Saturday Night's All Right for Baseball

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tonight, the first Saturday night game since June 20, 1998 will be played at Wrigley Field. In that Saturday night tilt almost 13 years ago, rookie Kerry Wood struck out 11 in 7 1/3 innings and Sammy Sosa hit his 28th and 29th home runs in a 9-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

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April 26, 2011: Aisle 313, Row 1, Seat 101

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, May 5, 2011

In my visits to Wrigley Field in recent years, I have enjoyed a wide variety of vantage points.

I had the pleasure of watching the great Greg Maddux pitch from a second-row club box seat. I've also sat in the field boxes, terrace boxes, terrace reserved seats, and upper deck boxes - behind home plate and down both lines. I've even watched a couple games from rooftops across the street. But I had not sat in the bleachers since 2004 - two years before the seating area was renovated and named the "Bud Light Bleachers."

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SI Cover Features Castro

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro graces the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.

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Time for Cubs to Walk the Walk

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

When spring training opened last month, Cubs manager Mike Quade let it be known that there would be open competition for a large percentage of the spots on his team's Opening Day roster.

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The Phillies' Phenomenal Rotation

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, March 3, 2011

There are several interesting storylines heading into the 2011 major league season. Among them:

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13 Moments to Forget

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, November 21, 2010

You don't put together a 103-year championship drought without a few infamous and embarrassing moments. Cubs history is full of head-scratching and gut-wrenching moments. I believe these are the 13 worst:

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Rothschild Yankees Bound; How About Maddux as Successor?

By Chris Rewers on Friday, November 19, 2010

It was a surprise to learn Friday that longtime pitching coach Larry Rothschild has left the Cubs after accepting the same position with the New York Yankees.

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102 Years and Counting... Why Us?

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My grandfather turned 90 earlier this year.

Pops is no saint, but I have always been struck by his ability to make friends. It's a testament to his talent for relating to others that a week does not go by when somebody in our neighborhood asks me how he's doing or tells me a story about a good time they had with him.

But the fact that he has been a Cubs fan since at least the 1930s has to be penance for something. The man has been subjected to more bad baseball in his lifetime than anybody else I know and has not even enjoyed the experience of watching his favorite team play in the World Series since 1938. He was serving in the Pacific while the Cubs participated in the 1945 Fall Classic.

"Wait 'til next year!" my late grandmother would mutter whenever she'd hear a Cubs fan speak those words. "It's always wait 'til next year with those Cubs!"

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Aisle 233, Row 9, Seat 10

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, September 25, 2010

"Sucker," is not stamped on my forehead, but Tuesday night I attended the first of three games I have tickets for at Wrigley Field this week.

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Cubs 2, Braves 0

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hero: So far, no sophomore jinx. Cubs starter Randy Wells allowed no runs and six hits over six innings.
 
Goat: John Grabow entered with two outs in the eighth and walked Brian McCann on five pitches, forcing Cubs manager Lou Piniella to call upon closer Carlos Marmol to record four outs.
 
Key Play: Rookie Tyler Colvin, starting in left field in place of Alfonso Soriano, homered off Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson in the second inning to give Wells and four relievers all of the offense they would need.
  
Comment: Remember 1997, when the Cubs started 0-14 and were 10 games out by April 23? These are better days. And because St. Louis and Pittsburgh each lost, the North Siders gained a full game in the standings. Onward and upward.
 
Next Up: Carlos Silva will try to put his underachieving past behind him when he starts for the Cubs on Friday (6:10 p.m., WGN) in the opener of a three-game series in Cincinnati.

Sincerely, JCB

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