Category: Baseball

Digging For Diamonds in the Cubs' Rough Start

Digging For Diamonds in the Cubs' Rough Start
There is nothing like a beautiful, balmy day in early May, with the contending Chicago Cubs playing the archrival St. Louis Cardinals in a key early-season matchup at Wrigley. O.K., let’s be honest, Friday afternoon’s game between the Cubs and Cards truly was nothing like that. It was played under steel-grey skies on a raw,... Read more »

Goodbye to the 2012 Cubs: Ursa Minor Indeed

The Chicago Cubs’ 2012 season came to a merciful end Wednesday. While the arrival last winter of new team president Theo Epstein — who previously won two World Series rings as general manager of the Boston Red Sox — raised hopes for a better future, fans of this most star-crossed of sports teams knew it... Read more »

Cubs Win, 6-1, As Mets Turn Back The Clock -- To 1962

It was a Turn Back the Clock night at Wrigley Field Monday as the Chicago Cubs defeated the New York Mets, 6-1. No, it wasn’t one of those games in which the teams trotted out in old-timey uniforms. Instead, it was the visitors doing a pretty spot-on imitation of the 1962 Mets expansion team. The... Read more »

Chicago Thursday: Boston Baked Baseball Fans On The Menu

Our observation point here on Lake Michigan provides a view of the curving tip of North Avenue Beach. It being Thursday and all, it looks through the long lens like the beach is pretty human-free today. But it won’t be this weekend if the approaching heat wave in the forecast comes to bear. Take advantage... Read more »

Chicago Cubs Win, 4-3, As Tigers Fall (At) Short

Nothing this year comes easy for the Chicago Cubs, who entered the opener of their interleague home series against Detroit with a record of 20 wins and 40 losses, just a fraction ahead of San Diego in the dubious race for worst record in baseball.  And Tuesday night’s game was no exception. The Cubs scratched... Read more »

Astros 11, White Sox 9: Bad Baseball, But It Wasn't Boring

There often is a signature play in a baseball game that plays a major role in the outcome. You might think that in yesterday’s White Sox game, an 11-9 loss to Houston, that one of the seven home runs hit — four by the Astros, three by the Sox, and many of them monster shots... Read more »

Sunday At The (Ball)Park With Doug

Yet another late spring day of endless sunshine. It has gotten to the point at which we really need some rain… the 10 inches of precipitation so far this year is nearly 40 percent below average. And there is a forecast for some thunderstorms on Monday afternoon, as a cool front breaks the mini-heat wave... Read more »

30 Years Ago At Wrigley, The Day I Fell For Chicago

The famous definition of insanity, credited to Albert Einstein, is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” A cynic might say that’s also the very best definition of a Chicago Cubs fan. Every spring, there is that eternal optimism that this year will be THE year. Except it hasn’t been... Read more »