Cubs Marketing Department Playing with Fire

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, May 1, 2011

Maybe, it's the way the Bud Light Bleachers have been marketed over the last three decades.

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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. 5, Mr. Cub's 500th Homer

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, February 10, 2011

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

Radio talk show host Dennis Prager often tells his listeners that "happy people make the world better" so therefore "we have a moral obligation to act as happy as possible."

Ernie Banks - who turned 80 on Jan. 31 - played on some awful Cubs teams for much of his career, endured some nagging injuries, at least one death threat, and many of the difficulties that no doubt were presented to him as one of a group of pioneering black major league players. But throughout his career and since his retirement, Mr. Cub has continued to smile.

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Greatest Moments: No. 12, Holtzman's No-Strikeout No-Hitter

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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

Whenever I watch footage of Ken Holtzman's no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field on Aug. 19, 1969, I am struck by the smiles on the faces of the Cubs players as they mobbed Holtzman after the final out.

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Greatest Moments: No. 24, Victory Blows the Cubs' Way

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, January 1, 2011

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

During the summer of 1977, I was 7 years old and without a care in the world. It seemed like it lasted for years. Our family had a swimming pool installed in our backyard, I was completing my first year of T-ball with the Sluggers of the Wrightwood Baseball Association , and my parents took me to see Star Wars. Activities included managing my growing baseball card collection and clipping and pasting the scrapbook pictures of Cubs players that the Tribune provided that summer. Those were the days!

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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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Greatest Moments, No. 27: What A Relief

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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

The Cubs didn't provide their fans with much to cheer about for much of the 1960s, but an extraordinary effort by starting pitcher Bob Buhl and three relievers on May 23, 1965 was one of those rare occasions as the North Siders fell behind early but rallied for a thrilling 3-2 victory over the eventual world champion Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field.

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Rest in Peace, Ronnie

By Chris Rewers on Friday, December 3, 2010

Life has thrown me more than a fair share of curveballs, but throughout my many trials and tribulations, I have tried my best to maintain my optimism and to reflect on my many blessings.

And I could not have a better role model in regards to having a sunny disposition in the face of adversity than former Cubs star and longtime radio broadcaster Ron Santo.

It was very sad to learn Friday morning that Santo, the greatest third baseman in Cubs history, had died at age 70 from complications of bladder cancer.

Santo was one of my father's favorite ballplayers and I was very familiar with the nine-time All-Star's playing exploits long before he joined the Cubs broadcast team in 1990. Say what you will about Santo's on-air style ("Who's this guy pitching, Pat?"), but understand that listening to a Cubs game on the radio will never be the same.

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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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1998: Brant Brown's Error

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Memories are made of moments.

As great as Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg was - a consistently good hitter and spectacular fielder - during his 15-year Cubs career, he will always be remembered by most Cubs fans old enough to remember for his exploits on a single afternoon. On June 23, 1984 at Wrigley Field, Sandberg hit game-tying home runs off Cardinals relief ace Bruce Sutter in the ninth and 10th innings of a game that the Cubs eventually won. It has become known as the "Sandberg Game."

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Cubs 8, Astros 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, October 2, 2010

Hero: Carlos Zambrano (11-6) allowed three runs - two earned - on three hits over 6 1/3 innings while striking out five and walking three. Zambrano won his final eight decisions and posted a 1.24 ERA in his last 10 starts.

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1965: Koufax's Perfect Game

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Cubs have now played 7,162 games since they were last no-hit - the longest such streak among the 20 major league teams that were in existence at that time. On Sept. 9, 1965, Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax pitched his fourth career no-hitter and made it a perfect game, retiring all 27 Cubs he faced in the Dodgers' 1-0 victory at Dodger Stadium.

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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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Holtzman No-Hitter Was High Point of '69

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 21, 2010

Whenever I watch footage of Ken Holtzman's no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field on Aug. 19, 1969, I am struck by the smiles on the faces of the Cubs players as they mobbed Holtzman after the final out.

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Cubs 15, Brewers 3

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hero: Geovany Soto went 3-for-5, scored three times, and knocked in five. Soto hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off former Cubs right-hander LaTroy Hawkins.

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1968: A Prelude to Heartbreak

By Chris Rewers on Monday, July 26, 2010

When the Cubs opened the second half by winning three of four against the Philadelphia Phillies, I was guilty of dreaming of a miracle stretch run. But after Sunday night's extra-inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, the reality that the Cubs won't contend in 2010 is beginning to sink in.

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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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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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How To Boost Attendance At Wrigley

By Beachwood Reporter on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Attendance Down Sharply At Wrigley," the Tribune reports.

We have some suggestions.

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