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. 4: The Sandberg Game

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Cubs' season was at a crossroads when the St. Louis Cardinals visited Wrigley Field for a three-game series, June 22-24, 1984.

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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 Make Right Call with Quade

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry made the right call Tuesday in announcing that Mike Quade would manage the team in 2011.

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Quade Making Quite a Statement

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ryan Dempster's endorsement Tuesday of Mike Quade for the Cubs managerial job in 2011 is the final event in a long series of developments that has convinced me that Quade is the right man for the job.

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Milner Rains on Rainey's Parade

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, August 26, 2010

"C'mon Chris, give it up!" has been the constant refrain of family members and friends in recent weeks.

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Dallas Green's Snafu

By Chris Rewers on Friday, August 20, 2010

This week's snafu in which the Cubs mistakenly recalled an ineligible Micah Hoffpauir from Triple-A Iowa brings to mind a front office mistake that could have cost the North Siders their National League East championship in 1984.

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Mr. Ricketts, Stay Out of the Clubhouse

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The latest issue of Sports Illustrated arrived in the mailbox Wednesday and it included a short story about Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts.

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Hawk Talk

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, May 5, 2010

In 1987, the final year of the Dallas Green regime and an exclusive day schedule at Wrigley Field, Andre Dawson treated Cubs fans to one of the greatest individual seasons in franchise history.

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The [Monday] Sports Pages

By Chris Rewers on Monday, April 5, 2010

Cubs fans have heard it before. Manager Lou Piniella believes this could be the year that the Cubs end their 102-year world championship drought.

"I think the Cubs, their time is coming to win the World Series," Piniella said after Saturday's spring training finale in Phoenix. "Hopefully, it's very, very, very soon.

"When we do, it will be an event," he added.

You think?

Of course, each of the 30 major league managers will say that his team is capable of achieving October glory if his players stay healthy and perform to the best of their abilities. But does anybody really believe that Pittsburgh manager John Russell really thinks his Pirates have a shot?

Perhaps the most honest preseason managerial assessment of a team from the Cubs' Phil Cavarretta in 1954.

"The Cubs have to win now," Cavarretta said late in spring training. "They are losing fans by the thousands. But the material isn't there. The future looks even worse. There just isn't any good talent coming up. The Cubs have to get some big league talent or they're sunk."

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Sincerely, JCB

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