Off Day Thinks & Videos

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Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs were defeated by the Boston Red Sox in the 2016 All-Star Game, which means that to clinch the World Series at home, the Cubs will have to beat the Red Sox (or the Cleveland Indians, maybe) in five games come October.  But we’re looking way too Continue reading Off Day Thinks & Videos

Notes From the Commish

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It’s the All-Star Break, and since the cream of the crop of Major League Baseball (at least the ones who aren’t hurt, didn’t pitch on Sunday, and didn’t flake out) is converged on one location, that meant that the media could corner MLB Commisioner Rob Manfred and MLB Players Association Continue reading Notes From the Commish

The Bright Side

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We know the Chicago Cubs have had a pretty good first half, and there are also encouraging signals that they’ll end up being okay, what with the playoff odds still being favorable and the players themselves being super-confident: “Just baseball, you know?” Lester said. “It’s baseball. We play 162 games Continue reading The Bright Side

Pretty Good First Half…What’s Next For The Cubs?

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The Chicago Cubs ended the “first half” with a record of 53-35, with a seven-game lead on the second-place St. Louis Cardinals after a much needed win against a resurgent Pittsburgh Pirates team.  The winning tally came off a Kris Bryant hit that scored a speeding Matt Szczur from second Continue reading Pretty Good First Half…What’s Next For The Cubs?

Life and Baseball

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It goes without saying that ever since the calendar turned to June, Chicago Cubs fans have been a bit antsy because the team simply hasn’t been playing all that well.  I told Ivy not to bother recapping the last week of disappointment because like manager Joe Maddon keeps telling his Continue reading Life and Baseball

The 2016 All-Stars

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The Chicago Cubs have been leading in All-Star voting for weeks now, and some folks even tried to write in David Ross.  There are all kinds of opinions about how this exhibition game should not determine World Series home field advantage (an opinion shared by Ben Zobrist), or that certain Continue reading The 2016 All-Stars

Never Get Too Optimistic: What Are The Cubs’ Weaknesses?

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(Editor’s note: we’ve already done a couple articles on the Cubs’ weaknesses, most recently this one from Andy, but it’s always good to have more opinions.) Trying to find weaknesses in the Chicago Cubs is baseball’s equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. With an inordinate amount of depth, Continue reading Never Get Too Optimistic: What Are The Cubs’ Weaknesses?

South Bend Cubs: Tip-A-Cub

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Earlier this week, South Bend area Cubs fans were treated to, what I consider to be, one of the best fundraisers of the year.  At two local Applebee’s restaurants, SB Cubs players worked as servers and hosts and all tips accrued during their two hour “shift” were donated to Memorial Continue reading South Bend Cubs: Tip-A-Cub

Making Fun Out of Nothing At All

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Bad games happen, and yeah, for the Chicago Cubs, it’s happened a lot more than we’d like in this recent stretch.  But as the first 81 games are done, the Cubs are still OK record-wise, and will work to address the issues that we’ve observed during their prolonged slump.  Since Continue reading Making Fun Out of Nothing At All

Ivy’s Roundup — The First Half Ends

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It’s been a trying month of June (where the Chicago Cubs actually were above .500 if you could believe that) and we’ve had to put out a series of almost unnecessary blogs out there to keep the faithful from burning this MFer down.  Yes, the Cubs are sub-optimal in one-run Continue reading Ivy’s Roundup — The First Half Ends