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Cubs to wear gold-trimmed jerseys to celebrate World Series win

The Chicago Cubs on Friday provided a glimpse of the special jerseys the team will wear for its first series of the 2017 MLB season to commemorate their World Series victory last fall. The Cubs official Twitter account teased images of the unis, which feature gold stitching and lettering. Gold trim will also be featured on the team’s cap. As noted the tweet, the special-edition...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Lester-Contreras relationship crucial to Cubs success

Last season, Chicago Cubs starter Jon Lester knew that David Ross would be behind the plate for him each start. Now it’ll be Willson Contreras’s turn to be Lester’s “security blanket”. Last year, Jon Lester finished with a 19-4 record, a 2.44 ERA, and was second in NL Cy Young voting.  He was the undoubted linchpin […] Chicago Cubs: Lester-Contreras relationship crucial...
Via Cubbies Crib
29 minutes ago

Gilty as Charged: Cubs to Rock Gold Uniforms for First Two Home Games

The Cubs will be wearing gold-trimmed jerseys and hats for the first two homes games of the season, the team announced Friday afternoon. As you no doubt already know, those are the games prior to which the team will be raising the World Series banner and handing out the championship rings. Yes, the Cubs won the World Series. People forget that. Leave it to the inimitable Randall...
Via Cubs Insider
1 hour ago

T-shirt reminds Cubs of Heyward speech

On some of Joe Maddon's new T-shirts this year there's a simple image of an umbrella with a couple of raindrops over "8-7." Cubs fans know that's the score from Game 7 of the World Series. The umbrella is a reminder of the 17-minute rain delay when Jason Heyward gave the players a pep talk that helped propel the Cubs to victory.
Via Cubs.com
1 hour ago

Chicago Cubs: Team USA would have benefited from Cubs’ stars

Star players from the Chicago Cubs could have taken the World Baseball Classic and Team USA to a completely different level. Is it socially acceptable to critique something that recently achieved great success? Wednesday night, Team USA won the World Baseball Classic, defeating Puerto Rico handily 8-0. The title is the Americans’ first in four tries, […] Chicago Cubs: Team USA...
Via Cubbies Crib
2 hours ago

Cubs Quick Hits: Cubs RF Depth Ranks 6th Best

We’ll soon see the results of Jason Heyward’s reconstructed swing against better competition, but at least the Cubs have depth in case disaster strikes. Despite Heyward’s offensive concerns, the Cubs’ right field core ranks 6th in FanGraphs’ latest power rankings, behind the Dodgers, Pirates, Marlins, Nationals, and Red Sox. A safety net webbed by Ben Zobrist, Albert Almora...
Via Cubs Insider
3 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein named World’s Greatest Leader

As if Theo Epstein needs anything else to brag about, the Chicago Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations was named the World’s Greatest Leader by Fortune Magazine. The reason: Chicago united America in a time of its worst division. Tom Verducci, senior baseball writer at Sports Illustrated, penned the Fortune article explaining why the Cubs’ year […] Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein...
Via Cubbies Crib
4 hours ago

Chicago Cubs Lineup: La Stella Batting La Leadoff, Almora and Jay Both in OF

Tommy La Stella will have a few more opportunities in the ongoing battle for the 25th roster spot as he leads off for the Cubs in a World Series rematch against the Indians at Sloan Park. It’s largely a backup squad for the home team, with Albert Almora Jr holding down the two-hole and Miguel Montero (5), Munenori Kawasaki (7), and Jon Jay (9) also in the lineup. John Lackey, the...
Via Cubs Insider
5 hours ago

Watch Jake Arrieta Hit the Longest Home Run by a Pitcher in MLB History

As if helping to bring the Chicago Cubs their first championship in over 100 years wasn't enough, pitcher Jake Arrieta is now hitting dingers halfway to the moon, just to show off. In a spring training matchup with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arrieta teed off on Zack Grienke—you know, the dude who once won the Cy Young—and hit the baseball an estimated 465 feet. That's incredibly...
Via Stack
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cactus Catchup: Schwarber, Cuts, and a Starting Rotation

