Mr. April

By Chris Rewers on Monday, May 2, 2011

Gordon Wittenmyer, in Monday's Chicago Sun-Times, pointed out that Cubs right fielder Kosuke Fukudome hit .383 (23-for-60) and is a .345 (101-for-293) hitter in his four seasons with the Cubs. But entering Monday's game, Fukudome was hitting just .244 (275-for-1,129) after April.

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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. 15, Dave Kingman's Salute to Mom

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, January 15, 2011

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

On May 14, 1978, I was 8 years old and out for dinner with my family at a restaurant. The Cubs' game against the host Los Angeles Dodgers was on the TV behind the bar and early in the meal I excused myself from the table on several occasions to check out the game.

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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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100 Worst: No. 100 Heinie Zimmerman

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, October 14, 2010

Third Baseman/Second Baseman/Shortstop, 1907-16

.304 BA, 48 HR, 561 RBI with Cubs

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

Take a little of Dave Kingman, add some Albert Belle, pour in a bit of Barry Bonds, mix in some Hal Chase, sprinkle in some Milton Bradley, shake well, and you get Heinie Zimmerman.

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Cubs Should Follow Winds and Change Approach

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 28, 2010

"When you play with the Cubs, it's like playing with heavy shoes on."

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Fly It High For Mr. Cub

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, August 22, 2010

I must've heard it a million times. Every time the name of Ernie Banks is mentioned in a conversation or during a broadcast, my grandfather will describe the typical Banks home run.

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Ramirez Joins The Immortals... and Larry Parrish

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Interesting stuff courtesy of Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times:

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An Alternate View: In Defense of Soriano

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cubs fans can be fickle and they love to kick a guy when he's down.

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