| Apr 26, 2012
| 7:37 AM
I don’t know why Carlos Marmol is still a Cub.
I don’t know if Marmol knows why he’s still a Cub.
Only Theo Epstein knows, and he should know better.
Marmol is the European sports car of closers --- finely tuned and destined to cost a...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 7:43 PM
MESA, Ariz. — A persistent father leaned into the Cubs dugout Tuesday at Hohokam Stadium to get Theo Epstein's attention.
For several minutes in excruciating detail, the man asked Epstein's advice in dealing with a son struggling to make his...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 7:03 PM
TEMPE, Ariz. — And so it begins.
On a cool, sunny Saturday alongside scenic Interstate 10, the Cubs played their first game with real promise since August 2009, when the worm turned for Lou Piniella. It didn't matter, of course, but it did suggest...
| Feb 9, 2013
| 1:52 PM
For 17 seasons, Derek Jeter has been the best reason to keep believing in baseball.
His throwback approach has yielded daily excellence in the middle of the Yankees infield. He has kept life simple off the field, and that never seems to be a bad idea....
| Feb 11, 2013
| 7:49 AM
MESA, Ariz. -- Talking baseball while wondering if Brandt Snedeker is the new Tom Watson:
1. Tony Campana isn’t really gone yet, but I’m already missing him. The Cubs made an unpopular decision Sunday, dropping Campana off the 40-man...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 6:56 PM
MESA, Ariz. — On the eve of their first workout of the spring, the Cubs suffered a setback.
Carlos Marmol arrived.
Another blow is sure to follow in a few days. Alfonso Soriano will walk in the door.
Cubs President Theo Epstein and general...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 8:26 AM
Athletes turned out in force to support former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and wife, Sarah, at the second annual Woody's Winter Warm-Up fundraiser at Harry Caray's Tavern at Navy Pier on Jan. 18. More than 400 patrons attended the event that benefits the Wood...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 7:55 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Talking baseball while wondering whose stock has climbed faster, Apple or Northern Illinois’ football program:
1. John Kruk feels the pain of Cub fans. But he is a huge believer in the path set by Theo Epstein, who continues to...
| Apr 7, 2013
| 10:35 AM
The pieces aren't in place yet for the Cubs, but the plan is and so is the braintrust. Whether Tom Ricketts, Theo Epstein and Dale Sveum will succeed remains a mystery, and the fact is there's more to be done. A lot more.
So on the cusp of Wrigley...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 6:23 PM
Watching the Cubs' annual opening exercise at Wrigley Field, an event lessened by Chicago politics and low expectations, there was plenty of time to wonder about a question that applies on both sides of town: WWBVD.
What would Bill Veeck do?
| Apr 8, 2013
| 6:08 PM
If the Cubs falling a wind shift short of a game-winning home run in the ninth inning of Monday's home-opening 7-4 loss to the Brewers teased your emotions and tested your resolve, imagine how Tom Ricketts felt.
The Cubs chairman arrived at Wrigley...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 7:51 AM
If you believe the 2013 Cubs were built to stink -- spoiler alert: they were -- then you had to like Edwin Jackson’s miserable start in Monday’s home opener and Starlin Castro’s aggravating last out that was a wind shift from turning...