H/t Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs)
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.
Here is one hour of color footage, via WGN, of Jim Maloney’s August 19, 1965 no-hitter versus the Cubs.
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”
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)
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)
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.
Because you deserve a laugh-break
Think of it as your Wednesday 7th Inning Stretch…
Cubs have won 1105 games.
Reds have won 1095 games.
(Although the Reds have taken 10 of 12 this season.)
Stats courtesy of Pat Hughes on WGN Radio.