Chicago Sports Stars of the Week: April 21

Chicago Sports News- It wasn’t the best of weeks for Chicago sports, but there were still some positives that can be taken away. Although Joakim Noah struggled in Game 1 of the Chicago Bulls series vs. the Washington Wizards, he still had a very productive end to the season. Also, Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs went off and was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal week of baseball...
Via Sports Mockery
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds CF Billy Hamilton beats out a grounder to 1st base

Tweet Know when you realize that your speed is off the charts? When you can beat out a routine ground ball to first base with no error committed on the play, which is exactly what Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton did Sunday against the Cubs: Your browser does not support iframes. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo played the grounder cleanly but Hamilton is so quick...
Via Los That Sports Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 2, Reds 8 (4/20/14)

OSS: Carl Newhouse isn’t a very good pitcher, and the Cubs as a collective aren’t a very good hitter. Three Up 1. Anthony Rizzo went 2-3 with 2 walks. It’s hard to ask for a lot more than that. 2. Emilio Bonifacio went 2-4 with a walk and a double. He also stole a base and was caught stealing. Bonifacio went ice cold after being red hot, so it was nice to see another good game...
Via Obstructed View
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Watch Billy Hamilton beat out routine grounder to first base for a single

Your browser does not support iframes.Most major league hitters who ground a ball to the first basemen are easy outs. However, most major league hitters are not Billy Hamilton.Watch as the fleet-footed youngster legs out a relatively routine groundball to Cubs first basemen Anthony Rizzo in the third inning of Sunday's game at Wrigley Field.Hamilton would use his speed shortly...
Via Redlegs Review
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Speedy Billy Hamilton beats out a grounder, to first base

During Sunday's game against the Cubs, speedy Cincinnati outfielder Billy Hamilton had an infield hit. That doesn't sound very impressive, until you see it for yourself. Hamilton hit a ground ball off pitcher Carlos Villanueva that first baseman Anthony Rizzo fielded cleanly approximately 7 steps behind the bag. Hamilton raced down the line and beat both Villanueva and Rizzo to the base.
Via Fox Sports Ohio
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Anthony Rizzo in Sunday's lineup

When Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo came out of Saturday's game with back spams, neither he nor his manager, Rick Renteria, was certain if Rizzo would play on Sunday. Now we know the answer. Rizzo is in the Cubs lineup as of 45 minutes before game time on Sunday. MLB Lineups posted the Cubs' batting order.4/20 @Cubs lineup vs CIN Bonifacio CF Sweeney LF Rizzo...
Via Sports Injury Alert
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (back spasms) pulled from game

Due to back spasms, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo did not come on to the field for the 8th inning of today's game against the Cincinnati Reds. Mike Olt moved from third base to first base and Luis Valbuena came in to play third as the Cubs won the game 8-4. According to Doug Padilla of, Rizzo said his back tightened up on him after making a stretch...
Via Sports Injury Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cash Rules Everything Around Me

The Andrew Cashner for Anthony Rizzo deal has been a hot topic this season with the apparent Cashner breakout, and the Cubs have received their fair share of backlash for the deal, but was it really a bad deal like some media outlets have made it seem? I’m not too sure. In 2013, Andrew Cashner had the breakout season that fans had been hoping for. Cashner finally faced his biggest...
Via World Series Dreaming
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Shutting out the Cubs: a Series Review

There was really only one flaw with the New York Yankees series against the Chicago Cubs: it only lasted two games. Other than that, it was a picture perfect series. Sure, the offense was a little weaker than we’d ideally like, but when you hold a team scoreless for the entirety of a series – even a two-gamer – it’s hard to find much to complain about. The Bronx Bombers...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Chicago Cubs Slugger Anthony Rizzo Uses Meatballs for Batting Practice

This video reminds me a lot of Adam Sandler's early work, Dumb and Dumber, Jersey Shore, and just about anything that Will Ferrell has been in. It sounds dumb. It is dumb--but damn it's funny.Your browser does not support iframes. Loading...
Via FatManWriting
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo hits actual meatballs (VIDEO)

MLB Fan Cave There isn’t a good hitter who has ever played baseball who wanted to crush an opposing pitcher’s meatball.  Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had the opportunity to crush some when MLB Fan Cave served up meatballs smothered in marinara to Rizzo in a shopping center parking lot. We have received word that Prince Fielder actually the Fan Cave’s first choice, but...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Anthony Rizzo takes batting practice with REAL meatballs!

