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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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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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. 16, The Game is Never Over

By Chris Rewers on Friday, January 14, 2011

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

The Cubs were in first place entering play on Aug. 29, 1989, but their grip on first place wasn't exactly secure.

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Cubs Make Right Call with Quade

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry made the right call Tuesday in announcing that Mike Quade would manage the team in 2011.

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1989: Big First Inning Helps Cubs Top Giants

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I was in a sour mood when I woke up on the morning of Oct. 5, 1989. I was still in distress over the Cubs' 11-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants the previous night in the opening game of the National League Championship Series. Coal gray skies and a steady rain did not help my frame of mind.

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1984: Trout Pushes Padres to Brink

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, October 12, 2010

While I was sitting in my freshman year world history class on the morning of Oct. 3, 1984 - while my teacher, Mr. Kelly, discussed the Hammurabi Code - my mind far too easily wandered from the subject matter ("an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth") to how I would be spending my afternoon.

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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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1984: A Memorable Night in Pittsburgh

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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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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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Quade Making Quite a Statement

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ryan Dempster's endorsement Tuesday of Mike Quade for the Cubs managerial job in 2011 is the final event in a long series of developments that has convinced me that Quade is the right man for the job.

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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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Building a Winner is Not a Zero-Sum Game

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Much of the debate regarding how the Cubs should go about building a winner has centered on whether the team should "play the kids" or pursue a quicker fix.

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The Boys of Zimmer

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, August 29, 2010

For those of you wishing to relive some happier times and for younger fans who weren't around for the ride, I recommend "The Boys of Zimmer: The Story of the 1989 Cubs."

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The Game Is Never Over

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Cubs were in first place entering play on Aug. 29, 1989, but I was feeling uneasy.

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Where Have You Gone, Jeff Samardzija?

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 28, 2010

How do you know that you're in a room with somebody who went to Notre Dame?

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End of the Road for Uncle Lou

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Cubs announced that Lou Piniella will step down following Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves because of family reasons.

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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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