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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A Man Who Needs No Introduction

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"Just a quick little glimpse into what good of a person Vin Scully is," Len Kasper said during Tuesday night's Cubs-Los Angeles Dodgers telecast on WGN.

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Len and Bob on the Royal Wedding

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, April 28, 2011

It was one of those nights.

The Cubs trailed 7-0 in the first inning.Thank goodness for the Cubs broadcast crews, who helped ease the pain with their banter.

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Booth Review

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

We're just five games into the new season, but Cubs TV broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly, now in their seventh season together, are already in midseason form.

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Pirates 5, Cubs 4

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hero: Starlin Castro produced three more hits, including a pair of triples, and is hitting .615.

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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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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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End of the Road for Uncle Lou

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Cubs announced that Lou Piniella will step down following Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves because of family reasons.

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Bursting Fergie's Bubble

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I enjoyed Len Kasper's anecdote during Wednesday's Cubs-Padres telecast on Comcast SportsNet regarding the gum chewing habits of rookie Darwin Barney.

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A Herculean Relief Effort

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It was great to see Scott Sanderson at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night as the guest conductor for "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

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Phillies 4, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hero: Randy Wells allowed seven hits, walked two, and struck out five over seven solid innings. Wells was not overpowering, but was able to wiggle out of trouble in the first, fourth, and sixth innings.

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A Koufax Cubbie Occurrence

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 10, 2010

Thinking about this year's Cubs team too much makes our heads hurt. So we always enjoy when Len Kasper and Bob Brenly can take our minds off the present by sharing a story from the past.

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Cubs 3, Reds 1

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 3, 2010

Hero: Randy Wells (4-6) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning en route to his first victory since April 30. Wells surrendered one earned run on five hits while walking one and striking out five in 7 2/3 innings.

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White Sox 3, Cubs 2

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, June 26, 2010

Hero: Carlos Silva, who failed in his third attempt to win his ninth game, exited after six innings and 109 pitches. The right-hander allowed just two runs - both earned - on three hits.

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There's No Mercy Rule in the Majors

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, June 19, 2010

As if losing a game 12-0 and getting outhit 15-2 isn't bad enough, the commentary of Len Kasper and Bob Brenly during the Angels' three-run ninth Saturday should have caused anyone wearing a Cubs uniform great shame.

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Athletics 9, Cubs 5

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hero: Rookie right fielder Tyler Colvin committed two errors in the seventh inning, but hit his seventh home run of the season en route to a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Colvin is hitting .304.

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Brewers 5, Cubs 4 (10 innings)

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hero: A scalding Marlon Byrd went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .329. Byrd has 16 hits in his last 31 at-bats (.516).

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The Bleacher Aristocrat

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, May 16, 2010

Len Kasper and Bob Brenly called Sunday's WGN telecast of the Cubs-Pirates game from front-row seats in the left field bleachers and Cubs chairman and "bleacher veteran" Tom Ricketts, sporting a white Cubs polo shirt, stopped by to once again demonstrate to the fans that he is a man of the people.

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Fonzi Picks On Little Guys

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

During Tuesday's night's game, the fourth straight in which Alfonso Soriano homered, Len Kasper mentioned his ChicagoNow blog post that purportedly statistically showed that Soriano is demonstrating better patience at the plate so far this season.

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Cubs 10, Diamondbacks 5

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, May 2, 2010

Hero: "Alfonso Soriano's locked in, ain't he?" Mark Grace asked Len and Bob while visiting the booth after his rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame."

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