Chicago man excited to root on Cubs from Bartman's seat

CHICAGO (AP) The man walked down the aisle and put his stuff on the most notorious seat in Wrigley Field. His wife waited somewhere else, avoiding the scene for the moment. Yup, Bryan was very prepared for Game 6 of the NL Championship Series. Providing only his first name and very few details, the 38-year-old said he knew ahead of time he was sitting in the same spot Steve Bartman...
Via Associated Press
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Seeking WS berth, Cubs strike first in Game 6

As Wrigleyville teemed with anticipation about a potential historic night ahead, the Cubs gave the sellout crowd an early reason to cheer -- and relax -- by jumping on Clayton Kershaw for two first-inning runs in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday night.
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Cubs singer stuns Wrigley Field with an amazing national anthem before Game 6

Before Game 6 of the NLCS, the Chicago Cubs rolled out one of their best national anthem singers.John Vincent is a Chicago performer known to hold out the note on "free" for an impossibly long time (like this during the NLDS):He did that again Saturday evening at Wrigley Field, performing an incredible version of the national anthem to the fans' delight and even getting a smile out...
Via FOX Sports
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Former Cubs Soriano, Wood on hand for Game 6

Seven-time All-Star Alfonso Soriano played in Chicago long enough during his 16-year Major League career to understand the anxiety -- "angst," as manager Joe Maddon described it -- Cubs fans were experiencing in the hours leading up to Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday.
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Why Joe Maddon chose Albert Almora Jr. over Jason Heyward in huge Game 6 for Cubs

With a chance to book their first trip to the World Series since 1945, Joe Maddon elected to start rookie Albert Almora Jr. over Jason Heyward.
Via CSN Chicago
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In-Game Live: Cubs look to clinch World Series berth

The Cubs look to clinch a World Series berth for the first time since 1945, and you can follow Game 6 vs. the Dodgers with In-Game Live.
Via CSN Chicago
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Maddon on Schwarber: 'That's kind of a surprise'

Joe Maddon talks about the possibility of Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs in the World Series if they were to advance.
Via CSN Chicago
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Cubs Designate Giovanni Soto For Assignment

The Cubs have designated left-hander Giovanni Soto for assignment, the team announced.  The move creates a 40-man roster spot for Kyle Schwarber, who was activated from the 60-day DL to join the Arizona Fall League in an improbable quest to make Chicago’s World Series roster (if the Cubs can advance). The Cubs acquired Soto from the Indians for cash considerations in April. ...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
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Chicago Cubs: What to remember ahead of Game 6 at Wrigley Field

Well, the time has finally arrived. Tonight, at Wrigley Field, surrounded by excited fans on both ends, the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers continue their battle. For Chicago, it’s one more win and you’re in. However, the Dodgers need two. I’ve been thinking about this day ever for 13 years. The last time our […] Chicago Cubs: What to remember ahead of Game 6 at Wrigley...
Via Cubbies Crib
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Chicago Cubs: Jason Heyward needs to sit tonight, right?

With the Chicago Cubs facing the Dodgers’ Kershaw tonight, one lineup choice seems obvious. Sit Jason Heyward. He’s been strong on defense, but worthless at the plate. The numbers back the move up, right? So this should be a cut and dry decision for the Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Jason Heyward has looked lost […] Chicago Cubs: Jason Heyward needs to sit tonight, right...
Via Cubbies Crib
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Report: Kyle Schwarber not ruled out for World Series

Kyle Schwarber was supposed to be out for the season, but it appears that there’s a faint glimmer of hope he may yet contribute if the Chicago Cubs can make it to the World Series. According to Sahadev Sharma of the Athletic, the Cubs are sending Schwarber to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League on Saturday, where he will play in a competitive game for the first time...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Second City October: NLCS Game Six Preview, Dodgers (2-3) at Cubs (3-2)

How to preview in 900-1,100 words what could be a game 71 years in the making? The key, as I see it, is to keep basic. You know what’s at stake. You know the history. You have no need to hear my patented witty, trenchant pop culture references. So, let’s keep it basic. In the […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
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Thursday’s Cubs game drew twice the local rating of Bears-Packers

The 2016 Cubs are really the holy grail of sports story. They’re a dominant team with big-name stars and exciting role players, plus an eccentric manager, a celebrity GM and, oh yeah, a little curse or something like that. Well, Chicago is certainly paying attention. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, Thursday’s Cubs-Dodgers NLCS Game 5 drew an average local TV rating...
Via Awful Announcing
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Cubs close, but Sarge knows what can happen in a hurry

NEW YORK (AP) Once in a while, Gary Matthews relives how close his Chicago Cubs came to reaching the World Series. Actually, a little more often. ''Wow,'' he said. ''Think about that every day.'' With his former team just one win from its first World Series trip since 1945, fans everywhere already are envisioning the excitement at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lead the Los Angeles...
Via Associated Press
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Jon Lester Should Have Madison Bumgarner’s Reputation

Last night, Jon Lester took the mound for the Cubs, and for most of the game, the conversation was about he can’t do; hold runners on. The Dodgers danced and pranced off first base, taking leads they wouldn’t take against any pitcher, and daring him to throw over to first base. But you know what the Dodgers didn’t do against Jon Lester? Score runs. Okay, fine, they got one...
Via Fangraphs
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With Game 6 looming, Kershaw not defined by inaccurate image

Clayton Kershaw is not sweating the small stuff.It is both an odd, yet typical response headed into such a pivotal game as Saturday’s Game 6 of the National League Championship Series is. But it is one that should be at the very least expected from the Dodgers ace lefty, as he has been here before.When asked about potential excitement for himself headed into Saturday’s potentially...
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Kershaw: Hendricks is like the Greg Maddux of this generation

Clayton Kershaw offered high praise when asked about Cubs starter and NLCS Game 6 opponent Kyle Hendricks. Speaking with media, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace compared the 26-year-old soft-thrower to Atlanta Braves legend, Greg Maddux, praising his ability at changing speeds and throwing pitches in the right place. “Well, he obviously had an amazing year,” Kershaw admitted in...
Via The Outside Corner
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Jon Lester is the best $155 million the Cubs have ever spent

Theo Epstein wanted Jon Lester on his team again.He wanted him bad.Lester was one of the top free agents following the 2014 season — which made him desirable enough — but it was Epstein's first-hand experience with the lefty that made the Cubs president, following his second season in Chicago, so determined to land him.Epstein knew what Lester represented. He knew that he wanted...
Via FOX Sports
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Cubs fan Craig Sager released from hospital, watches Game 4

Chicago Cubs superfan Craig Sager, who has been in the hospital for three months as he continues his lengthy battle with leukemia, was released in time to watch his beloved team play the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS with his family. Perhaps best of all, obviously outside his discharge from the hospital, was that the Cubs whipped the Dodgers by a score of 10-2 to even...
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Anthony Rizzo borrows teammate’s bat, breaks out of slump

Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell were virtually invisible in the MLB playoffs entering Wednesday night’s game against the Dodgers, but that changed in a big way. Both players homered in the game, which was basically a must-win with the possibility of facing Clayton Kershaw in Game 5. Rizzo was in a 2-for-26 slump heading into the game, but he may have found what was previously...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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