Cubs 4, Dodgers 1

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hero: Finally, the Demp we know and love. Ryan Dempster, who turned 34 on Tuesday, walked the first two batters he faced on eight straight balls, but bounced back to work seven solid innings. Dempster- who lowered his ERA to 8.05 while not figuring in the decision- allowed one (earned) run on six hits while walking two and striking out five.

"To say this was the best outing of Ryan Dempster's season would be probably the understatement of the year," Len Kasper said during the WGN telecast."He was really good."

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Garza Trade Good for Cubs

By Chris Rewers on Friday, January 7, 2011

The acquisition of pitcher Matt Garza by the Cubs, along with two minor leaguers, from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for five prospects - that include right-handed pitcher Chris Archer, outfielders Brandon Guyer and Sam Fuld, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, and catcher Robinson Chirinos - is a brilliant and gutsy move by general manager Jim Hendry.

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100 Worst: No. 91 Kyle Farnsworth

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pitcher, 1999-2004

22-37, 4 saves, 4.78 ERA with Cubs

(Editor's Note: Tenth in a series identifying the 100 worst Cubs of all-time.)

Tim Robbins played Eby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh in the 1988 movie, Bull Durham. Nuke was a young pitching phenom who was described by his catcher Crash Davis as a prospect who possessed "a million-dollar arm and a five-cent" head.

I always considered Crash's description of Nuke an apt one for Kyle Farnsworth, a young flamethrower who teased Cubs fans with his blazing heat and some fleeting success but failed to fulfill his promise because of a lack of commitment to his career.

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100 Worst: No. 97 Jose Macias

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Outfielder/Third Baseman/Second Baseman, 2004-05

.261 BA, .284 OBP, 4 HR, 35 RBI with Cubs

(Editor's Note: Fourth in a series identifying the 100 worst Cubs of all-time.)

Jose Macias was part of a group of players - who also included Lenny Harris, Neifi Perez, and Jerry Hairston Jr. - who my friends and I referred to as "Dusty's Boys."

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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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Make Way for Micah

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The departure of Derrek Lee in Wednesday's trade with Atlanta that brings three pitching prospects - right-handers Robinson Lopez and Tyrelle Harris, and left-hander Jeffrey Lorick - was bittersweet news.

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Busch Stadium: Section 270, Row 9, Seat 16

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A road trip to watch the Cubs play in St. Louis means having to endure a boring five-hour drive down less-than-scenic I-55 and scorching heat.

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