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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ballhawks still congregate outside Wrigley Field despite lack of action - Chicago Tribune

“People don’t realize when they do stuff like that, it’s the memory,” Ross told cubs.com the next day. “I’ll always remember that guy gave me that ball and was kind enough to do that. Now that guy is connected with me for life in my memory.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david ross, wrigley field

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Questions for the Cubs before they open a giant outdoor bar | Chicago Sun-Times

Quality of life is on the line, people, on the line!

Measured in baseball time, the Cubs’ venture into the outdoor bar business looks to be in about the fourth inning.

The Cubs can’t possibly believe this game is close to over, right?

Not when the Cubs’ proposal for an open-air drinking establishment next to Wrigley Field remains vague. Not when the quality of life in a whole neighborhood is on the line.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2016 at 10:19 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

Thursday, May 26, 2016

From internment camp to Dodgers and Cubs clubhouses, these brothers became part of baseball history

The Kawano brothers seem to be listening. They occasionally smile or nod their heads but do not speak, so it is hard to guess what they are thinking.

On a bright Saturday morning, Yosh and Nobe sit near the window in a day room at their nursing home, the sunlight etching fine shadows across their wrinkled faces. Family has gathered around to tell stories from the old days.

Like the one about Sandy Koufax and the trash can. Or the boat out to Catalina Island, where the Chicago Cubs used to hold spring training before the war.

“Baseball was everything to them,” says Frank Kawano, who is Nobe’s son. “They loved the game.”

The brothers were never professional ballplayers. Yosh spent five decades in the major leagues as clubhouse manager for the Cubs, and Nobe held the same job for almost as long with the Dodgers.


Monday, May 16, 2016

PIRATES’ GERRIT COLE: CUBS AREN’T THE BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL

When a reporter posed the question that Cole just shut down the best team in baseball, the Pirates pitcher politely corrected the statement:

“It’s just an opportunity to salvage the series,” Cole said. “I don’t really think they’re the best team in baseball.”

Of course, the Cubs are currently the best team in baseball - the only team still in the single digits in the loss column halfway through May.

The Cubs sit at 27-9 overall with a +109 run differential. In fact, their run differential was higher than the next two teams (Red Sox +58) and Cardinals (+46) combined entering play Sunday.

McCoy Posted: May 16, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, lalaland, pirates

Jed Hoyer, The Other Guy in Cubs front office, fits role perfectly - Chicago Tribune

Talk about the Cubs around town and Jed only comes before Theo alphabetically, a reality Hoyer accepts without a hint of resentment.

“No, it doesn’t bother me,’’ Hoyer said. “One of the first things we talked about when we did this was that this only is going to work is if it’s a total collaboration. No one knows who works on what deals or what contracts. Once you start getting into who deserves credit in a front office, it’s a huge negative and we’ve done what we can to avoid that.’‘

It helps that Hoyer holds his buddy in as high esteem as others.

“Listen, Theo is one of a kind,’’ Hoyer said. “He has created an amazing culture and is as good of a baseball executive as this game has seen in long time. I’m fortunate I’ve been able to learn from him. We form a great partnership and know the way the other thinks. How I see it is, your ultimate goal in every sport is to be a good teammate and help your team win. … I want to be that good teammate.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, general managers, jed hoyer

Friday, May 13, 2016


Thursday, May 12, 2016

First Strasburg, Then Arrieta

“The misconception is that Scott wants everyone to go to free agency,” Arrieta said of Boras. “I made it clear I like Chicago. I think everyone knows that. If I had it my way, I’d stay here. That’s just one side of the story. We’ll see.”

When asked whether he’d give a hometown discount to the Cubs, Arrieta flatly said “no” while shaking his head.

Arrieta said “aces get 7 years”—just as Strasburg got—so think of that as a starting point. And think $200 million as one, as well.

Boras is 63 and might be planning his retirement.

bbmck Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: boras, cubs, jake arrieta, strasburg

Monday, May 09, 2016

Javier Baez homer wins it in 13th as Cubs rally past Nationals - Chicago Tribune

The Cubs just aren’t natural. Which type of black magic are they using?

At what point does winning 24 of their first 30 games — including the last seven in a row —become surreal?

“Hasn’t it?” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said with a chuckle. “I mean, I think you’d have to look inside a season to see that kind of a stretch, but when it occurs at the beginning of the season it really stands out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

USA TODAY: Bryce Harper saw 27 pitches against the Cubs and didn’t swing at a single one

The Nationals outfielder had seven plate appearances in Washington’s 13-inning loss. He was walked six times and also hit by the pitch once. The six walks ties an MLB record for most walks in a game. [...]

