Pujols Right Guy for Cubs

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, May 12, 2011

I wish Chicago Sun-Times columnist Joe Cowley would stick to telling White Sox general manager Ken Williams how to do his job.

In Thursday's Sun-Times, Cowley, a former longtime White Sox beat writer, advised Cubs fans to not get their hopes up in regards to the North Siders signing St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols. He suggested that any Cubs fan who dares dream of Pujols donning a Cubs uniform in 2012 should "pick up the nearest stapler and punch it into your chest to help snap you back to reality."

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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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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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Greatest Moments: No. 2, Merkle's Boner

By Chris Rewers on Friday, April 22, 2011

The Cubs' chances of winning a second straight world championship and third straight National League pennant were not looking promising on Aug. 16, 1908 when Philadelphia right-hander George McQuillan outdueled the Cubs' Jack Pfiester in a 1-0 Phillies victory at Chicago's West Side Grounds.

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A Contrarian View of the NL Central

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, March 31, 2011

I remember fondly throughout my childhood the February day in which my father would bring home a stack of baseball preview magazines.

I would devour those things and have continued the practice into adulthood. All of that reading material has helped me get through those final few weeks without baseball, but I learned long ago that such publications should not be believed as gospel.

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The Phillies' Phenomenal Rotation

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, March 3, 2011

There are several interesting storylines heading into the 2011 major league season. Among them:

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Only 32 Days Until Opening Day

By Chris Rewers on Monday, February 28, 2011

The snow has melted, the days are getting noticeably longer, and the Cubs are playing spring training games in Arizona.

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Greatest Moments : No. 28 Averill Comes Prepared

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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

Cubs outfielder Earl Averill Jr. was sitting on his couch watching Lew Burdette pitching for the Milwaukee Braves against the New York Yankees in the 1958 World Series and noticed that the right-hander was using his fastball to set up his breaking stuff instead of the other way around, as is customary.

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Welcome Home, Woody

By Chris Rewers on Friday, December 17, 2010

All sentiments aside, the signing of pitcher Kerry Wood on Friday to a one-year, $1.5 million contract was an astute move by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.

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Glass is Half-Empty, Glass is Half-Full

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, December 11, 2010

Consider me among those who has been underwhelmed by the Cubs' offseason activity up to this point, but it seems that every piece of less-than-exciting news has been surrounded by a silver lining.

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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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Rothschild Yankees Bound; How About Maddux as Successor?

By Chris Rewers on Friday, November 19, 2010

It was a surprise to learn Friday that longtime pitching coach Larry Rothschild has left the Cubs after accepting the same position with the New York Yankees.

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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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Ex-Cub Report No. 3

By Chris Rewers on Monday, November 8, 2010

For the first time in my life, I felt sorry for the New York Yankees when they fell to the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series.

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100 Worst: No. 99 Bobby Murcer

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Right Fielder, 1977-79

.270 BA, 43 HR, 175 RBI with Cubs

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

Bobby Murcer was a five-time All-Star and the best player on the New York Yankees during the early 1970s, but by the time he arrived to the Cubs in 1977, his best days had passed him by.

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1932: Babe Ruth's Called Shot

By Chris Rewers on Monday, October 11, 2010

Babe Ruth's "Called Shot" is one of the great legends in the history of baseball and Wrigley Field - but I'm sorry to report that it never happened. It's a case in which sportswriters refused to let the facts get in the way of a great story and as the years have passed, fiction has evolved into fact.

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Central Miscasting

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wednesday's 4-0, no-hit loss by the Cincinnati Reds to Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, was the 10th in a row in postseason play by NL Central champions.

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1908: Merkle's Boner

By Chris Rewers on Monday, October 4, 2010

The Cubs' chances of winning a second straight world championship and third straight National League pennant were not looking promising on Aug. 16, 1908 when Philadelphia right-hander George McQuillan outdueled the Cubs' Jack Pfiester in a 1-0 Phillies victory at Chicago's West Side Grounds.

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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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Red Sox, Yankees Highlight 2011 Schedule

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Cubs will make their first interleague visit to play the Boston Red Sox and host the New York Yankees at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2003 during the 2011 season.

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