Tag: Aroldis Chapman

A Cursed Wind: Yankees 3, Cubs 2

A Cursed Wind: Yankees 3, Cubs 2
On this kind of windy, cold afternoon at Wrigley, it’s hard to predict what the respective offenses will do. All of today’s runs came on long balls, some of them sweet and one of them casting a pall over the afternoon. Kyle Hendricks ran into almost immediate trouble, looking as though he might fall victim to... Read more »

The Den Podcast - Ep 7: New Cubs, Old Cubs, Rule 5, Hottest of Hot Stoves, and Mailbag

The Den Podcast - Ep 7: New Cubs, Old Cubs, Rule 5, Hottest of Hot Stoves, and Mailbag
Myles and John talk about the reliever market, the Rule 5 draft, Jake Arrieta’s extension talks and Fowler to the Red Birds. (Jared totally called that on a previous episode by the way.) We also open up the newly formed The Den Mailbag to answer your questions. Myles gets a bit heated on one. Be... Read more »

Crazy 8--Cubs 8 Cleveland 7

Crazy 8--Cubs 8 Cleveland 7
The Cubs are World Series Champions! There isn’t anything else that needs to be said after 108 years, but indulge me here a bit because this was an instant classic. And not merely for the result. Early on it didn’t seem that way. Corey Kluber was clearly not the guy that started Game 1 of... Read more »
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The Den Podcast: Episode 3

The Den Podcast: Episode 3
Jared and John join me to recap some of the Game 5 drama including Maddon’s decision to let Aroldis Chapman bat along with our personal pet peeves. You also don’t want to miss me messing up Jared’s last name spelling, not once, but twice!

Game Preview 103--Cubs vs Mariners--1:20 PM

Game Preview 103--Cubs vs Mariners--1:20 PM
The Cubs are back to their winning ways. A three game win streak feels so foreign, but it was not that long ago that this was a common sight on the Baseball Reference scores and schedules page for the 2016 Cubs. The fact that it is Jake Day used to mean that it was an... Read more »

The North Side Strikes Back: Cubs 8, White Sox 1

The North Side Strikes Back: Cubs 8, White Sox 1
Tonight felt like a game waiting until the last few innings to really start. Even Anthony Ranaudo‘s home run in the 5th inning didn’t actually feel like it was real life. After all, who expects a pitcher who has gone up to the plate a whopping 7 times in his career and not had even... Read more »
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Game 99 Preview: Cubs @ White Sox - 7:10 pm

Game 99 Preview: Cubs @ White Sox - 7:10 pm
Perhaps it’s a product of not growing up in Chicago, but I have never had any strong negative feelings toward the White Sox, but the reverse can’t often be said for the south side fans I’ve come across. But whatever the case, I don’t harbor any real ill will for that team (except Hawk Harrelson.... Read more »

Anarchists' Brunch: "Rivalry" Week

Anarchists' Brunch: "Rivalry" Week
This week sees one of the more exciting of the season, the build-up to the trade deadline, and one of the ones I find more annoying in the Cubs-Sox series. You've already seen and heard the overproduced ads on TV and radio about "choosing sides" and "the rivalry." It feels like the heat went out of this long ago, with both sets of fans squarely focused on their own teams and really only casually aware of what's going on on the other side of town. Ever since Theo and Jed took over, it feels like Cubs fans, at least most of them, have kept their eyes on the prize. Sox fans have been too focused on getting angry about their team's lack of direction to constantly measure the Cubs' results anyway. But after close to 20 years of this, it's just another part of the regular season, no matter how much they try to drum it up. And not really a fair one...

How Do You Root for Bad People?

How Do You Root for Bad People?
July 5, 2016, Jose Reyes was greeted with a roaring applause as he was announced at Citi Field in New York City. This was his second go around with the team after initially debuting with them back in 1999. He was a fan favorite back then. A switch-hitting, speedy shortstop, it was easy to get... Read more »
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