Report: Wrigley Field renovation causing massive rat problem

The opening phases of Wrigley Field’s renovation has not been without its troubles and controversy. There have been lawsuits and complaints and other assorted issues that have seemed to bog down significant progress. So much so, in fact, that the bleachers won’t even be ready in time for the Chicago Cubs’ home opener. Add to...Read More The post Wrigley Field renovation reportedly...
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The Pied Piper of Wrigley

Between the delays in construction and the rooftops trying to sue the city AND the Chicago Cubs at the same time, our favorite team can’t really afford any more bad press (not that it seems like they care, this has to be done anyway).  So of course now we have to deal with the rats, too: “We’ve never experienced anything like what we’ve seen the last 12 months,” Findlay...
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'Mr. Cub' to make final trip to Wrigley Field

CHICAGO (AP) Ernie Banks will make one final trip to Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs say the procession following Saturday's memorial service will take ''Mr. Cub'' past his statue at Daley Plaza downtown and the ballpark's famed marquee at the corner of Clark and Addison on the city's North Side. There will be tributes and readings from a long list of dignitaries during the service...
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Seattle Mariners Sign John Baker To Minor-League Deal

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with veteran catcher John Baker on a minor-league deal. His deal also includes an invitation to big league spring training. Although the Mariners have not confirmed the deal, yet, Baker tweeted out a photo of himself in front of the Space Needle in Seattle. catcher john baker signs minors deal...
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Sammy Sosa Is Missing Ernie Banks Funeral, Reason Is Unbelievable

Perhaps the most selfish Chicago Cubs player of all-time, Sammy Sosa, will miss the funeral of the most selfless Cub of all-time, Ernie Banks. The reason Sosa is missing Ernie Banks funeral, he didn’t want to be a distraction. Selfish And Sosa Go Hand-in-Hand Few Cubs players over the years have made things more about himself than Sosa, and this recent news is no different. From...
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Chicago Cubs Owner: ‘We’re Winning Division, World Series Possible’

The Chicago Cubs owner, Tom Ricketts, has officially bought into the Cubs’ hype for 2015. When asked about the recent World Series prediction by Sporting News, Ricketts’ answer wasn’t what you’d expect. “We don’t like the ‘predict, predict, predict’ stuff, but I’m telling you that it’s been several years in the making,” Ricketts said during a multi-chamber...
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Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks statue moved downtown for tribute

CHICAGO (AP) Ernie Banks fans got their first chance to pay their respects to the most famous and beloved Chicago Cub who ever played after the statue of the Hall of Famer was placed in a downtown plaza Wednesday. One after another, fans stopped in Daley Plaza to take photos of the statue that normally stands at Wrigley Field. The city and the Cubs took the unprecedented step of...
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Chicago Baseball Farm Systems Ranked, Cubs #1 – White Sox Huge Jump

ESPN Insider, Keith Law, recently ranked all 30 MLB farm systems and he’s joining the Chicago Cubs hype train. Using a variety of factors, Law ranked the Chicago Cubs’ farm system number one in Major League Baseball, barely edging out the Minnesota Twins. Chicago Cubs The Cubs’ draft strategy under the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer regime has been to grab a polished hitter in the...
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Jeff Samardzija Shares Crazy Experience On Dan Ryan Chicago Can Relate To

The South Side is happy to see Jeff Samardzija return to Chicago after being traded away by the Cubs on July 4th. This weekend at Sox Fest, Samardzija said the opportunity to play for the White Sox reminded him of a crazy childhood memory on the Dan Ryan expressway before his first game at Comiskey… or was it U.S. Celluar? Not sure. (U.S. Cellular field was built in 1991) Most...
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Player Profile #95: Kris Bryant | 3B | CHC

Unlike most players in our Top 200 Countdown, I’ve never watched Kris Bryant play. In fact, Bryant may be the only player on our list that I’ve never seen play. I’ve seen clips, of course, but I’ve never sat down and watched a game in which he’s played. Immediately that puts me at a disadvantage when analyzing and projecting Bryant, but due to his insane prospect status...
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Chicago Skyline Lit Up For Ernie Banks

When news spread across the country Friday that Ernie Banks had died, it’s safe to assume that everyone became (even if only for a night) a Chicago Cubs fan. Now, “Mr. Cub” is being remembered as part of the Chicago skyline. Friday, a public visitation will be held for Banks with a funeral following the next day.  The Hall of Famer died a heart attack at the age of 83. ...
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Will the Cubs Thrive in 20-1-5?

