Looking Ahead to the 2019 Cubs…

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As the Division Series in both leagues wind down, and with the Cubs watching from the outside, I suppose the most relevant Cubs thing we could do around here is to look to the future. The good news, I think, is that bounce backs are expected and reasonable, and the Continue reading Looking Ahead to the 2019 Cubs…

A Renewed Sense of Urgency

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And so, the night after the unthinkable happened, it has come to this… The Cubs are going home for the winter. With an optimist’s point of view, maybe it was best to give the players an extended rest after three consecutive seasons of deep playoff runs and an atrocious end-of-year Continue reading A Renewed Sense of Urgency

The Hunt for Blue October

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In October 2016, shortly after Rob Manfred took power, a juggernaut class baseball organization emerged on the coast of the Great Lakes. It then fell behind in a playoff series, apparently suffering from a 3-1 deficit. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the series was rescued. But according to repeated statements by Continue reading The Hunt for Blue October

What If?

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As the Cubs and Brewers find themselves tied for the NL Central lead with just one game to go, we think about all the “what ifs” throughout the season that could have avoided this scenario. It’s easy to blame this on a collapse of sorts, since all the Cubs had Continue reading What If?

Win and They’re In

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Look at that… The infield with the game winning selfie on #CubsSocial Media Night. @cubs up a game with three to play! #EverybodyIn #EveryBoteIn #elmago @javy23baez @DavidBote13 @benzobrist18 @ARizzo44 @BleacherNation @realcubsinsider pic.twitter.com/rVxUArEQV9 — MBDChicago (@MBDChicago) September 28, 2018 With their win on Thursday night, the Chicago Cubs now have played Continue reading Win and They’re In

The State of Baseball Address

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For as long as “pace of play” has permeated our baseball lexicon, there have been articles and jokes written about the subject and how Major League Baseball might not be focusing on the right factors in improving the fan experience. After all, it is the baseball fan who buys all Continue reading The State of Baseball Address

The Final Stretch

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Well well…remember what I said before the Cubs went off to Arizona? Right now, there is a 2.5 game NL Central lead with a magic number of 11. Just get to Thursday without anyone else getting hurt and with at least that lead intact, and I believe the Cubs are Continue reading The Final Stretch

That Elusive Off Day

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I realize that everything is terrible these days (whether we’re talking about the Chicago Cubs or real life), but I think the fact that the Cubs are still projected to make the playoffs is good news. I doubt the odds have changed much since the Sunday loss (they did win Continue reading That Elusive Off Day

The Remains of the Season

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Since the Cubs won their getaway game against the Milwaukee Brewers and have a four-game cushion in the NL Central before heading to Washington to battle the slightly torn down but still not that bad Nationals, I thought I’d update from the previous blog and check on the outlook as Continue reading The Remains of the Season

Never Tell Me the Odds!

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The job hunt is going along, but I sure would enjoy having a few more interviews and maybe even an offer or two. Anyway, life is no excuse for not updating this blog, so I thought I would at least talk about the odds… As of today (Tuesday 9/4), the Continue reading Never Tell Me the Odds!