The team over at MLB Fan Cave came up with a wonderful idea – have Chicago Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo take batting practice with actual meatballs. Donning an apron, Rizzo went through with it and demolished every meatball that came his way. Check out the hilarious (and messy) clip below! The post WATCH: Anthony Rizzo takes batting practice with REAL meatballs! appeared first on...
Via Reading Between The Seams
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo Takes Batting Practice With Meatballs

That’s one tasty meatball! Chicago Cubs first-baseman Anthony Rizzo decided baseballs were too easy to hone his hand eye coordination, so the slugger sought out something smaller. Rizzo who has family ties to the Sicilian town of Ciminna went back to his roots crushing tasty meatballs instead of taking the traditional batting practice. The forecast for today’s Cubs game is...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Cubs’ 1B Anthony Rizzo hit meatballs, literally (video)

It’s just another regular day, hitting meatballs with Chicago Cubs’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
Via The MLB Nation
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 4, Cardinals 6 (4/14/14)

OSS: Edwin Jackson dodges the first bullet and gets hit by the second. Three Up 1. Junior Lake, sure. He went 2-4 with a triple. Pretty cool. 2. Mike Olt, why not. 2-3, with a double and an RBI. 3. Anthony Rizzo hit a home run! It was fun, because we had a lead before Grim Death took hold of Chicago. Three Down 1. Edwin Jackson had a really ****** game. Just 4 runs in 6 innings doesn’t...
Via Obstructed View
10 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Chicago Cubs will make the playoffs

The Chicago Cubs have not been to the postseason since 2008. It seems to be expected that they will not make it again this year. However, one can’t exactly say they aren’t capable of being a surprise team. The Milwaukee Brewers have won nine in a row and own the best record in baseball. Few, if any, could’ve seen that coming. It remains to be seen if Milwaukee can keep its...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 7, Pirates 5 (4/9/14)

OSS: Twin Towers Topple Tons of Tiny Traducer Taters Three Five Up 1. Junior Lake wanted more playing time. After a conservatively-estimated 800-foot blast onto whatever street comes after Waveland, he just might get it. Sure, he didn’t have the most totally productive day, but if you hit a ball as far as Lake did, it’s easy to be wooed. 2. Anthony Rizzo dumped 2 doubles and...
Via Obstructed View
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Rizzo getting laugh at lefties' expense

Jason Hammel got a laugh at Anthony Rizzo's expense Wednesday night after the Chicago Cubs' first baseman mistakenly congratulated Hammel on earning his first National League win. Hammel, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in his Cubs' debut on April 3 and won 27 games with the Colorado Rockies from 2009-11, shared Rizzo's mistake with the media. Although Rizzo tried...
Via Pro Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Opening Day at BEER on Clark for The Illiana Network

CHICAGO, IL – Our team is making it a point to become involved with organizations that we not only support, but that we stand behind. The Illiana Network fits the bill perfectly. Recently, we were lucky enough to meet and befriend, founder, Michael J. Sanow at The First Annual Post Holiday Bash at 115 Bourbon Street. On April 4, 2014 five members of the Sports Mockery team...
Via Sports Mockery
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs bust out of slump, explode for eight runs in win

The Cubs have insisted over and over again they're feeling good at the plate, even if the results haven't been there. Relief -- and justification -- came Sunday, as the Cubs put on an offensive show in a 8-3 win over the Phillies in front of 26,712 at Wrigley Field. Rick Renteria played around with the lineup and it paid off, as the Cubs scored four runs in each the first...
Via Pro Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Manager Rick Renteria on His First Day at Work

Opening Day is a great day for baseball fans, but a difficult one for sabermetricians. We know that one game is nothing in the grand scheme of the season, but we cannot resist overreacting to the smallest sample size available after a dormant offseason perusing the statistics of the previous year. Thankfully, some things are more permanent than others, and there are definitely lessons...
Via Batting Leadoff
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Thurs Funnies: What to do when the Cubs take a lead in extra innings of a night game

You know what I did last night?Went to bed happy.Slept like a baby, too.Why?Because in the top of the 12th, as soon as the Cubs took the lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates...the second Anthony Rizzo hit that absolutely gorgeous, stunning homer deep into the right field bleachers...I reached for my wallet and pulled out my shiny new Cubs Take A Lead In An Extra Inning Night Game Go...
Via Cub Reporter
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs opening day roster finalized

Alberto Cabrera DFA, Brian Schlitter takes final spot With the bullpen sorted out (for now), the Cubs opening day roster looks like: C Welington Castillo C John Buck 1B Anthony Rizzo 2B/SS Darwin Barney SS Starlin Castro 3B Mike Olt 2B/3B Luis Valbuena 2B/SS/3B/CF Emilio Bonifacio OF Ryan Kalish OF Ryan Sweeney OF Junior Lake RF Nate Schierholtz RF Justin Ruggiano SP Jeff Samardzija...
Via Obstructed View
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Mike Olt help the Cubs compete in the NL Central?

The Chicago Cubs traded their number one starting pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers last season, and one of the key pieces that they got in return was third baseman Mike Olt. He has had issues with his vision recently, but was able to prove that those issues are a thing of the past in Spring Training. Chicago’s coaching staff has been very vocal over the past couple of days...
Via Sports-Glory
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Is Junior Lake in for a big season?

The Chicago Cubs have quite a few interesting situations to keep an eye on during the 2014 season, and one of those has to deal with Junior Lake. Lake, a 23-year-old outfielder, had a breakout season last year with the Cubs and showed that he had a lot of potential for the future. It appears that the Cubs are going to give Lake everyday playing time this year, and give him a chance...
Via Sports-Glory
March 24, 2014  |  1 Comment

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