Somewhere, I can hear the late great Ernie Banks giving his annual rally cry for his beloved Chicago Cubs. Every year, he spins a rhyme about the Cubs succeeding this season. This year, I can almost hear him saying “The Cubs are gonna thrive, in 20-1-5″. They were not always perfect, but come on… there are not many words that rhyme with 15, and even fewer that actually make...
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Remembering Ernie Banks

I can give you his numbers—Hall of Fame numbers—but they wouldn’t begin to describe the impact Ernie Banks had on the Chicago Cubs and the game of baseball. He seemed to touch everyone he came in contact with. Hitting closer to home, Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, might have been my inspiration for writing. It was a love affair that started in the early ‘60s when I was a young...
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Don’t Do That Mr. Rob Manfred!

Rob Manfred should not ban the defensive shift. Too many negatives would result because of it. One day into the job, and the 10th Commissioner in the history of the MLB is making headlines with his latest idea to captivate casual and young fans to the sport of baseball. Rob Manfred said today that he is open to the idea banning of the defensive shift in order to open up the game...
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Dustin Pedroia: Jon Lester Choosing Cubs Over Red Sox ‘Definitely Tough’

This embed is invalid" /> MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Jon Lester said upon signing with the Chicago Cubs this offseason that his phone call to Dustin Pedroia was the hardest to make. The conversation wasn’t exactly fun for Pedroia, either. Pedroia and Lester developed a special bond during their time together in the Boston Red Sox organization. So while...
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Truly “Mr. Cub”; Ernie Banks dies at age 83

I’ve been a Cubs fan since birth, and sadly, being a Cubs fan has never really been about winning. Sure I still root for them every year, but I’ve grown weary of the “this is our year” mentality that tends to end in heartbreak. For me, being a Cubs fan has always been about my connection to the Cubs through my family. My dad is a Cubs fan, as was his dad who, like Ernie...
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Players Reflect On The Life Of Ernie Banks

Here is a look at the outpouring support from around the major leagues after the tragic passing of baseball great Ernie Banks. R.I.P Mr.Cub! “It’s a beautiful day for a ball game. Let’s play two” – Ernie Banks Cal Ripken Jr. “He was Mr. Cub and that spoke to both his play on the field and how beloved he was to the people of Chicago. Ernie was the first to make...
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Remembering Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks

Your browser does not support iframes. The game has lost Ernie Banks, the most popular baseball figure ever in Chicago. Mr. Cub died Friday at age 83. “Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball,” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a release. “He was one of the greatest players of all...
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Cubs Nation Says Farewell to Mr. Cub

Ernie Banks’ career had just ended when I was born, so I never had the pleasure of seeing him play and I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but nevertheless he will always be the first player I think about when you say “Chicago Cubs.” Ernie transcended his accomplishments on the field and that was not an easy thing to do. He didn’t get into the Hall of Fame just by having...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rest in Peace Mr. Cub

  Last night, the world of baseball received tragic news. The greatest  player  in Chicago Cubs history Ernie Banks, passed away  at the age of 83. The news is barely 12 hours old, and I am still having a hard time accepting and believing that he is really gone. No one showed as much love for the game or the fans more than Ernie, and he will be missed. In the wake of the news...
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Cubs legend Ernie Banks passes away at age 83

Known as Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks has been a fixture with the Chicago Cubs since signing with them back in 1953. Banks spent his entire 19 year major league career with the Cubs finishing with a .274 average and 512 home runs while winning two MVP awards and earning entry into baseball’s Hall of Fame. “Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago...
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Ernie Banks 1931-2015: Chicago honors Mr. Cub

We’re very sad to pass on the news that Ernie Banks has passed away. I only met him a few times, but each and every time that I did he was just as nice and sweet as you’d imagine him to be. Mr. Cub was the genuine article. The public image that exuded kindness was exactly who he was on the inside. Here is a statement from Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts, released at 10:22 PM CST 1-23...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

BREAKING: Cubs Legend Ernie Banks Has Passed Away

It is a sad day for Chicago sports as one of its most beloved athletes has passed away. RIP: Cubs legend Ernie ‘Mr. Cub’ Banks dies at 83 — ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) January 24, 2015 “Mr. Cub”, as he was referred by over a half century worth of Cubs fans, was 83. Ernie Banks, though gone from the mortal world, is currently...
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Hall of Famer Ernie Banks passes away

In an incredibly sad bit of news, former MLB player and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has passed away at the age of 83. The report comes from CBS Chicago, which referenced Banks’ family lawyer Mark Bogen in the sad piece of news. The announcement came Friday evening from Mark Bogen, who said he was authorized by Banks’ widow to confirm the news to the media. A news conference...
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Kris Bryant: The Newly Anointed King of the Hot Corner? Not So Fast…

Many Cubs fans believe that the Chicago Cubs are FINALLY giving them what they want and handing the everyday third base duties to Kris Bryant with the trade of Luis Valbuena  and Dan Straily to Houston for Dexter Fowler earlier this week, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Dream Snatchers Gordon Wittenmyer, of the Chicago Sun-Times, quoted Jed Hoyer: “When we think Kris...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss
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