because they're unwatchable, I ignore the Cubs. However, Theo Epstein could use a word of advice. Theo, you need to launch Starlin Castro immediately, and you know why. Simply: He was picked before you got here. That means he's tainted, damaged goods, a heartbreaker. If you want to rebuild this thing, tear it all the way down and nuke it good. As Ronald Reagan would say: "Mr. Epstein, tear down this franchise!" Put another way, trust yourself more than you trust the people who brought you: Corey Patterson, Felix Pie, Rich Hill, Bobby Hill, Mike Harkey, Gary Scott, Derrick...
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June 20, 2012 | RedEye
Another round of the Crosstown Classic is in the books, and as usual, we learned a lot about both the Cubs and White Sox in the meantime. Tribune contributed   Jake Peavy (still) owns the Cubs In two starts against the Cubs this season, Peavy's pitched 15 1/3 innings and surrendered just one earned run. In his career, he's 7-3 with a 2.23 ERA vs. the North Siders. Does he have any advice for Zach Stewart? Or Gavin Floyd and Philip Humber, for that matter?
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August 16, 2012 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I have seen the future. It is here, and it is bleak. I hate to use actual numbers, because we're more about the feel of things, but this is painful. Your future Cubs. Brett Jackson has struck out like 18 times in 32 at-bats (a .563 average!). Josh Vitters, the third baseman of the present/future, or "the new Gary Scott," is hitting roughly .100. Starlin Castro, the shortstop of the present/future/never, has taken a nosedive since June. Wait, there's more! Matt Garza, your stud pitcher, is done for the year.
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August 30, 2012 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Just a tremendous deal by the Cubs, locking up Starlin Castro for seven years. Maybe. We'll see. There is a lot that can happen in seven years. He could get injured. In fact, I think we all know this is bound to happen. The ADD could really kick in, rendering him useless in the field as he will forget how many outs there are. He could gradually become … a Cub. You know, time passes, you fall in love with life here, it gets too comfortable. He could just implode and go away like Carlos Zambrano.
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May 23, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
It appears we have a job opening in Chicago. With Brian Urlacher's retirement official, I am afraid that we need to officially post "the guy who owns Chicago" job on Craigslist. This is a tough one, because we can't just pass it out to anyone. Past holders of this position have included: Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, Mike Ditka, Ryne Sandberg and Urlacher. Take a look around, I'm seeing zero candidates. It's a complex screening process. But Urlacher had it. Tough, loyal, played a position adored by Chicagoans.
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April 11, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I'd like to talk to you about a very special word used here in Chicago. That word is "patience" and Cubs fans are once again being asked for it. One of the seven heavenly virtues. The question: How much do Cub fans have? I walked off this job long ago, but anyone who has seen this team this year knows this: At the major league level, they have … nothing. I'll give you Anthony Rizzo for the future and maybe Starlin Castro when he's not in la-la land, but that's it for position players.
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April 7, 2013 | By Jimmy Greenfield @jcgreenx and For RedEye
The pieces aren't in place yet for the Cubs, but the plan is and so is the braintrust. Whether Tom Ricketts, Theo Epstein and Dale Sveum will succeed remains a mystery, and the fact is there's more to be done. A lot more. So on the cusp of Wrigley Field's 99th birthday, RedEye presents 99 things the Cubs need to do before they can return to glory. 99. Win the World Series. Duh. 98. Make Carlos Marmol go bye bye. 97. Tell the rooftop owners to go pound sand.
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March 28, 2013 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Never mind misery. Meh loves company in the case of the 2013 Cubs and White Sox. Both of Chicago's baseball franchises will finish this season with subpar 79-83 records and again sit at home during October. That's according to a simulation conducted by RedEye on Sony's "MLB The Show 13" on PlayStation 3. Here's a month-by-month breakdown: APRIL Cubs catcher Welington Castillo tears a ligament in his finger on opening day and is out one to two months. Not a good omen. The rest of the month doesn't hold much better news - even with a three-game...
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February 26, 2013 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
Like most Cubs fans, Starlin Castro is eager to put last year behind him. "It's a new season," the face of the franchise said when asked about 2013. "I'm excited. I feel pretty good. " After the way 2012 ended, it would be hard to fault Castro for wanting to get away for a while. The team had just lost 100 games for the first time in nearly 50 years and he had just signed a seven-year, $60 million contract months earlier. And while that would be enough to have most guys packing their bags for a relaxing vacation the moment the season ended, Castro took a different...
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August 30, 2012 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Just a tremendous deal by the Cubs, locking up Starlin Castro for seven years. Maybe. We'll see. There is a lot that can happen in seven years. He could get injured. In fact, I think we all know this is bound to happen. The ADD could really kick in, rendering him useless in the field as he will forget how many outs there are. He could gradually become … a Cub. You know, time passes, you fall in love with life here, it gets too comfortable. He could just implode and go away like Carlos Zambrano.
SPORTS
April 11, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I'd like to talk to you about a very special word used here in Chicago. That word is "patience" and Cubs fans are once again being asked for it. One of the seven heavenly virtues. The question: How much do Cub fans have? I walked off this job long ago, but anyone who has seen this team this year knows this: At the major league level, they have … nothing. I'll give you Anthony Rizzo for the future and maybe Starlin Castro when he's not in la-la land, but that's it for position players.
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May 23, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
It appears we have a job opening in Chicago. With Brian Urlacher's retirement official, I am afraid that we need to officially post "the guy who owns Chicago" job on Craigslist. This is a tough one, because we can't just pass it out to anyone. Past holders of this position have included: Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, Mike Ditka, Ryne Sandberg and Urlacher. Take a look around, I'm seeing zero candidates. It's a complex screening process. But Urlacher had it. Tough, loyal, played a position adored by Chicagoans.
SPORTS
August 16, 2012 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I have seen the future. It is here, and it is bleak. I hate to use actual numbers, because we're more about the feel of things, but this is painful. Your future Cubs. Brett Jackson has struck out like 18 times in 32 at-bats (a .563 average!). Josh Vitters, the third baseman of the present/future, or "the new Gary Scott," is hitting roughly .100. Starlin Castro, the shortstop of the present/future/never, has taken a nosedive since June. Wait, there's more! Matt Garza, your stud pitcher, is done for the year.
SPORTS
June 20, 2012 | RedEye
Another round of the Crosstown Classic is in the books, and as usual, we learned a lot about both the Cubs and White Sox in the meantime. Tribune contributed   Jake Peavy (still) owns the Cubs In two starts against the Cubs this season, Peavy's pitched 15 1/3 innings and surrendered just one earned run. In his career, he's 7-3 with a 2.23 ERA vs. the North Siders. Does he have any advice for Zach Stewart? Or Gavin Floyd and Philip Humber, for that matter?
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