Archive for May 2014

How Does Crane Kenney Keep Gettin' Work?

How Does Crane Kenney Keep Gettin' Work?
The year was 1995. The setting: Hawaii. Kevin Costner was coming an 8-year run that included films like Silverado, The Untouchables, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Dances With Wolves, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, JFK, The Bodyguard, and The War. Okay, Silverado might be pushing it. But all waves must eventually come ashore, which is... Read more »

Your 2014 Chicago Cubs: The Best Rotation, The Worst Offense, and What That Means Organizationally Speaking

Your 2014 Chicago Cubs: The Best Rotation, The Worst Offense, and What That Means Organizationally Speaking
Heyyyyy, everybody, it’s Friday! Gotta get down on Friday, amirite? The Cubs offense now ranks 30th out of 30 teams in MLB, with a wRC+ of 78 (1oo is average). Let me say that again: the Cubs have the worst offense in MLB. What, what, what?! How can this be? Anthony Rizzo is having a... Read more »

Crane Kenney Takes The Heat, Cubs Take Another PR Hit

Crane Kenney Takes The Heat, Cubs Take Another PR Hit
Cubs biz boss Crane Kenney took to the airwaves on Thursday and, like Lucy, he had some ‘splaining to do. He promptly visited the “Kap and Haugh Show” with his proverbial Cubs hat in hand. Mayor Rahm Emanuel had just publicly embarrassed the Cubs business side once again by saying the team had failed to... Read more »
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Grin and Beer It: Your Weekend Craft Primer - Oskar Blues Brewery

Grin and Beer It: Your Weekend Craft Primer - Oskar Blues Brewery
Would you like that in the can? No, no, I’ll take it right here. Actually, that’s not even a question you’ll have to worry about when dealing with Oskar Blues Brewery. That’s because the Lyons, Colorado brewery (they’ve also recently expanded to Brevard, NC, which is best known as Reed Hunt’s hometown and for being... Read more »

If The Chive Builds It, They Will Come: A Ballpark Expansion Worth Talking About

If The Chive Builds It, They Will Come: A Ballpark Expansion Worth Talking About
Pardon me for co-opting an overused quote, but I could think of nothing more fitting to set up the following story. I’m not alone in being intrigued by the latest renderings of the proposed expansion and renovation of Wrigley Field and the surrounding areas, but all the pictures and ensuing discussion reminded me of a... Read more »

Cubs Notes: This Offense Is Bad, James Russell Is Bad, Kris Bryant Is Good

Cubs Notes: This Offense Is Bad, James Russell Is Bad, Kris Bryant Is Good
– Here are the batting averages of Chicago’s starting nine from yesterday’s game, plus the three players used as pinch hitters: .273 / .264 / .264 / .272 / .206 / .168 / .138 / .143 / .091 / .225 / .184 / .256 Y’all, this team can’t hit. – James Russell has failed to... Read more »
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Cubs Draft Preview: Talking with Draft Expert Dan Kirby (2nd Round Names To Watch)

Cubs Draft Preview: Talking with Draft Expert Dan Kirby (2nd Round Names To Watch)
The 2014 MLB draft is quickly approaching for the Chicago Cubs. Some have even called it the current epitome of a World Series or even the Cubs “Super Bowl”, considering the organization’s concentrated state of stockpiling talent. I figured it was the right time to check in with my favorite source for amateur prospects in... Read more »

Can the Cubs Dance to the Rhythm of the Night?

Can the Cubs Dance to the Rhythm of the Night?
First, let me say that I’m not a fan of West Coast swings, as the requisite late starts force me to stay up way past my bedtime. And I’m on EST, so I’m fighting a 3-hour difference. Granted, the 10:15 first pitch gives me the ability to catch up on DVR’ed shows or to watch... Read more »

Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara are Examples that Cubs Can Never Have Enough Shortstops

Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara are Examples that Cubs Can Never Have Enough Shortstops
Shortstop is an incredibly tough position to play, which is why many players are ultimately unable to stick there.  A player that starts off as a shortstop usually has the ability to play anywhere else on the diamond. But one of the hardest finds in the game is a “natural” shortstop. For example, let’s take... Read more »
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Yankees Should be Serious Players in Samardzija Trade Market

Yankees Should be Serious Players in Samardzija Trade Market
Jeff Samardzija finally got himself a win yesterday. The Cubs hurler has looked nothing short of dominant this season and he is pitching like a true ace of late. So now let’s get back to the business of trading him, am I right? I am hearing there could be as many as 12 teams in... Read more »