Sports

Sat, 04/09/2011
     One day after riding Edwin Jackson’s wizardry on the mound to a home opener victory, the White Sox decided to hand the Tampa Bay Rays their first victory of the season. In a game that saw the White Sox get on the board in the first inning with a Gordon Beckham home run and then go on to remain in the lead throughout the first...
Thu, 04/07/2011
The weather was the most distinct similarity between the White Sox’s and the Cubs’ 2011 home openers — it was cold, raw and eerily foggy for the Sox-Tampa Bay Rays game at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday, just as it had been for Cubs-Pirates at Wrigley Field six days earlier. The biggest difference? Expectations. Cub fans are subsisting on the...
Mon, 04/04/2011
Starlin Castro flashed tantalizing glimpses of an enticingly bright future all weekend at Wrigley Field. The Cubs’ 21-year-old shortstop was the most dynamic player in the ballpark, going 8-for-13 in a season-opening series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, with a double and two triples from the leadoff spot in the batting order, where he found...
Fri, 04/01/2011
It’s never a down year in Wrigleyville, the drink, drink and be merry capital of Chicagoland. Gloom-and-doom forecasts of a rough season for the Cubs did not seem to have made their way to the famously convivial neighborhood for Opening Day on Friday. Most of the watering holes were alive and pouring by 9 a.m., drawing crowds reminiscent of a mid...
Thu, 03/31/2011
The Cubs’ decision to feature Albert Pujols and Derek Jeter on some of their marketing billboards has provoked disbelieving indignation throughout Cubdom. What were they thinking? Jeter, I get — he is the most recognizable face on baseball’s marquee team. But he comes to Chicago every year to play the White Sox, and a Yankee appearance at Wrigley...