Before there was Walter Payton and Michael Jordan in Chicago as icons, there was Ernie Banks, and you couldn't get enough of him. His smile and enthusiasm and love of life and of people was something I had never experienced. Period.
Up to this point, Cubs' president Theo Epstein's plan has been nothing short of brilliant. Trade away anything of value at the Major League level for minor league prospects that harvest more hope than humiliation.
You see us wearing ankle-length puffy coats well into March. That's not because we're ambassadors for North Face. The winter of 2013-14 was, literally, one of the worst in Chicago's history. But that's not all.
Is the Wrigley Field makeover a good thing or a bad thing? I don't know. Could go either way. Depends on what it looks like when it's done. But even more then what it looks like, it depends on whether that family cares more about practicing stewardship or quarterly returns.
OK... OK. You may not view a team that is 81-63 as "imploding," but hear me out.
Baseball is halfway through the season and the All-Star Break is upon us. This lull in the normal game routine gives me my own hiatus to reflect upon what I love about baseball.
More than a decade after Moneyball was written, on base percentage, and the ability to draw walks are no longer undervalued by the market. Accordingly, identifying the new market inefficiency is an ongoing challenge for all teams. Billy Beane, the name most associated with Moneyball, may have just found one.
Although there will never be another Don Zimmer with his unique collection of baseball memories and experiences, baseball itself will go on and 20 years from now it is possible that few fans will remember baseball without people like Bochy, Righetti, Hurdle or other newer baseball lifers.
There have been various stories on the $575 million ballpark expansion and neighborhood redevelopment efforts of the Ricketts' family at the Friendly ...
Whether you're looking for great food, music or simply a few new friends to complain about the Cubs to, put summertime in Chicago on your bucket-list. Just make sure you check your weather app before you pack.
Yea they call us the Second City -- but make no mistake, we're number one.
Remember when you were a kid and before a long road trip your parents would say "do you have to go to the bathroom?" Your answer was almost always a q...
For Manny, it was home runs, RBIs, or he didn't seem to be interested. While Ramirez most likely won't push anyone's buttons about running hard on the base paths or not jogging out to their positions, he can teach them about the art of hitting.
This is it. Today is the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field. Initially it was known as Weegham Park, and then Cubs Park, but eventually the Wrigley family came in and they got the name right.
Look at the forecast for Illinois for the next 10 days. Actually, on second thought, don't. It's depressing. This winter with all the snow and the nagging, continuing appearances from the polar vortex has really taxed the fortitude of Illinoisans.
Ernie Banks' positive attitude was infectious. He learned that he could make everyone around him smile, and a lot more comfortable, by creating his own weather.