| May 29, 2013
| 5:18 PM
Oh, yeah. That's what a curtain call looks like.
You could understand if Wrigley Field fans had forgotten, chugging toward the All-Star break in the fifth season with the ivy-covered walls surrounding a playoff-free zone. But it turns out they remember,...
| May 23, 2013
I am a lifelong Cubs fan, and I'm one of those lifelong Cubs fans who equate the White Sox with the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Heat: You are the unseemly other, and I delight in your every failure.
After thousands of innings of...
| May 23, 2013
| 1:31 PM
Right about the time you're settling down for some Memorial Day barbecue and beverages on Monday, the Cubs and White Sox will renew their Crosstown Classic rivalry. This year it's only four games—two at each ballpark—and they're all back to...
| May 26, 2013
| 6:31 PM
Starting pitching is everything, right?
After all, the 10 major league teams that had the lowest starters' earned-run average averaged 91 wins last season. This year, eight of the top 10 teams in ERA are winning almost 60 percent of their games,...
| May 2, 2013
| 6:22 PM
Chicago now has digested a month of uninspiring baseball on both sides of town. The reaction has me puzzled.
"It's going to be a long summer," seems to be the most common response from fans and the media.
No, it isn't. The Cubs and White Sox are on...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 8:08 PM
MIAMI — Put this Marlins loss on Juan Pierre, he's willing to take it.
The Marlins had embattled Cubs closer Carlos Marmol on the ropes Thursday, working men onto first and second with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth.
Down 4-3, thanks to...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 7:16 PM
A pitching staff that included Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and Carlos Marmol went belly up in 2012, despite prolonged stretches of dominance from those four starters and the closer.
The Cubs finished 24th among all major...
| Jun 19, 2012
| 8:28 PM
Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood wants home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor to know there’s an inside corner.
But the shoelaces were a strike?
Showing great savvy in adjusting to Bucknor’s sometimes incomprehensible strike zone...
| Apr 29, 2012
| 4:25 PM
The Phillies had just two hits in their 5-1 loss to the Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils avoided their third shut out of the season thanks to Ty Wigginton's bases-loaded walk with two outs in......
| Dec 17, 2012
| 9:19 AM
Talking baseball while hoping Alshon Jeffery learns to use his size:
1. Yes, the Cubs came close to landing a big fish last week. But now that Anibal Sanchez has re-enlisted with the Tigers, thanks to Mike Ilitch finding a spare $32 million during the...
| Apr 12, 2013
Whenever ethnic profiling raises its ugly head, you can usually count on a great newspaper to express its outrage.
Unless the head once belonged to a goat, and said head was sent to Wrigley Field in care of Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts.
| May 2, 2012
| 4:21 PM
Now that the Cubs have been mathematically eliminated from 2012 and 2013 postseason contention, how bare do you see Theo Epstein stripping the Cubs? Is he going to trade everything of value (Matt Garza, Geovany Soto), pay large chunks of salary (Alfonso...