Found April 05, 2012 on
Is there a Cubs game today? Does hope spring eternal . . . ish? Did my son proclaim, in response to my question yesterday evening about what tomorrow would hold, "It's Opening Day!"? Does the murderous grip of optimism have a stranglehold upon my throat? Will Steve Goodman forever ask from the grave what Chicago [...]
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Ryan Dempster threw 7.2 impressive innings today as the Cubs beat the Cubs. I imagine the Cubs will be beating themselves a lot this season so they're just getting us used to it right away. Dempster allowed only 2 hits, but 1 of those was a ball that Jeff Baker didn't feel like bending over [...]
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During Thursday's Opening Day MLB game at Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart hit a foul ball behind the third-base dugout that landed directly in a fan's cup of beer, resulting in a big splash. Not clear from the video which lucky fan was the owner of the cup of beer, but all of the nearby fans became unlucky victims of the giant splash. MLB/WGN Video...
I can't really afford the time to pour into these game recaps as I'd really like, so I'll just comment briefly on the bigger WTF moments.
Today, the honor goes to Kerry Wood and Dale Sveum in the 8th. Granted, I got called to a meeting just as Wood was imploding, but let's take at the play-by-play.
- K. Wood relieved R. Dempster- I. Desmond stole second- R. Zimmerman...
The Chicago Cubs, one of the most popular and lucrative sports franchises in the United States despite their unmatched record of failure, may be getting financial help to renovate historic Wrigley Field from its cash-strapped city.
As the Cubs take the field this week for what may be the 104th straight season without a World Series championship, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has triggered...
Tuesday night I endured a local school board meeting. It comes with the territory of my day job. I sat glassy-eyed in the gallery, my mind drifting ahead 48 hours at which point I would be sitting in the stands on Opening Night at Principal Park, cracking open peanut shells instead of stifling yawns.
After work on Wednesday I went to the ballpark to collect my media credential....
The Chicago Cubs have claimed infielder Luis Valbuena off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and outrighted right-hander Frankie De La Cruz to Triple-A Iowa.
The 26-year-old Valbuena is a career .226 hitter over parts of four major league seasons with Seattle (2008) and Cleveland (2009-11). He set career highs with 10 homers, 25 doubles and 31 RBIs in 103 games with the Indians...
I thought I knew a little about baseball til I started reading your posts here at TCR, Arizona Phil.The depth of your knowledge and your frank, watchful eye have kept us all deeply in the loop of our favorite team.Thanks.
And now...2012!Whatever the hell it turns out to be.
There’s obviously not going to be a lot of optimism in Chicago this season, as least for the North Siders, as the Chicago Cubs have entered yet another rebuilding season with new manager Dale Sveum, general manager Jed Hoyer and president Theo Epstein. But the beauty of baseball is that even in rebuilding years, miracles can happen, and the Cubs could be that Cinderella team that...
Welcome back to another year of Obstructed View series previews! And I guess Cubs baseball too. The Washington Nationals have come a long way since their "Natinals" days. The team has made great strides and could be a playoff contender if it weren't stuck in the NL East. Even then I wouldn't be too surprised [...]
Don’t you ever change, Cubs fans. And they said there was pressure on Theo Epstein to win now. Pssshh.
H/T Bryan Dryfout via Kevin Kaduk
The games threads this year, for as long as we do them anyway, are going to be abbreviated compared to the past. Stephen Strasburg gets the ball for the Nationals and Ryan Dempster gets his 2nd consecutive opening day start. Let's hope it goes better than the last one. Opening Day hasn't gone well for [...]