| May 14, 2013
| 7:40 AM
Talking baseball while congratulating the Boston Bruins on one of the great playoff finishes of all time:
1. In less than two years with the Cubs’ organization, Anthony Rizzo has earned himself a $41 million guarantee, which he says guarantees...
| May 15, 2013
| 4:12 PM
Lifelong Cubs fan here with ZERO trust in the Ricketts family in putting together a consistent winning team. It's obvious they only see the Cubs as cash cows. Am I wrong here? -- Selma B., Cincinnati
Cash bison perhaps, but cash cows? No. I think the...
| May 2, 2013
| 11:39 AM
If Cubs owner Tom Ricketts actually made good on his threat to leave Wrigley Field for a more baseball-friendly neighborhood, what would be the best use of the site at Clark and Addison?
My plan? Flatten and grade it, then enclose it in cyclone fence and...
| May 1, 2013
| 8:07 PM
Hearing Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts publicly threaten to move the team out of Wrigley Field for the first time Wednesday if his restoration plan meets resistance immediately raised an obvious question.
What took so long?
Ricketts told the City Club...
| May 1, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Talking baseball while hoping that it’s not a bad sign that the Blackhawks had to go into overtime to beat the Wild in their playoff opener:
1. Yoenis Cespedes was the guy last year. This time around, Hyun-jin Ryu is the guy.
Just as Cespedes...
| May 2, 2013
| 6:18 AM
Wait, did someone mistake Tom Ricketts’ statement to a group of business wonks Wednesday morning as a big-boy threat to move the Cubs out of Wrigley Field?
No. Stop it. Wake up. Wise up. Because not even Ricketts thought he was threatening to move...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 7:24 AM
| Jan 20, 2012
En route to 91 losses last season and a radical regime change, the Cubs were outscored by 102 runs. As it happens, half of those can be put down to talent and half of them to playing the game well.
Bill James tracks manufactured runs, both created and...
| Feb 2, 2012
Paul Kahan is the opposite of an enigma. He is easily explained. He is pleased by simple pleasures. He defines his life by four pillars: chef, record-store geek, husband, law-abiding citizen. Everything else is noise.
In judgment, he renders halfway...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 12:45 PM
In one of baseball's sweetest traditions, Stan Musial would play "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" on his harmonica for the so-called seventh-inning stretch of baseball's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Johnny Bench has stepped in for the 91-year-old...
| Mar 19, 2012
| 4:36 PM
When Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts walks around Wrigley Field, die-hard fans of the Northsiders always seem to want to tell him their age. “It …...
| Mar 10, 2012
| 3:18 PM
Forget the Mets' financing troubles attached to the Fred Wilpon/Bernie Madoff connection. Look past the Red Sox's franchise-reshaping, where these days only the uniforms seem unchanged, and the slow-moving sale of the Dodgers.
The chaos at the Padres'...