That’s the place where all the shittiness happens,” said the child’s father, Lee Tendering, adding that the Cubs have been fucking up at Wrigley Field for almost 100 years. “Your grandpa used to take me here to watch the Cubs suck when I was a boy, and hopefully someday you’ll bring your son here to watch the Cubs suck.
chicagocubs:

John Baker took it like a champ.

To re-cap the season thus far, the Cubs’ 5th starter has lost two games in relief, a player wore the wrong uniform, and the pitcher and catcher collided going for a pop-up.
This is the year!

chicagocubs:

John Baker took it like a champ.

To re-cap the season thus far, the Cubs’ 5th starter has lost two games in relief, a player wore the wrong uniform, and the pitcher and catcher collided going for a pop-up.

This is the year!

Junior Lake (21) wearing the Cubs “Chicago” road unis, while Anthony Rizzo wears the new “CUBS” alt road version….in the same game at the same time.
Courtesy @johnguminski

Junior Lake (21) wearing the Cubs “Chicago” road unis, while Anthony Rizzo wears the new “CUBS” alt road version….in the same game at the same time.

Courtesy @johnguminski

The Cubs just gave up 9 runs in the 4th inning to the Angels including a Mike Trout grand slam.
It was the longest 4th inning in Cactus League history. Bodes well for the Cubbies, huh?

H/t Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs)

mightyflynn:

North Side Centenary

Although the Cubs didn’t begin playing there until 1916. We need to see more Chicago Whales…

The Cubs have unveiled a new mascot - Clark the Cub.

Can’t wait to see what happens when he drinks Gummi Berry juice.

The Cubs have unveiled a new mascot - Clark the Cub.

Can’t wait to see what happens when he drinks Gummi Berry juice.

Here is one hour of color footage, via WGN, of Jim Maloney’s August 19, 1965 no-hitter versus the Cubs.

Courtesy of SB Nation

Dale Sveum fired by the Cubs after two seasons. Here are some theories as to why:

* His constant whining about Theo Epstein “trading away” the Cubs “best players” leaving him with a “AAA team” every September. 

* His insufficient explanations on why Sveum is pronounced “Swaim”

* His violation of baseball’s unwritten rule of being manager when the team wanted to find another manager

* The Cubs have a thing for goats, including those that start with “scape”

Dale Sveum fired by the Cubs after two seasons. Here are some theories as to why:

* His constant whining about Theo Epstein “trading away” the Cubs “best players” leaving him with a “AAA team” every September.

* His insufficient explanations on why Sveum is pronounced “Swaim”

* His violation of baseball’s unwritten rule of being manager when the team wanted to find another manager

* The Cubs have a thing for goats, including those that start with “scape”

The Cubs are facing their 4th Cy Young winner in 5 days

Monday - Zach Greinke (2009 - AL)

Tuesday - Clayton Kershaw (2011 - NL)

Friday - Roy Halladay (2003 - AL; 2010 - NL)

Saturday - Cliff Lee (2008 - AL)

Greinke won, Kershaw lost, Halladay had a no decision in a Phillies win, and Lee is currently pitching.


Source - WGN 720AM

These are some mighty nice uniforms. Nice enough that you might not even mind being shutout for three straight home games. Which is what happened to the Cubs in 1924.
And again this week…89 years later:
August 3 - Dodgers 3, Cubs 0
August 4 - Dodgers 1, Cubs 0
August 12 - Reds 3, Cubs 0
(This also gave me an excuse to use my favorite baseball database, Dressed to the Nines)

 

These are some mighty nice uniforms. Nice enough that you might not even mind being shutout for three straight home games. Which is what happened to the Cubs in 1924.

And again this week…89 years later:

August 3 - Dodgers 3, Cubs 0

August 4 - Dodgers 1, Cubs 0

August 12 - Reds 3, Cubs 0

(This also gave me an excuse to use my favorite baseball database, Dressed to the Nines)

 

Today’s announcement: Ernie Banks will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom just like his mentor Buck O’Neil. What a beautiful day. Let’s play two.
(via presspasses)
Dodgers have played the Cubs 2150 times since 1890

Dodgers have won 1080

Cubs have won 1070

h/t to Pat Hughes on WGN-AM 720 (and whoever does his research)

Travis Wood and Tim Lincecum are a combined 4-4 in the Cubs-Giants game. (Wood put the only run on the board with a HR in the top of the 5th)

The rest of the two lineups have one hit  (Anthony Rizzo)

h/t @EyeonBaseball

Alfonso Soriano is officially going to the Yankees, where he began his career. Just a reminder that for a while Soriano was really good. Above are his season averages from 2001-2003 (his 3 full seasons with the Yankees) and 2001-2008 (when he played with the Yankees, Rangers, and Cubs…his production fell off the table in 2009).

During his first 9 seasons Soriano finished 3rd in the Rookie of the Year voting, was on 7 All-Star teams, won 4 Silver Sluggers, and was in the top 20 in MVP voting in 2002 (3rd), 2003, 2006 (6th), and 2007.

Oh and he was originally a second baseman.

The Cubs will pay $17.7 million of the remaining $25 million on Soriano’s contract. In return they have the Yankees picking up $7.3 million and get prospect Corey Black (3-8, 4.75 ERA with the Tampa Yankees this season).

Random note: My son has a Cubs bear he received at Wrigley during Build-a-Bear Day (in 2008/2009) that he calls “Alfonso Soriano Bear.” He now believes he needs to change the name. 

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Will Ferrell, Lumineers Mashup: Harry Caray Sings ‘Ho Hey’

Because you deserve a laugh-break

Think of it as your Wednesday 7th Inning Stretch…