Jayson Stark ✔ ‎@jaysonst
That’s 6 BB & one HBP for Bryce Harper today. @ESPNStatsInfo reports no player in the last 100 years has reached base 7 times without an AB!
6:47 PM - 8 May 2016

From 1913 to 2016, (requiring ROE=0, TOB>=6 and AB=0), sorted by greatest TOB

                                                               
Rk     Player     Date Tm Opp   Rslt PA AB R RBI BB TOB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE BOP PosSummary
1   Jimmie Foxx 1938-06-16 BOS SLB W 12-8 6 0 2   0 6   6   0 0   0   0   0   4       1B

(Note: B-R has no PBP data, only boxes, prior to 1930.)

bobm Posted: May 09, 2016 at 02:19 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cubs, nationals, records

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Rogers: ‘Run differential’ is becoming Cubs’ favorite phrase

At this point, observers might think the opposite is true—teams have to go through the Cubs—as the numbers point to a run-scoring and run-prevention pace that is unprecedented in the history of the game. The Cubs have scored 93 more runs than their opponents through the first 26 games. It is the greatest differential through 26 games since 1905 and puts them on pace to shatter the all-time record of plus-411 set by the 1939 New York Yankees. Of course, they’ll slow down, won’t they? If not, they’ll outscore the opposition by a whopping 579 runs over the course of 162 games.

Next up is the second best team in the majors.

McCoy Posted: May 05, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, greatest team

Tuesday, May 03, 2016


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jake Arrieta sounds off on Cubs future, PED rumblings: ‘Some people are idiots’

A little late on this story.

Sorry about the paucity of links the last few days. A family member has been dealing with a medical issue the last few days and I’ve been busy providing support. Luckily she’s now fine and her prognosis is good.

I’ve heard players, and I’m talking about some of the best players in the league,’’ Arrieta told USA TODAY Sports, “question whether I’ve taken steroids or not. Some of the things I hear are pretty funny, and some people are idiots, frankly.

“I’ll see on Twitter, ‘My close source revealed to me he’s on steroids.’ Well, the 10 tests I take a year say otherwise. I eat plants. I eat lean meat. I work out. And I do things the right way.

“If there are guys still on it, I hope they get caught. I care about the integrity of the game. I wouldn’t want to disappoint my family, my friends, my fans. That’s a huge motivating factor in doing it the right way.

“There are so many people that are counting on you, and leaning on all of us in this clubhouse to do some special things for the city of Chicago. To jeopardize that by taking banned substances, would be a ridiculous mistake.’’

He laughs at the cynicism and innuendo, without displaying the slightest hint of anger.

“Hey, that’s one of the best compliments you can give a guy,’’ he says. “I appreciate the fact that you think I’m pretty good, but taking steroids, that’s pushing it.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, peds

Let’s just put the coronation of the Cubs on hold a minute | FOX Sports

We interrupt the coronation of the Cubs to remind you that that the NL Central features two other contenders with powerful offenses.

Yes, the Cubs already lead the Pirates by three games and the Cardinals by 3½; neither of the trailing clubs is pitching as well as expected, while the Cubs rank second in the NL in ERA.

The race, however, remains intriguing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Monday, April 25, 2016

AP: Cubs fan says arrest on field after no hitter was ‘worth it’

America!

Dylan Cressy tells The Chicago Tribune he handed his wallet and phone to a friend and scouted his route before the last out was called Thursday night in Cincinnati.

The 22-year-old Indiana University student then jumped over a railing, ran past an officer and began jumping up and down with Cubs players. Cressy patted Arrieta on the head before an officer dragged him away. He was charged with criminal trespass.

Cressy describes the game as “pure joy.”

His father wasn’t thrilled when his son called him from jail. But when Michael Cressy found out why he was arrested he was proud. He says “It took some guts.”

Renegade JE (Jason) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, douchebag, fans, idiot

Friday, April 22, 2016

Jake Arrieta throws no-hitter against Reds | MLB.com

Congrats to Arrieta and the Cubs!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 12:07 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jason Heyward blitzed with N-word taunts from Cardinals fans in return to Busch Stadium

Jason Heyward’s return to St. Louis was marred with racial slurs.

In addition to booing, ESPN crowd mics picked up multiple Cardinals fans yelling the N-word at the new Chicago Cubs right fielder, who played last season for the Redbirds.

Heyward — who signed an eight-year, $184 million contract in the offseason — spent just one year with St. Louis.

Sadly, fans who who felt slighted by his so-called betrayal, felt booing wasn’t enough to get their point across.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, jason heyward, racism

Ex-Cardinal Heyward is where he wanted to be

Once all of his suitors made their financially generous overtures, it became clear to outfielder Jason Heyward that no matter what baubles and clauses the Cardinals were willing to add they could never offer what he truly wanted.

