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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Cool Threads

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Los Angeles Dodgers are sporting replicas of the powder blue satin 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers alternate uniforms for all of their weekday afternoon home games this season.

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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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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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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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Greatest Moments: No. 9, Scratching a 39-Year Itch

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, January 23, 2011

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

When a Jody Davis sacrifice fly in the ninth inning finished off a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field on Aug. 1, 1984, the Cubs moved into first place to stay. But even by the time the North Siders had fattened their NL East lead to seven games over the second-place New York Mets in early September, I still was waiting for bad things to happen.

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Greatest Moments, No. 10: Willie Smith's Home Run

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, January 22, 2011

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

Cubs fans entered the 1969 season with high expectations and those sentiments were echoed by manager Leo Durocher during spring training.

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Greatest Moments: No. 11, Almost Perfect

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, January 20, 2011

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

It was perhaps the most bittersweet no-hitter in major league history.

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Greatest Moments: No. 14, Don Cardwell's Amazing Cubs Debut

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, January 16, 2011

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

When newly-acquired pitcher Don Cardwell arrived at Wrigley Field on May 15, 1960 he was still toting a Philadelphia Phillies gym bag.

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Greatest Moments: No. 17, Big Z's Neutral Site No-Hitter

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, January 13, 2011

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

It seems so long ago, but it's only been a little over two years since the Cubs, with the best record in the National League, clinched their second straight Central Division title with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 20, 2008. My confidence in the Cubs was never - before or since - as high as it was in '08. And the highlight of that magical regular season came on Sept. 14 when Carlos Zambrano pitched the first Cubs no-hitter in over 36 years.

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Greatest Moments: No. 19, Overpowering the Big Red Machine

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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

My love affair with the Cubs blossomed during the summer of 1977 and it was a wild 16-15 victory over the two-time defending world champion Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on July 28 that sealed the deal.

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Greatest Moments, No. 23: Cavarretta's 'Greatest Day in Baseball'

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, January 2, 2011

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

Poor Phil Cavarretta.

On July 22, 1951, Cavarretta, the pride of Lane Tech High School, was rewarded for his 18 outstanding years of service with the Cubs when owner Philip K. Wrigley named him player-manager.

Thanks a lot, Mr. Wrigley.

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Greatest Moments, No. 26: Hooton's No-Hitter

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, December 30, 2010

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

Just 9,583 hearty souls ventured to Wrigley Field on a cool drizzly Sunday afternoon to watch the Cubs host the Philadelphia Phillies on April 16, 1972 in the second game of the season. They were rewarded for their dedication with an unforgettable day as Burt Hooton pitched a no-hitter in the North Siders' 4-0 triumph.

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A Salute to Phil Cavarretta

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, December 19, 2010

I would guess that I am not the only Chicago boy who, while attending a game at Wrigley Field, has imagined what it would be like to play for the Cubs.

Phil Cavarretta, who grew up not far from the Friendly Confines and attended Lane Tech High School, was fortunate enough to live that dream.

Cavarretta, who put together a terrific 20-year career with the Cubs from 1934-53, died Saturday in Lilburn, Ga. at age 94.

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100 Worst: No. 91 Kyle Farnsworth

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pitcher, 1999-2004

22-37, 4 saves, 4.78 ERA with Cubs

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

Tim Robbins played Eby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh in the 1988 movie, Bull Durham. Nuke was a young pitching phenom who was described by his catcher Crash Davis as a prospect who possessed "a million-dollar arm and a five-cent" head.

I always considered Crash's description of Nuke an apt one for Kyle Farnsworth, a young flamethrower who teased Cubs fans with his blazing heat and some fleeting success but failed to fulfill his promise because of a lack of commitment to his career.

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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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100 Worst: No. 94 Jerry Martin

By Chris Rewers on Monday, November 15, 2010

Outfielder, 1979-80

.250 BA, 42 HR, 146 RBI with Cubs

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

I remember watching the news on Feb. 23, 1979 when Johnny Morris led his sports report with the news that the Cubs had traded Manny Trillo, Greg Gross, and Dave Rader to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Jerry Martin, Barry Foote, and Ted Sizemore. I stopped whatever I was doing and stood in our family room in stunned silence. I was only an 8-year-old third grader, but I knew it was a rotten deal for the Cubs.

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100 Worst: No. 95 Amaury Telemaco

By Chris Rewers on Friday, November 12, 2010

Pitcher, 1996-98

6-11, 5.36 ERA with Cubs

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

"When the ball hits the street after flying 500 feet, that's Amaury!" is what my friends and I used to sing whenever Amaury Telemaco would pitch for the 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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Sincerely, JCB

I founded Agony & Ivy about five years ago for two reasons. First...

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