Tag: Chicago Cubs

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 »

It happened: What now?

The bar at the Billy Goat tavern was as good a place as any to end a memorable 2016. As one of the many forgettable college football bowl games played in the background over the constant buzz of chatter, this conversation might have taken place anytime in the last month. Turk: “I still can’t believe... Read more »
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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 »

Quiet Chicago moments

The hustle of downtown Chicago is noisy and nervous, but we can find quiet moments. Last Sunday night, we were among the massive Wrigley Field crowd buzzing late into the night about the historic season, as Cubs’ Catcher “Grandpa” David Ross thrilled the hopeful. A Southport Brown Line stop later, the sizzle faded into a... Read more »

Ten Chicago views to help you forget our awful politics

From Illinois budget fatigue to #Brexit and Donald Trump, now is a great time to forget our political troubles and enjoy some new perspectives on foot in Chicago. 10. Join Pedro Strop at Wrigley Field, and remember to tilt your #HatsToTheLeft. 9. See the Cubs through the eyes of a first-time fan. 8. To put... Read more »
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Blago just another Cubs fan

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is reported to be watching the Chicago Cubs playoff run from behind bars. He was known for taking in Cubs games while in office. The news comes from a Channel 5 report of a letter from Blago to his daughter Amy. He is said to have “a lifelong dream of... 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 »

#LETSGO Cubs, Rahm and Chicago

The #LETSGO Cubs hashtag may read a bit too honest for modern public relations, as in: “The aging baby boomer ‘LETS GO’ of his dream of a Cubs World Series.” The opening night fiasco did, however, highlight urgency of a different kind. The Cubs slick Facebook movie, of course, avoided the bathroom problem that others... Read more »
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'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 »