Cubs

Fri, 04/06/2012
Like the 51 Cubs managers before him — from Amalfitano to Zimmer — Dave Sveum discovered Thursday that managing with the wind blowing in at Wrigley Field is a first-class ticket to second-guessing. And that is especially true for those who managed mediocre teams, of which there have been many...
Thu, 04/05/2012
 All games on WGN-AM 720. Season series: Nationals 4-3 in 2011. Thursday: 1:20 p.m.; WGN-Ch. 9. RH Stephen Strasburg (1-1, 1.50 ERA in 2011) vs. RH Ryan Dempster 10-14, 4.80). Saturday: 12:05 p.m.; CSN. LH...
Fri, 02/03/2012
The Cubs and pitcher Matt Garza avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract just before they were to go through the arbitration process Friday morning. Garza, who was 10-10 with a 3.32 ERA in hist first season as a Cub, had been seeking $12.5 million and the Cubs had offered $7.95. Garza's new deal also includes...
Fri, 01/27/2012
Sports talk radio was a phenomenon fairly new to Chicago the first time I heard it here. I was visiting from California, taking my daughter to college on a trip that included a two-hour drive from Chicago. I came upon WSCR — “the Score” — while punching the buttons in a rental car and heard a boisterous guy later identified as Mike North...
Fri, 11/11/2011
Pete Mackanin is a smart guy. He has to be if he graduated from Brother Rice High School, a South Side citadel of learning where several scholars I know first embarked on the path to true knowledge. Mackanin, a self-described “young 60” after 43 years in pro baseball, looked the part during last week’s visit to Wrigley Field: trim physique, nicely...
Fri, 10/21/2011
Tom Ricketts has often walked a fine line between clueless and indecisive during his two years in charge of the Cubs, but the Theo Epstein hire is being hailed as a bold and imaginative move, a case of the chairman identifying the best man for a big job and doing whatever it took to land him. Start with the salary — $4 million a year for a general...
Thu, 10/20/2011
If Cubs and Red Sox can't agree on compensation, Selig may interveneST. LOUIS — With the sides apparently no closer to resolving the question of what Theo Epstein is worth to the Cubs, major league sources indicate Commissioner Bud Selig is monitoring the situation and weighing the need to try to facilitate a deal. Selig has been hopeful Red Sox...
Wed, 10/12/2011
To understand why Theo Epstein would leave his one-time fantasy job — he grew up in Brookline, Mass., about a mile from Fenway Park — you first have to probe the psyche of big thinkers and dreamers. When Epstein became the youngest general manager in baseball history at age 28 years 11 months, his father Leslie told the Boston Globe...
Wed, 09/28/2011
Hell had already broken loose by the time I reached the tunnel through which Steve Bartman was being led out of Wrigley Field late in the evening of Oct. 14, 2003. Security guards surrounded the 26-year-old software specialist, but they couldn’t prevent enraged Cub fans from screaming vile insults at him as they pelted him with beer cups, peanuts...
Sun, 09/18/2011
A September collapse featuring two straight series sweeps by Detroit has the enigmatic White Sox sinking toward the Cubs’ homely perch in the baseball standings, with less than two weeks remaining in an unsightly season. Ouch. A Sox fan would sooner decorate his living room with Nick Swisher bobblehead dolls than acknowledge any kinship with the...