Ivy’s Roundup: Forgive me Fathers, for Cubs didn’t win…

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I guess this is the first time in a while that Chicago Cubs fans have actually been legitimately disappointed that the team couldn’t win a series, because the team is actually getting good and watchable again.  But every growing team has its missteps, and we only hope that the players Continue reading Ivy’s Roundup: Forgive me Fathers, for Cubs didn’t win…

Pre-Cactus League Opener Cubs Thoughts

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The Chicago Cubs open the Cactus League exhibition season with split-squad action against the Bay Area teams.  While we’re waiting, the scribes of Chicago sports media are working tirelessly to give us random bits of news. On James Shields and Joe Maddon I guess Patrick Mooney was hanging around the Continue reading Pre-Cactus League Opener Cubs Thoughts

Cubs were prudently cheap

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As you know by now, the Chicago Cubs did not win the services of James Shields, who according to Jon Heyman received a four-year guarantee of $75MM, with a club option for a fifth year from the San Diego Padres.  I’m sure it’s disappointing for some, but hey, now we’ll have Continue reading Cubs were prudently cheap

Cubs fans won’t get to kill the Shields puns in 2015

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Awww shucks, I guess our flight of fancy about James Shields in Cubs pinstripes was just that after all… Via @ScottMillerBbl and @JoeFrisaro, #Padres‘ talks for Shields gaining momentum; Padres considered the favorites: http://t.co/QIG0UHVC3G — MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) February 7, 2015 And the almost officially official news:   Shields Continue reading Cubs fans won’t get to kill the Shields puns in 2015

Shields Fluctuating, Captain

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Catching you up on some James Shields news, after about a month of pondering and some fantasizing during the Super Bowl… IT BEGINS #MysteryTeam #Cubs MT @jonmorosi Sources: James Shields has multiple offers in hand, expected to sign by end of week — WorldSeriesDreaming (@WSDreaming_Cubs) February 4, 2015 So the Continue reading Shields Fluctuating, Captain

Still-Developing Cubs Storylines

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Today is Groundhog Day, which is a good time to stay in on an unexpected (well, the weather guys expected it but I didn’t, really) snow day and watch a classic comedy.  Especially since the stupid groundhog predicted another six weeks of winter.  That groundhog has to be stopped.  Thankfully, Continue reading Still-Developing Cubs Storylines

Pre-Super Bowl Thinks

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It’s 4 in the morning as I wait out this “camping” excursion with the Cub Scouts. We’re in a cabin rather than freezing in tents outside, but given the snowmageddon hitting us now I guess the cabin wasn’t such a horrible idea, ho ho ho. After waking up to use Continue reading Pre-Super Bowl Thinks

Hypothetically…

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Let’s set up a disclaimer first.  For one, I am not saying that the Chicago Cubs absolutely need another pitcher; I’m just saying it would be nice to have another guy in the mix so that they don’t have to rely on Tsuyoshi Wada (or whoever) as the #5 starter. Continue reading Hypothetically…

Jacob Turner Could Be Key to 2015 Season

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Way back in 2013, the Cubs acquired a pitcher who had not performed to his ability, hoping a change of scenery would help him meet, or get close to, that potential.  That pitcher was Jake Arrieta.  The early returns on Arrieta have been positive.  He had a dominant 2014, carrying Continue reading Jacob Turner Could Be Key to 2015 Season

Raise Shields, Captain?

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There was a scene in Star Trek VI (spoilers ahead), right after the conspirators had fired upon the Klingon Chancellor’s ship, that Commander Chekov asked Captain Kirk whether he should raise the Enterprise’s shields.  Kirk didn’t actually end up raising the shields, and at this point you should probably just Continue reading Raise Shields, Captain?