| May 15, 2008
| 10:32 PM
Ryan Dempster and Greg Maddux both received standing ovations Thursday when they exited their starts at Wrigley Field, though Dempster noted one big difference.
"His was louder," he said. "And rightfully so. He deserves it."
Maddux may have had the...
| May 20, 2008
| 10:11 PM
HOUSTON — One of the biggest reasons for the Cubs early-season success has been Ryan Dempster's smooth transition from closer to starter.
But Dempster couldn't overcome his own wildness during one bad inning Tuesday night in a 4-2 loss to Houston...
| May 26, 2008
| 8:57 PM
After Ryan Dempster loaded the bases with a one-run lead and one out in the sixth inning of Monday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, a quick glance over his right shoulder revealed no one was warming up in the bullpen.
While Dempster had already...
| May 31, 2008
| 7:51 PM
Lou Piniella had what's often referred to as a "senior moment" after his Cubs knocked off the Rockies 5-4 on Saturday for their sixth straight win on the homestand.
"I don't even know how we scored our runs," Piniella said. "I don't remember. … But...
| Jun 3, 2008
| 9:59 PM
Seldom has a Cubs team been linked to so many of its predecessors as the 2008 edition has been during the first two months of the season.
Every day seems to bring about a new history lesson.
Consider that the Cubs on Tuesday night were off to their best...
| Jun 5, 2008
| 11:06 PM
Kerry Wood did his Wild Thing imitation Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, loading the bases in the bottom of the ninth before striking out Matt Kemp on a 95 m.p.h. fastball to preserve a 5-4 win over Los Angeles.
"Exciting game," manager Lou Pniella...
| Jun 10, 2008
| 9:59 PM
As they began their three-game homestand Tuesday night against Atlanta, the Cubs had the National League's top-ranked offense, its top-ranked pitching staff and its only rapping manager.
Manager Lou Piniella revealed he actually rapped while shooting a...
| Jun 11, 2008
| 9:22 PM
Cubs manager Lou Piniella was informed before Wednesday night's game that Ryan Dempster was 7-0 at Wrigley Field and 0-2 on the road.
"He hasn't won on the road?" Piniella said facetiously. "Stay home on this road trip."
Then Dempster went out and...
| Jun 12, 2008
| 2:49 PM
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Am I the only who thinks last night's drilling of Alfonso Soriano stems from some lingering bad feelings that date all the way back to last season?
Remember this? Last June Soriano hit three homers in a...
| Jun 16, 2008
| 11:44 AM
Paul Sullivan returns from an extended separation from his Tribune e-mail box in a special, Soriano-free edition of Ask Paul.
I'm excited to witness that the team has developed, step by step, without a lot of us noticing, a killer instinct they didn't...
| Jun 21, 2008
| 8:30 PM
About an hour before Game 2 of the City Series, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was telling Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney about all the rats he has seen at Wrigley Field over the years.
Kenney politely listened to Guillen's rant before offering a...
| Jun 22, 2008
| 10:23 PM
The White Sox are only three years removed from their last World Series championship, while the Cubs are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their last title.
These are historical facts most everyone in Chicago knows by now.
But noted philosopher...