South Bend Cubs: Top prospects part tres


At the beginning of the season, I shared with WSD readers that three of the Chicago Cubs organization’s top 30 prospects were starting the year in South Bend. In this post I talked a bit about Jake Stinnett (#11) and Continue reading

Tradition is Just Stuff You’re Used To

Photo by Nick Ulivieri

I was used to Wrigley Field not having video replay boards. I was used to a game schedule with many more day games than night games. I was used to the fact that the National League doesn’t have a designated Continue reading

Stuff You Can Do On Memorial Day

The Graves at Normandy, from

This is Memorial Day weekend.  While we will mostly be using this as a day off to recharge the batteries before the end of school and the summer vacation season, it’s also a time to remember all those who gave Continue reading

So, how ’bout Kyle Hendricks?

Kyle Hendricks, complete game shutout master.

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

When thinking about the Chicago Cubs’ starting rotation – in particular, the most durable, longest-lasting starters, one generally thinks about the two at the top. Jon Lester, the staff ace. Jake Arrieta, one of the best in all of baseball over Continue reading

Dreamcast 49 (not 48): Rice is an Idiot


Alright, so I failed hard there because I forgot to put Episode 48 (see here) in the “Podcast” category, and mistakenly thought we were on 48 instead of 49. That’s pretty much Carlos Marmol, I guess, in that vintage Marmol Continue reading

Minor League Recap: Wada Return and La Stella’s Setback

Photo: Bryan Lynn, Chicago Tribune

On the minor league rehab trail, it’s been tough sledding for some Cubs.  Tommy La Stella has been put back on the shelf after aggravating an injury with Tennessee.  Dallas Beeler has been optioned to Iowa after struggling during his Continue reading

Welcome to Rickettsville


Tom Ricketts, owner of the Chicago Cubs, today purchased three more Sheffield Rooftop businesses bringing his total to six that line that street; he also has a financial interest in a seventh. He now fully owns all but three Wrigleyville Continue reading

Keeping Things In Perspective On A Day Off

Still got it!

(AP Photo/David Banks)

Anno wrote about the standings Saturday morning before heading to the ballpark to see yet another victory.  The winning streak stopped at six as a combination of poor luck and bad umpiring didn’t allow the Chicago Cubs to score at Continue reading

Answer to Lester’s Pick Off Problems Could Be Welington Castillo

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The book on Jon Lester has been written.  He hates throwing to first base.  Because of that, teams are more aggressive in their leads and they are much more willing to attempt steals against him.  Already this season Lester has Continue reading

What Does it Mean?


Ladies and Gentleman of Chicago Cubs nation, your beloved North Siders are riding high on a five game winning streak, and are currently back at their high water point of the season being five games over the .500 mark. They Continue reading