| Jul 15, 2013
| 5:09 PM
Nothing in sports drags incessantly like the countdown to baseball's trade deadline, not even the NFL preseason or a Chris Berman home run call.
It seemingly begins shortly after opening day and lasts until July 31, when a brief respite from rumors...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 8:53 PM
Kris Bryant stopped over at Wrigley Field on Friday, on his way to Mesa, Ariz. From there he will travel on to beautiful Boise, Idaho, where he will be initiated into pro baseball.
His father, Mike, picked up some dirt from the 99-year-old ballpark...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 8:08 PM
"What I want to avoid is the middle ground. It'd be nice to make the playoffs or get a protected draft pick. We're not hiding that. There's no glory in 78 wins instead of 73. Who cares?''
— Cubs President Theo Epstein to me in spring training...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 7:11 AM
Everybody clinches something at Wrigley Field.
In the last week, the Braves and Pirates clinched a division title and a playoff spot, respectively, while the Cubs clinched the most home losses in team history and the worst attendance since Sammy Sosa...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Talking baseball while wondering which unbeaten team gets tested the most this weekend, the Bears or Ohio State:
1. Believe it or not, the Cubs have a chance to do something that could be remembered years from now as a turning point. They’re...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 7:17 PM
The easiest thing for the Cubs to do would have been to let the Astros make their pick for them. But it's a disappointing night at the theater when easy stands in for best, and President Theo Epstein's stable of scouts doesn't work 20-hour days to go...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 6:16 PM
There is one benefit to losing 100-plus games. The Cubs will experience it Thursday night, and hopefully for a decade or more.
They need to be like the Tigers, Rays and Nationals, who built perennial contenders on the backs of franchise players they...
| May 26, 2013
| 8:12 PM
With the White Sox back to .500, maybe they can salvage our summer. The spring has been a bust, and never has there been a City Series matchup generating so little enthusiasm in Chicago.
But there is some good news for the baseball wise. That's this:...
| May 16, 2013
| 10:48 AM
Talking baseball while hoping the Bulls can avoid leaking talent in the off-season.
The White Sox have a new rallying cry, and it’s silly. Hey, we’re 17-21, look at us now!
That was the talk coming out of the clubhouse and the broadcast...
| Mar 7, 2013
MESA, Ariz. — Shawn Camp walked into Cubs camp late last March. It was only 10 days before opening day and he knew four people in the room.
Luckily for Camp, one of those four was manager Dale Sveum. And perhaps even better for Camp, there were...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 7:41 PM
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Go ahead, Theo Epstein.
Make that splash your fans have been waiting for since you were hired. Trade Starlin Castro for Justin Upton.
Javier Baez has your back.
At 22, Castro is far from a polished product. But he's also...
| Jun 3, 2012
| 7:57 PM
A year ago, some team might have made an offer that rocked Alex Young's world. The Pirates, Nationals or Red Sox, maybe even the Cubs, might have dug deep for the left-hander from Carmel High School.
They still could, of course, but 2012 is definitely...