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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bob Costas tells News he owes Cubs’ Pedro Strop an apology - NY Daily News

“The tone of it was not what I intended. I intended it as a kind of sarcastic comment about this overall thing where everybody seems to be pointing toward the heavens for every accomplishment, large and small, or even for no accomplishment at all,” Costas said. “I inadvertently appeared harsh toward Strop. That wasn’t my intention. And so

I owe him an apology. And I will apologize to him (on Sunday).”

Costas was adamant in saying his reaching out to Chase had nothing to do with the Internet backlash.

“We can be disingenuous about it if we want, if it suits our purposes, but we all know this: We live in an age of faux outrage, of disproportionate outrage. Everything is shocking, over the top. ‘He savaged Pedro Strop’ — I mean, come on, come on. Let’s get a handle on this,” Costas said. “I could have done better and I will apologize. But . . . that’s just Internet stuff. I’m going to take care of it the same way I would have taken care of it if it was 1986. And that’s going to be that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, media

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Holy Shit, Bob Costas

Did Bob have money on the Cubs last night?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

(video) Len Kasper interviews Darryl McDaniels during the 7th

Cool interview between Cubs TV announcer (and noted music geek) Len Kasper and Daryl McDaniels, founding member of Run DMC. They get into the story behind “walk this way”.

It’s a very charming interview. Len’s just giddy meeting a legend, and Darryl’s really appreciative.

Cabbage Posted: June 24, 2015 at 02:22 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, music, run d.m.c.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Video: Must C: Bryant rips two homers | MLB.com

Kershaw doesn’t get the call on strike three then Bryant crushes his first homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, cubs, kris bryant

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Inside the plan for Chicago Cubs top prospect Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs Blog - ESPN

If he can stick behind the plate, he could be the most valuable catcher in baseball within a few years.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Monday, June 15, 2015

Tribune: Cubs To Call Up Kyle Schwarber (1st Round Pick ‘14 Draft)

“Regardless of how this week goes, Kyle will head to Triple-A (Iowa) after Sunday’s game,” Epstein said.

The second biggest sports news of the day in Chicago?

 

VoodooR Posted: June 15, 2015 at 11:52 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Cubs Den: The Starlin Castro Dilemma

This article sums up my feelings on Starlin Castro quite nicely.  To wit:

It would almost seem unfair. After five years of playing with trash and for nothing, to be jettisoned at the very first period of success. There is no room for sentimentality in sports, and especially with this era for the Cubs, of course. Sentimentality is partly why the Cubs ended up in the mess that they did.

...

I don’t want the Cubs to keep Starlin for the sake of it. I want Starlin to make himself kept.

VoodooR Posted: June 14, 2015 at 03:42 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Right field bleachers open - Chicago Tribune

The right field bleachers are finally opening.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

Monday, June 08, 2015

I-Cubs’ Javier Baez fractures finger in Sunday’s win

Bad news Chicago Cubs fans: Iowa Cubs infielder Javier Baez’s road back to the major leagues hit a snag when he suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left ring finger during Sunday’s game.

A Chicago spokesperson who confirmed the news added that the team had no timetable on how long Baez would be out and that he would be evaluated further the next couple of days. ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers reported Sunday that Baez will be out 4-to-8 weeks

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Friday, June 05, 2015

Why manager Joe Maddon bats the pitcher eighth in the Chicago Cubs’ lineup

Jayson Stark with a nice article about Joe Maddon’s decision to bat his pitcher 8th.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, lineups

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-4-2015

Pittsburgh Press, June 4, 1915:

The Chicago National League club may may have new stands next year. The present structures are regular eyesores. They have been patched and repatched and their plans altered so many times that the Cubs’ park is the worst-looking architecturally of any in the major leagues.

The Cubs did have new stands in 1916, but it didn’t happen the way the writer expected.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 04, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dugout, history, wrigley field

Cubs call-up coming? Baez to start playing third base Wednesday

Are the Cubs really moving Bryant to the outfield?

But, another infield spot appeared to open up for the Cubs who started third baseman Kris Bryant in left field during Tuesday’s game at Miami.

Baez is off to a great start to the I-Cubs season, compiling a .325 batting average with seven home runs, six doubles and 26 RBIs through his first 32 games with Iowa. He entered Wednesday’s game riding a five-game hitting streak while also batting .351 with four homers in his last 10 contests.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Video: Benches clear after Lake homers | MLB.com

The Marlins didn’t like Lake’s showboating.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, marlins, video

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Starlin Castro wants to take charge of his problems - Chicago Tribune

Castro, however, has an issue with his own lack of urgency that he claims has led to many of his six fielding errors in his past 11 games.

“The errors come when I stay back,” said Castro, who has committed 12 errors this season. “Simple as that. If I have time to attack the ball, I’ll never make an error. If I stay back, I’ll make an error because I really don’t move my feet. I stay back and ball travels more and has a chance to make a bad hop. If you attack the ball, I use my legs to make better throws, too. If you stay back, I have to get quicker. That’s why my arm goes down or up and that’s why.

