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They did it [25 Oct 2016|03:31pm]

qzarian
I know this is long dead. I saw a post online somewhere or other today about tonight's game and it mentioned having another game thread right before first pitch. It reminded me of living here on game days.
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Best Wishes to Marlon Byrd [22 May 2011|09:28pm]

thechenster
[ mood | calm ]

Marlon Byrd is on the DL and will be out indefinitely after being hit in the face by a pitch :( He suffered some facial fractures and has some vision issues in the eye that was hit. Doctors say he should recover, however.

I wish Marlon Byrd a swift recovery and hope he feels better soon.

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2011 Cubs/MLB preview [31 Mar 2011|08:29pm]

jtwilson
Spring training is over, the 25 heading north have been selected, and this season will begin for the Cubs April 1 vs. the Pirates. Usually, I'm optimistic at this time..but not this year. I just don't see this team having what it takes to get to the playoffs..and even if they do, making any progress won't be likely. It's certainly possible, given a number of career years and players exceeding their projections, along with not giving all that many games away..this team cannot afford to blow games or give anything less than maximum effort. Mike Quade doesn't look like he'll tolerate anything less, but this will be his first real exposure to the Chicago media machine and the impatience of Cubs fans.
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Overall, this is going to be a transitional/rebuilding year..even though Hendry and Ricketts would never admit that. Attendance is probably going to be down and getting tickets to games (especially if the team doesn't do very well at first) will be quite a bit easier than previous years (especially when folks have to dump their tickets on reseller sites at rock bottom prices). If the team gets on a good roll, though, us terminally loyal fans will come in droves..otherwise, we could be looking at a very different team one year from now.

We don't have much speed (as usual) and we'll need to hit lots of doubles, triples, and homers to get any runs across, as manufacturing runs won't work most of the time..not a lot of steals, not a lot of guys who can go first to third on a single..and probably not a lot of good bunters. I can also see us throwing away games due to bad defense/situational awareness/baserunning..minimizing that is absolutely essential to any kind of attempt at a playoff run. I think we'll finish 4th, but I'd love to be wrong..and stranger things have happened. Let's go Cubs.
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"'Wait till next Year: The Saga of the Chicago Cubs" DVD? Anybody? [30 Jan 2011|02:07pm]

whitebrowgigs
[ mood | hopeful ]

Hey folks! I'm just wondering if ANYBODY has had any luck tracking down a DVD copy/download of that 'Wait till next Year" documentary that aired on HBO back in 06? Just wondering as I'd love to purchase a copy.

Take it easy and here's hoping to a great 2011 Cubs season!

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Return of the Ninja [12 Jan 2011|05:26pm]

rblake77
[ mood | good ]

Koyie Hill, Reed Johnson to return
By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and backup catcher Koyie Hill avoided arbitration, while the team also signed outfielder Reed Johnson to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Hills gets a one-year deal for $850,000, while the team did not reveal Johnson's contract details.

Hill, 31, has spent the past four seasons in the Cubs organization, backing up Geovany Soto the past two. He batted .214 with one home run and 17 RBIs last season.

Johnson, 34, returns to the Cubs after a season with the Dodgers. He played in Chicago from 2008-09 and batted .287. He's a lifetime .281 hitter who plays primarily left and center field.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

LINK

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It's official now! Kerry Wood signs 1 year, $1.5 million contract with Cubs [15 Dec 2010|11:45pm]

jtwilson
http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Chicago-Cubs-Kerry-Wood-free-agent-close-to-returning-to-Windy-City-121510

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/ct-spt-1216-around-town--20101215,0,7999899.column

Kerry Wood is in serious discussions with the Cubs to return to the North Side, though there's no timeline as to when the deal might close and/or then be officially announced. No word yet on potential length or value of the contract, either.

Update:
http://www.suntimes.com/sports/2881713-419/wood-cubs-million-closer-season.html

A one year, $1.5 million deal, likely to be officially announced tomorrow. This might be one of the biggest hometown discounts ever..I'm very pleasantly surprised.
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Ron Santo is dead. [03 Dec 2010|04:51am]

cursethedark
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-ron-santo-chicago-cubs-obit,0,1699814.story

Rest in peace, Ronnie. You were one of the best parts about being a Cubs fan.
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Good news, everyone! [30 Nov 2010|10:44pm]

thechenster
[ mood | annoyed ]

[Professor Farnsworth voice] Good news, everyone! Ryan Theriot now plays for the St. Louis Cardinals! [/Professor Farnsworth voice]

I wish I could say I was kidding...

