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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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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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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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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1989: Boys of Zimmer Clinch

By Chris Rewers on Friday, October 8, 2010

The 2007 Cubs Convention at the Hilton Chicago featured a panel discussion of the 1989 NL East champion Cubs. The panel consisted of seven members of that team: Mike Bielecki, Doug Dascenzo, Mark Grace, Les Lancaster, Ryne Sandberg, Dwight Smith, and Jerome Walton. The quote that sticks with me from that discussion came from Grace.

"1989 was my favorite year in a Cubs uniform," said Grace, who that year as a 25-year-old led the team in RBI, played first base superbly, and went an incredible 11-for-17 with five extra-base hits in the North Siders' disappointing loss to the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series.

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1989: Dawson's Dash

By Chris Rewers on Friday, September 24, 2010

The Cubs entered September of 1989 in first place, but I was still feeling insecure. I was hopeful that the North Siders could win the National League East but had a lingering feeling in the back of my mind that they would somehow blow it.

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Dallas Green's Snafu

By Chris Rewers on Friday, August 20, 2010

This week's snafu in which the Cubs mistakenly recalled an ineligible Micah Hoffpauir from Triple-A Iowa brings to mind a front office mistake that could have cost the North Siders their National League East championship in 1984.

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Sutcliffe Telling It Like It Isn't

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rick Sutcliffe, who was the analyst on ESPN's telecast of Wednesday's Dodgers-Rockies game, far too often goes overboard in trying to suck up to his favorite players and managers.

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Memories of 8-8-88

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, August 8, 2010

The 1984 Cubs ushered in the "yuppie era" at Wrigley Field. Seemingly overnight, the ballpark transformed from a slowly decaying, outdated, quirky facility to a 40,000-seat singles bar, a tourist attraction, and a baseball shrine. Harry Caray went from being an old, washed-up White Sox announcer to the hip grandfatherly Cub Fan, Bud Man. The bars that surrounded the park changed from quaint family-owned dives with juke boxes to corporate-owned establishments with dee jays. In the old days, the surrounding rooftops were usually empty and only occasionally would someone be seen watching the game from an across-the-street perch. After Ryno, Jody, The Sarge, and The Penguin, the rooftops became Big Business.

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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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Dodgers 7, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, July 11, 2010

Hero: Ryan Theriot went 2-for-4 and accounted for half of the Cubs' hit total.

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Cubs Blew Second Chance With Moyer

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, May 8, 2010

When 47-year-old Philadelphia left-hander Jamie Moyer pitched a two-hit, complete-game shutout in the Phillies' 7-0 victory over Atlanta on Friday, he became the oldest hurler in major league history to pitch a complete-game shutout. It was Moyer's 234th major league victory since the Cubs traded him to the Texas Rangers on Dec. 5, 1988.

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About The Editor

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, April 3, 2010

My name is Chris ... and I'm a Cubs fan.

I was a rambunctious baby, but according to my father, the easiest way to keep me quiet and still was to sit me in front of a Cubs game on TV. The voice of Jack Brickhouse apparently had a hypnotic affect on me, and for better or worse, I've been hooked on Cubs baseball ever since.

I was born and raised on the South Side and can remember being made fun of by the other kids on my way to and from school because I was wearing my Cubs jacket or Cubs cap. Sox fans, even at a young age, are an intolerant bunch.

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Sincerely, JCB

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