They didn’t play in Chicago.

They didn’t have the Cubs’ young players.

“It came down to Chicago was really where I would like to be at the time,” Heyward said Monday. The Cardinals “made a trade for me. They traded a couple good pieces. I feel like they had every intention of keeping me here. They said that. And they followed that through with their actions. It didn’t come down to contract. Whether it was the opt-out, whether it was the full no-trade (clause), or what have you — it came down to taking the opportunity to be where I wanted to be and for the first time in my life having the choice.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, jason heyward

Sunday, April 17, 2016

WGN: Kevin Costner Wants to Make a Movie About the Cubs

Costner, who starred in two of the most famous baseball movies ever, “Bull Durham” and “Field of Dreams,” told King he is hoping to make another.

“I’ve got one more in me,” Costner said.

When King pressed him to elaborate, the actor replied, “It has to do with the Cubs.”

Costner said he wasn’t sure if he’d follow through on the project, but said “I’ve got to get it written.”

McCoy Posted: April 17, 2016 at 11:34 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, movies

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Look at Cubs’ underground lair reveals lavish new digs

Celebration room with strobe lights and disco ball?  Celebration room with strobe lights and disco ball.

The Cubs dug deep — 40 feet or thereabouts — for their new underground digs at Wrigley Field.

They wouldn’t reveal, however, how deep Chairman Tom Ricketts dug into the club’s pockets to fund the team’s new 30,000-square-foot clubhouse project that features a Las Vegas-like players lounge, hyperbaric chambers, a 3,800-square-foot training room, new weight room and rehab facilities.

Perry Posted: April 13, 2016 at 10:25 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hubris

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The return of Javier Baez and how Cubs are prepared for next wave of injuries | CSN Chicago

Next man up!

Baez hit in the middle of Triple-A Iowa’s lineup on Monday night, with Cubs manager Joe Maddon saying the organization would like to see him get around 20 or 25 at-bats before joining the big-league club.

That could happen as soon as this week’s opening homestand at Wrigley Field — or once Baez gets his timing down after a left thumb injury prevented him from making the Opening Day roster.

The Cubs plan to move Baez around the infield and the outfield with Iowa, grooming another versatile player to help fill the void with Schwarber awaiting surgery to repair the torn ACL and LCL in his left knee.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2016 at 10:35 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Weight: Refurbished Cubs team returns to renovated Wrigley Field - Chicago Tribune

Who doesn’t love rats in the work place?

Still, some of the old standbys will be missed. Hammel joked he would miss the rats, the ones former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen often referred to when describing Wrigley as a “dump.” Hammel confirmed Guillen’s stories are not the stuff of urban legend.

“The rats were mostly in the storage areas back behind where the lockers are,” he said. “But one thing I won’t miss, if and when we’re celebrating, is I won’t have a puddle of booze puddled up in front of my locker. There were some low spots in the old clubhouse.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2016 at 09:09 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field, wrigley field renovation

Friday, April 08, 2016

Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber goes on disabled list | MLB.com

Well, this just sucks.

Kyle Schwarber, injured in a collision in the outfield on Thursday, will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to fully torn ACL and LCL ligaments in his left leg, as well as a severely sprained left ankle, the club informed reporters before Friday’s game against the D-backs.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 07:15 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Cubs Rizzo knocks in 6, but Schwarber injured | MLB.com

Dexter Fowler somehow escaped injury.

It was not all good news for the Cubs as they watched left fielder Kyle Schwarber sprain his left ankle in an outfield collision in the second inning.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, cubs, kyle schwarber

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Chi Trib: Rosenthal: Look at what Dodgers fans don’t see on TV

The problem is SportsNet LA, which made its debut in 2014, remains unavailable across wide swaths of the Los Angeles market. Time Warner Cable launched the channel with a 25-year rights deal said to be worth about $8.35 billion. But to recoup the money it’s obligated to pay the Dodgers, it has pressed carriers for huge fees that would be costly to sports fans and nonsports fans alike.

So Dodgers telecasts are available in roughly 1.8 million L.A.-area households, mostly Time Warner Cable’s own subscribers, while the Los Angeles Times reports about 3 million homes in the metropolitan area are left in the lurch.

This can’t be good in the long term.

Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: April 06, 2016 at 06:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Theo Epstein ready to make the big deal when Cubs need pitching | CSN Chicago

“It has to be the right opportunity,” Epstein said near the end of spring training in Arizona. “It’s not going to be a deal where we just sell out for the moment.

“It has to be someone that fits — both for now and probably for the long-term if it’s going to be a bigger deal. But we’re very open to it. We understand we’re a little bit deeper, a little bit better positioned with our position players and with our pitchers.

“It’s certainly something that we talk about every day.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

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