Source: Chicago Breaking Sports

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Meet the new boss.. [19 Oct 2010|07:37pm]

jtwilson
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101019&content_id=15713804&vkey=news_chc&c_id=chc&partnerId=rss_chc


Quade gets the interim tag removed from his job and is our manager for likely the next two years, maybe three if the option is exercised. No word on his coaching staff just yet, though Rudy Jaramillo and Larry Rothschild are likely to stay (just how does Larry keep hanging around, manager after manager?).
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[16 Sep 2010|07:46am]

brightorange14
As lousy a season as it's been, it sure is nice to sweep St. Louis. That and the Marlon Byrd play in the All Star game have to be the highlights of the season, no?
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[22 Aug 2010|09:46am]

nmgirl98
ESPN just reported that Lou is done after today's game.  He isn't waiting out the season...he's bailing.  Can't say that I blame him.
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Derrek Lee traded to Atlanta [18 Aug 2010|05:47pm]

rblake77
[ mood | pensive ]

From Len & Bob's Twitter:

"It's official. The Cubs acquired minor leaguer RHPs Robinson Lopez,Tyrelle Harris & LHP Jeffrey Lorick from Braves for Derrek Lee & cash."

Unlike the Lilly trade, this trade I can understand. Lee was in the last season of his contract, and it was unlikely the Cubs would try to re-sign him. Best thing to do would be to try and get some prospects while he's with the team rather than let his contract expire and get bupkus.

Still, I hate to see Lee go.

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Another trade by the Cubs.. [11 Aug 2010|11:46pm]

jtwilson
To the Giants:
2B Mike Fontenot

To us:
OF Evan Crawford (minor leaguer, class A)

This was one of those rare occurrences where the traded player just had to walk across the ballpark to his new team. But yeah, the Cajun Connection is now on the opposite sides of the Dodgers/Giants rivalry.

Darwin Barney has been called up from AAA Iowa to take Fontenot's spot.
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Off Topic? [04 Aug 2010|03:59pm]

jodys_wife
If this isn't allowed, please let me know and I will remove.

I was just wondering if anyone's been to the NYCE Stadium Club at Miller Park? I have tickets to one of the games and it includes passes to the NYCE Stadium Club, but I can't find much information on it other than it's a private dining club. Do they include any kind of food or drinks (like at the Batters Eye @ Wrigley) or do you have to pay for everything?

Thanks in advance!
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The Cubs made a trade.. [31 Jul 2010|01:58pm]

jtwilson
To the Dodgers:

Ted Lilly
Ryan Theriot
$2.5 million

To the Cubs:

2B/3B Blake DeWitt
RHP Kyle Smit (AA)
RHP Brett Wallach (A)

DeWitt's stats:
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=29083
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Two Tix Avail for TOMORROW [22 Jul 2010|12:10pm]

feigenbaum_04
 Cubs against Cardinals
1:20 start
518-3-101 and 102 
Face value: $60 total 

Pick up tonight, north side Chicago.
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PINIELLA TO RETIRE [20 Jul 2010|03:31pm]

thewahookid
Lou's hangin it up at the end of this season.

Ryno for manager and Maddux for pitching coach! Then I might actually get excited about this team again!
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[22 Jun 2010|06:48pm]

conejita_diabla
I'm totally going to be on tv tonight! We'e 14 rows behind home plate. keep an eye out, and let me know if you see me. In my I love Demoster dhirt, with my fiance who's wearing an Expos jersey.
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Uncle Ted was up to something.. [13 Jun 2010|09:06pm]

jtwilson
[ mood | disappointed ]

Ted Lilly is doing something at Wrigley Field tonight on ESPN. I'm not going to mention what it is, but he's definitely doing something.

...until fucking Juan Pierre ruined it. A clean single.

But, Marmol gets the job done and the Cubs win 1-0 having only given up 1 hit. By far the most excitement the Cubs have had lately. The Stanley Cup needs to visit Wrigley more often, apparently..

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Guess who's coming back.. [19 May 2010|06:27pm]

jtwilson
[ mood | confused ]

http://www.csnchicago.com/05/19/10/Cubs-ink-veteran-reliever-Howry-to-deal/landing.html?blockID=237921&feedID=661

Howry?

Howry??

HOWRY?!

Just when this team is starting to put together a decent run..we re-acquire Howry?!

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