Not So-Sorry Soriano

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Alfonso Soriano is the third Cub in the last 41 years to hit 11 or more home runs in the team's first 28 games.

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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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Cubs 10, Dodgers 8

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hero: Starlin Castro - the best player the Cubs farm system has produced since perhaps Billy Williams - went 4-for-5 with a double and a clutch two-run single during the Cubs' five-run eighth. It was the fifth career four-hit game for Castro, who is now hitting .393, and his second four-hit effort this season. He has a major league leading 10 multi-hit games in 2011 and leads the majors with 35 hits.

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April 1, 2011: Aisle 233, Row 8, Seat 110

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, April 7, 2011

I turned 41 on April 1 and I can't think of a better birthday present than the one my wife, Denise, gave me this year - three tickets to this year's Opening Day game between the Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

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Greatest Moments: No. 5, Mr. Cub's 500th Homer

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, February 10, 2011

(Editor's Note: Twenty-sixth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

Radio talk show host Dennis Prager often tells his listeners that "happy people make the world better" so therefore "we have a moral obligation to act as happy as possible."

Ernie Banks - who turned 80 on Jan. 31 - played on some awful Cubs teams for much of his career, endured some nagging injuries, at least one death threat, and many of the difficulties that no doubt were presented to him as one of a group of pioneering black major league players. But throughout his career and since his retirement, Mr. Cub has continued to smile.

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Greatest Moments: No. 11, Almost Perfect

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, January 20, 2011

(Editor's Note: Twentieth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

It was perhaps the most bittersweet no-hitter in major league history.

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Greatest Moments: No. 12, Holtzman's No-Strikeout No-Hitter

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

(Editor's Note: Nineteenth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

Whenever I watch footage of Ken Holtzman's no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field on Aug. 19, 1969, I am struck by the smiles on the faces of the Cubs players as they mobbed Holtzman after the final out.

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Greatest Moments: No. 29 Hooton Makes Mets Knuckle (Curve) Under

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, December 28, 2010

(Editor's Note: Second in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

Burt Hooton was making just his second major league appearance when he started for the Cubs against the New York Mets in the second game of a twilight doubleheader on Sept. 15, 1971.

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Rest in Peace, Ronnie

By Chris Rewers on Friday, December 3, 2010

Life has thrown me more than a fair share of curveballs, but throughout my many trials and tribulations, I have tried my best to maintain my optimism and to reflect on my many blessings.

And I could not have a better role model in regards to having a sunny disposition in the face of adversity than former Cubs star and longtime radio broadcaster Ron Santo.

It was very sad to learn Friday morning that Santo, the greatest third baseman in Cubs history, had died at age 70 from complications of bladder cancer.

Santo was one of my father's favorite ballplayers and I was very familiar with the nine-time All-Star's playing exploits long before he joined the Cubs broadcast team in 1990. Say what you will about Santo's on-air style ("Who's this guy pitching, Pat?"), but understand that listening to a Cubs game on the radio will never be the same.

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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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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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Cubs Player Rankings

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, November 6, 2010

The improved play the Cubs demonstrated under interim manager Mike Quade during the season's final weeks (a 24-13 record) was encouraging but it doesn't change the fact that the 2010 season was an unmitigated disaster.

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Cubs 8, Astros 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, October 2, 2010

Hero: Carlos Zambrano (11-6) allowed three runs - two earned - on three hits over 6 1/3 innings while striking out five and walking three. Zambrano won his final eight decisions and posted a 1.24 ERA in his last 10 starts.

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Colvin Released from Hospital

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tyler Colvin was released Wednesday from a Miami hospital and, according to Len Kasper during Wednesday's Cubs-Giants telecast, was driving from South Florida with his grandfather to his home in South Carolina where he will recuperate.

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1969: That Sinking Feeling

By Chris Rewers on Friday, September 17, 2010

I wasn't around in 1969 but I can relate to the way Cubs fans in September of that year must have felt.

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Cubs 7, Cardinals 3

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hero: Tyler Colvin became the fourth Cubs rookie to hit 20 or more home runs in a season. The other members of the exclusive club are Walt "Moose" Moryn with 23 in 1956, Billy Williams (25, 1961), and Geovany Soto (23, 2008).

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A Fitting Tribute to Billy Williams

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, September 9, 2010

Whenever announcers or writers refer to a star athlete as "a natural," I believe that they are discounting all the hard work that it takes for that player to make it to the top of his profession.

Much has been said and written about the wonderful, "sweet" swing of Cubs Hall of Famer Billy Williams, and it is often said that the Hall of Famer was blessed with that swing. It is true that Williams brought a great deal of natural ability with him when he became the Cubs everyday left fielder in 1961, but I wonder how many people realize how hard the man worked to become one of the finest hitters of his era.

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Almost Perfect

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, September 2, 2010

It was perhaps the most bittersweet no-hitter in major league history.

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Colvin Has Shot at Cubs Rookie Home Run Mark

By Chris Rewers on Friday, August 27, 2010

He may not be the best rookie on his team, but Tyler Colvin has a great shot at breaking Billy Williams' 49-year-old Cubs rookie home run record. If Colvin avoids injury, plays regularly, and continues to hit home runs at his current frequency, the mark will belong to him.

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Holtzman No-Hitter Was High Point of '69

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 21, 2010

Whenever I watch footage of Ken Holtzman's no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field on Aug. 19, 1969, I am struck by the smiles on the faces of the Cubs players as they mobbed Holtzman after the final out.

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