Putting in Work Kyle Schwarber flashed some versatility at the plate on Wednesday. He led off the game with a bunt single and hit a two-run shot later in the game. While it remains to be seen how often we should expect to see the former from Schwarber throughout the season, it just goes to […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta expects Cubs to have the best rotation in baseball

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Jake Arrieta is a Cy Young Award winner who won't get the Opening Night assignment. John Lackey is a No. 3 starter
Via CSN Chicago
15 hours ago

Cubs president Theo Epstein, world's greatest leader? 'The pope didn't have as good of a year'

Theo Epstein simply wanted to deflect the credit on being named the "world's greatest leader" by Fortune magazine. But the man in charge of the Cubs is for real.
Via CSN Chicago
18 hours ago

Arrieta talks about Cubs' pitching depth

Jake Arrieta talks about the Cubs' pitching depth.
Via CSN Chicago
19 hours ago

Jake Arrieta crushed a home run off Zack Greinke

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, unlike many others that play his position, is no easy out.Arrieta recorded a career-high 17 hits last season, with two home runs as well. It didn’t take him long to hit one this year, either, even though it was in an exhibition game.The Cubs squared off against the Diamondbacks in a Grapefruit League game on Thursday, and Arrieta took a pitch from Zack...
Via The Sports Daily
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Candelario among six sent down by Cubs

The Cubs released pitcher Jim Henderson on Thursday, and optioned Jake Buchanan, Alec Mills and Jeimer Candelario to Triple-A Iowa. Williams Perez, Dylan Floro and David Rollins also were assigned to Minor League camp, trimming the number of players in camp to 36.
Via Cubs.com
21 hours ago

Theo Epstein has great response to being named greatest leader

Fortune magazine named Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein the World’s Greatest Leader in its annual list, and the man himself had a rather incredulous response.Epstein finished ahead of the likes of Pope Francis in landing the honor, but he made it quite clear that he felt extremely undeserving.“Um, I can’t even get my dog to stop peeing in the house,” Epstein told ESPN’s...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Some Cubs Fans Feeling the Cold Shoulder

There she is. The single greatest moment of our sports lives! The Chicago Cubs accomplished the impossible. They actually won the World Series! They needed 108 years to do so, but they have given the fans everything they ever wanted to see. However, that is where the good vibes stop. The cost of a winning franchise unfortunately comes at the expense of the fans who have to pay more...
Via World Series Dreaming
2 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ross memoir, Cubs World Series win being developed as a movie

David Ross is taking his retirement tour and World Series afterglow as far as he can. It’s difficult to blame a guy for taking a victory lap, even if it’s gone longer than even the most diehard fans might tolerate.Monday night, the former catcher made his debut on Dancing with the Stars, with his Quick Step routine scoring a respectable 7 from each of the four judges for a total...
Via Awful Announcing
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Records: Cubs victory cost Chicago $18.8 million in overtime

CHICAGO (AP) Records show Chicago spent $18.8 million in worker overtime during the Cubs' World Series title run. The Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/2n1hpv1 ) obtained the records through a public records request. The paperwork shows the city spent the money on public safety, traffic management and street cleanup. The Chicago Cubs won the championship after a 108-year drought...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs fans make the cutest baby announcement using World Series trophies

Here is the cutest thing you will see all day. John Lackinger and his wife Vanessa are hardcore baseball fans. And what better way to announce a new baby into the world than with a World Series trophy? Well, that’s what this Chicago couple did. The duo originally wanted to go with a Disney-themed baby reveal. That was until Lackinger’s father-in-law called saying he had won tickets...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Chicago Cubs be favored to repeat as World Series champions?

The Chicago Cubs came back from a 3-1 World Series deficit to defeat the Cleveland Indians and win their first title since 1908. The team showed a lot of fight and determination in pulling off the dramatic comeback, which a lot of teams would not have been able to muster. But that’s not even the trait that other MLB teams should be worrying about heading into 2017. The scariest...
Via The Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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