Posts in category "Cubs Nostalgia"

A few thoughts on WGN

A few thoughts on WGN
When I was a child my grandparents would babysit me over the summers at the old family home that belonged to the Martinez clan for 30 years. Memories were cultivated in and around that house; first wiffle ball homerun, first bike ride etc etc. One of the fonder memories centers around WGN, baseball, and my... Read more »

Final thoughts on fan interference and the 2003 Cubs

Final thoughts on fan interference and the 2003 Cubs
1. I’m writing this on the 10-year-anniversary of Game 7, lest we forget there was a Game 7. Most of the focus, (naturally, I suppose), ends up on Game 6. You know the one. The one with the nickname. It’s not called the Looney Game. But damn, it could have been. Just think: the wind... Read more »

Kerry Wood's 20K Day: Fifteen Years Later

Kerry Wood's 20K Day: Fifteen Years Later
Fifteen years ago, I watched one of the greatest performances in baseball history.  I was just 12 years old.  But I remember it like it was yesterday. I came home from school sick with the flu and was trying to sleep off the symptoms.  Lying in bed, my mom knocked on my bedroom door and... Read more »
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Cubs Den Archives: Looking back at some infamous Cubs bench clearing brawls

A drunk fan decided it would be funny if he took backup catcher Chad Kreuter's hat while he sat near the bullpen.  As he tried to take it, he hit Kreuter in the head and the catcher charged up the stands -- followed by practically the entire Dodgers team.  Kreuter got his hat back but nobody won this one as 16 Dodger players and 3 coaches were suspended.  Meanwhile the Cubs fans reputation in the media took another serious blow, causing the Cubs to create the 7th inning last call rule for alcohol.  Everyone loses because of one drunk fan with an hare-brained idea.
Last night’s bench clearing “brawl” made me remember this old post, one of my first… Baseball fights aren’t like hockey fights.  The 2 participants aren’t given enough time to settle things one on one.  There are rarely any solid punches landed.  And each team clears their bench, leaving you to watch a confused, muddled pile... Read more »

What is your favorite Ron Santo memory?

What is your favorite Ron Santo memory?
I just missed the Ron Santo era.  Bill Madlock was the first Cubs third baseman that I remember.  He was, in fact, my first favorite player.  My only memory of Santo as a player, ironically, was in that last season as a member of the Chicago White Sox and frankly, it wasn’t a very productive... Read more »

Wood turns page, hopefully Cubs will too

Wood turns page, hopefully Cubs will too
A classy Kerry Wood made the right decision to move on today. Now I hope the Cubs follow suit and move on as well. When I wrote about the Cubs using Wood as a mascot and for fans to let go of their Cubbie blankies, it wasn’t anti-Wood. It was more about being anti-“Cubbie”. This... Read more »
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Cubs top 5 post 1980 teams

Cubs top 5 post 1980 teams
Co-Written by Tom Loxas and John Arguello The other day a tweet caught my attention about the 2008 Cubs being the best team in a 40-year-old Cub fan’s lifetime. I thought otherwise. John and I decided to take a break from the 2012 team. We limited the pool of teams to those since 1980 and... Read more »

Ron Santo elected to the Hall of Fame

Ron Santo elected to the Hall of Fame
“I think he would have clicked his heels.” – Billy Williams on how Ron Santo would have reacted to the news on being elected to the Hall of Fame. Well, after all these years it finally happened.  Ron Santo will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Santo received 15 of 16 votes from the... Read more »

Before there was Theo, there was Andy (and George)

Before there was Theo, there was Andy (and George)
While local writers fawn over Theo, so smitten that they volunteer to give Boston anything they want just to have him here as quickly as possible, there’s one thing they all lack. Perspective. We expect that lack of perspective from Steve Rosenbloom, who is willing to give up Matt Garza and/or Starlin Castro to get... Read more »
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A Cubs Opening Day History Lesson

After 2 consecutive playoff seasons punctuated with heart-breaking series losses, the Cubs came out looking to make a strong statement.  They came out of the gates fast in 2009 as Ted Lilly, Angel Guzman, Aaron Heilman, and Kevin Gregg combined to pitch a one-hit shutout and strikeout 12 Colorado batters in the home opener.  The impressive win gave them a 5-2 start but the Cubs faded by the years end, finishing 7.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.
The Cubs open at Wrigley tomorrow against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The logical part of us know that it’s just one game but it’s still that first game.  It’s the one some of us have been waiting for all winter; our first glimpse into the new season.  But is it telling?  Are opening days a window... Read more »
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