Tag: baseball

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant shows frustration

A lot has happened in three years. Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant went from being a top minor league prospect to Major League Baseball (MLB) star player. Despite the successful World Series in 2016, Bryant has a lot to be frustrated about in 2017. The Cubs have not consistently played well in the first... Read more »

Cubs trophy tour helps you forget Trump tweets

  We were in line about 90 minutes Friday afternoon to stand next to the Chicago Cubs World Series Commissioner’s Trophy. I wiped politics from my mind. Baseball was in the 60 degree air in Omaha, Nebraska. Governor Pete Ricketts hosted the Trophy Tour stop at Westside High School, and politics were nowhere to be found. No... Read more »

Cubs fans never were 'long-suffering'

Please stop with the “long-suffering” pity. Cubs fans shared disappointments, but we were never lost. From our first seconds as kids at Wrigley Field to the most recent warm, summer afternoons Chicago Cubs fans always remained loyal and optimistic. “Wait ’til next year” reflected our joy. We bonded with parents, friends, children and others in... Read more »

September political and baseball desperation

September is a hot and cold, desperate month. We come out of the long Labor Day weekend with kids back at school, candidates hoping to make a move, and baseball players and managers either fighting for a post-season spot or waiting until next year. So it is in 2015. The recent GOP presidential debate on... Read more »

'Mr. Chicago' Cubs baseball legend Ernie Banks defined grace

The Sports Illustrated cover story on “Mr. Cub” and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Mr. Chicago” title fall short of the essence of why Ernie Banks was important. Yes, number 14 “was — and remains — the heart and soul of the Wrigley faithful,” as SI put it. Yes, the 512 homeruns, including 47 in 1958, were... Read more »

Wrigley Field 100 Chicago Cubs Ken Holtzman 1969 no-hitter best game ever

The Chicago Cubs have flirted with greatness, but on one afternoon 45 years ago in 1969 at Wrigley Field they had the game. My bias is because I was among 37,514 officially (41,033) recorded in attendance. I had not planned to be at the game August 19, 1969, but my brother offered a ride that... Read more »

Iowa Cubs, road trips and wait until next year

Far from the politics of Wrigley Field renovation, debate about mid-season deals and a long major league road trip for Chicago, the Iowa Cubs and aging former MLB star slugger Manny Ramirez Tuesday battled for first place in Omaha. Minor league baseball is like going into the kitchen to watch sausage being made. Players go... Read more »

Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball fans wait until next year

Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball fans wait until next year
Chicago White Sox fans suffered through the 99th loss of the baseball season Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field, as a rally fell short. Sure the Sox dodged the 2012 Cubs 100-loss fate, but many questions remain. As I sat in the stands watching the Sox struggle on offense and on the mound, I thought back... Read more »

Wrigley Field tours: Chicago Cubs memories and memorabilia

Wrigley Field renovations are moving forward, and it’s the perfect time to visit the historic ballpark ahead of major changes. While the Cubs were on the road this week, I took my wife and daughter on an early afternoon tour, and we had a great time. For $25 per person, the Cubs offer visitors a... Read more »

Wrigley Field will be fine, thank you

One of my earliest memories was the summer I spent watching black and white TV from my parents bedroom in Deerfield. While riding on the back of my sister’s bike to swimming lessons, my foot became lodged in the wheel spokes. I had to stay off my foot for weeks, and WGN-TV was my entertainment.... Read more »