Saturday Night's All Right for Baseball

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tonight, the first Saturday night game since June 20, 1998 will be played at Wrigley Field. In that Saturday night tilt almost 13 years ago, rookie Kerry Wood struck out 11 in 7 1/3 innings and Sammy Sosa hit his 28th and 29th home runs in a 9-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

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The Beats Go On

By Chris Rewers on Monday, March 7, 2011

I had WGN (720-AM) on in the car recently while the Cubs beat writer Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune was being interviewed by a host.

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Hendry Memoirs Would Be a Real Page Turner

By Chris Rewers on Friday, September 10, 2010

According to the Tribune's Paul Sullivan, a fake press release was inserted with the game day media notes in the Miller Park press box Friday describing a fictional book authored by Jim Hendry.

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Don't Trust Any Prospects Over 30

By Chris Rewers on Friday, August 6, 2010

It's been a foregone conclusion that the Cubs' season will end in Houston on Oct. 3 for some time, but there are plenty of reasons to follow the Cubs for their final 53 games of this season and to be optimistic about the 2011 season.

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Will Diamond Take Our Minds Off Cubs' Wrinkles?

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Cubs announced Saturday that Thomas Diamond was purchased from Triple A Iowa and added to the team's 40-man roster. He will replace the departed Ted Lilly in the starting rotation.

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Around and Around We'll Go

By Chris Rewers on Friday, July 23, 2010

The news that Lou Piniella will step down as Cubs manager following the season wasn't earth-shaking news.

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Lou Left In The Dark

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Cubs activated veteran left-handed reliever John Grabow and optioned right-hander Mitch Atkins to Triple-A Iowa prior to Tuesday's scheduled game against the Oakland Athletics at Wrigley Field.

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Has Wells Run Dry In Starting Rotation?

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Cubs announced before Saturday's game that they have recalled right-hander Mitch Atkins from Triple-A Iowa.

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Not Much Of A Shakeup

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I was excited when I saw this headline on the Chicago Breaking News Web site Tuesday night: "Cubs' shakeup: Fukudome moves up, Lee down."

Had Lou Piniella at long last moved Derrek Lee down to the six spot and Aramis Ramirez to the No. 7 hole?

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Rearranging Deck Chairs On The Titanic

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bullpen help may soon be on the way for the Cubs, Paul Sullivan writes in the Tribune.

Jason Frasor? Scott Downs? Luke Gregerson?

Not just yet.

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Bleacher Bum B.S.

By Beachwood Reporter on Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Marlon Byrd has become a fan favorite in his first few weeks as a Cub, and has been trading salaams with the bleacher bums before every game," Paul Sullivan writes in the Tribune.

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Big Z Punditry

By Beachwood Reporter on Thursday, April 22, 2010

From Wednesday night's Chicago Tribune Live:

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Sori Not Sorry

By Beachwood Reporter on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"Soriano was summoned into Piniella's office for a pre-game meeting," Paul Sullivan reports for the Tribune.

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Running Lessons Next For Soriano

By Beachwood Reporter on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"Another problem is the daily saga of Alfonso Soriano, who brought back the hop when catching fly balls that he said over the weekend he had ditched, and also stood at the plate admiring a long fly ball in the second inning," Paul Sullivan writes in the Tribune. "He wound up with a double but could've had a triple if he had run out of the box. Soriano wound up stranded at third."

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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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