Castro has been visibly emotional after committing several of his recent errors, and he said he wanted to release some tension after hitting his home run and taking nearly 30 seconds to complete his jog around the bases.

“It’s emotion,” Castro said. “But I don’t really do it to offend anybody. It’s been a long time (May 8) since I hit a home run. May was a tough month. We start June, and we hit a home run right away. It makes me more excited.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Monday, June 01, 2015


Thursday, May 28, 2015

A House of Worship, Converted

Inside one doorway, the words of Exodus 25:8 curl in illuminated script across a cream-hued wall. “Make for me a sanctuary,” the verse reads, “and I will dwell in their midst.” Outside, a sign above the entrance denotes what this 114-year-old sanctuary has been renamed: the Cubs Den.

In the summer of 2012, the Sons of Israel synagogue, which had not housed a congregation since 1991, was repurposed as a souvenir store for the minor league baseball team next door. Before this season, the club ended a 17-year affiliation with the Arizona Diamondbacks and became the Class A team of the Chicago Cubs — hence the shop’s name and the bear claws inside.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, cubs, indiana, judaism, religion

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Video: Statcast: Bryant’s 477-foot shot | MLB.com

This is a home run.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Monday, May 25, 2015

Javier Baez heating up but is there a place for him?

Baez hit two home runs on Sunday against Tacoma, raising his batting average to .322, and now has five long balls since rejoining Iowa after the passing of his sister.

For the moment, Baez simply doesn’t have a place on the big league team—not that the Cubs have even determined he’s ready.

VoodooR Posted: May 25, 2015 at 12:35 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ricketts Family Buys 3 More Rooftops Across From Wrigley Field « CBS Chicago

Exactly how many of these businesses are there?

There are more than a dozen rooftop businesses along Waveland and Sheffield avenues, and the Ricketts family now owns six of those buildings after one of their entities purchased three buildings on Sheffield Avenue from Sheffield Finance, the Tribune reported

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PAUL & DEADSPIN, THE CUBS THREW OUT YOUR CRAP NARRATIVE

STOP THE PRESSES!!! CUBS DID NOT THROW OUT YOUR GRANDMA’S BRICK!!

(Well, actually they did. But they say they are replacing it with a newer brick. No info, however, if they would be willing to replace your grandmother with a better one if you decide to throw the old one out.)

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field, wrigley field renovation

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TV Ratings Up, But Teams Still Dependent on Cable Providers

Baseball is dead.

Before getting to baseball’s dependence on the health of major cable companies, here is a brief look at some early season numbers. The first month of the season has seen big increases in viewership for national games on Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network, including double the amount of viewers aged 18 to 34 watching game on Fox Sports 1. The Chicago Cubs have doubled their ratings after their increased commitment in the offseason as well as the arrival of Kris Bryant. The Kansas City Royals have done the same coming off their World Series appearance. The Houston Astros have seen an increase in viewership after finally resolving their local disputes, at least as far as getting their games on all the local cable packages. The Arizona Diamondbacks have seen their highest ratings in a decade while the games of the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres rank first in their broadcast territories among all shows. A recent article by Maury Brown at Forbes showed that baseball games beat playoff games from the NHL and NBA in many markets across the country.

The ratings so far this season are a great indicator of baseball’s popularity. Not only is baseball beating playoffs in other sports, it is also beating first-run shows on networks.



Monday, May 18, 2015

Chicago Cubs catching prospect Kyle Schwarber stays hot, homers twice for Tennessee Smokies | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Unlike Pete O’Brien, I liked what I saw of Kyle Schwarber this spring training. He won’t be Johnny Bench, but he should be able to catch well enough to fit his explosive bat into the Cubs lineup.

“You really have to find time for the defensive things, because there are not many times set aside just for that. You try to push yourself every day because you want to be boring back there. You want to have the same footwork, the same arm slot, the same exchange. In the offseason, I spent more time working on my defense than offense by far. Now since we’re in the season and we have to find time, it’s more 50-50 because if you’re not good defensively, the game can change in a big way.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber, the next big thing

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cubs-Mets trade will happen ‘at some point’

s both teams move toward contention in the near future, Cubs’ general manager Jed Hoyer believes that the sides will eventually match up on a deal (via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times).

“We haven’t made a deal yet, but there’s been matches that made sense, and I’m sure we’ll talk to them in the future,” said Hoyer, who has a relationship with Mets player-development executive Paul DePodesta going back to their time together in the Padres’ front office.

Cubs president Theo Epstein and Mets GM Sandy Alderson also have a good relationship.

“I guess when you factor in the hitting and the pitching, I guess people think it’s unusual,” Hoyer said of the fact the teams haven’t hooked up on a trade.

“But it’ll happen at some point.”

 


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