Peter Gammons plays the guitar?

It’s the 100th anniversary of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” and ESPN had a battle of the bands contest to celebrate. It’s not specifically a tribute to Harry, but there is a good video of him singing on what seems to be Cubs umberella-ella-ella-a giveaway day. I wouldn’t normally promote a contest put on by the boys in Bristol, but this one is already over. The final three were Ozomatli, Punch Brothers and everyone’s favorite redneck woman, Gretchen Wilson.

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Is Miller Park REALLY an Away Game?

I believe I have written before that the idea that “This series is important” or “This game is important” is kind of a silly notion.  There are 162 games and though the idea is to just win series’, there are numerous opportunities to make up lost ground.  That said…this series is important.

I don’t think it’s terribly important numbers-wise, although the Cubs and Brewers were close enough last year for it to scare me.  If a few games would have gone the other way, the Cubs wouldn’t have enjoyed getting destroyed by the Arizona in the playoffs.  This series feels important because it has the potential to be a momentum-builder, especially for the Cubs.  I would think it would be kind of deflating for the Brewers Continue reading

Thank you Dish Network and WGN superstation.

Thanks for asking me to contribute. Post #1. My life as a Cubs fan.

My introduction to Cubbie fandom is probably a bit less traditional than most. I didn’t come from a lineage of Cubs fans that dates to their start as the White Stockings. I haven’t suffered long. My father was a football and basketball guy who lived to hate the Hawkeyes and loved the Bulls and my farm-raised grandfather had difficulty understanding “why these guys got paid to play baseball”.

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Kerry Wood’s Nintendo Finger

My friend James pointed out that we haven’t really talked about Kerry Wood’s blister issue much yet.  Many Cubs fans are wondering how it is possible that he has been sidelined with this blister since June 11th.  In my opinion, there have to be factors other than baseball involved.  Continue reading

Choose your weapon

Ever since the All-Star break, it seems that we never know which bat the Cubs hitters will swing on a particular day.  Too often it has been the ice bat, and quality starts are being wasted. Continue reading

Samardzija Says He’s a Cub

Len and Bob have mentioned multiple times tonight that Jeff Samardzija may be called up the Cubs since Kerry Wood was placed on the disabled list.  They stated the decision of who the Cubs decided to call up would be announced after the game tonight. 

This was posted on Jeff Samardzija’s blog:

7/24/08
This is what you dream of as a kid.
I’ll see you in Chicago.

If this is true, it happened much sooner than I expected.  He has posted a 4-1 record with a 3.13 ERA in his short stint in Iowa and has apparently earned himself what will probably be an extended weekend in Chicago.  I never imagined I would see a Notre Dame football player in a Cubs uniform.  Samardzija has brought together Continue reading

We’re Cubs Fans, We Panic

Things haven’t been so great since the All-Star Break.  The Cubs have lost three games in a row and are in danger of being swept by the Astros.  Usually when Zambrano takes the hill, he is the losing streak-buster.  But when the only run the team scores is your own solo homerun, it’s tough to the win. 

I can’t comment much on the last two games.  Both nights, we have had friends that we haven’t seen in a while over to our outdoor bar.  The game has been on, but I haven’t paid attention to these last two games as closely as I normally do.  All I know is that Continue reading

Break Over… Let’s Get Back to Work

Tomorrow night we embark on the 2nd half, and it looks like Ted Lilly will get a chance to make up for his last start in which he allowed 4 ER and only lasted 2.2 innings.  I am excited for the rest of this season.  Seeing the Cubs pitchers do well against the best of the AL in the All-Star Game was encouraging. Continue reading

Where The Cubs Stand Right Now

So here we are, halfway through the season.  Actually, the Cubs have played 95 games, so they are closer to 60% of the way through the season.  They sit 4.5 games ahead of the Cardinals and 5 games ahead of the Brewers.  So, at this point, it’s a 67 game season and the Cubs are spotted 4.5 games.  So what are the odds they take the division?  How safe do you feel with that lead?  I feel nervously confident.  I have a feeling that defines how most Cubs fans feel right now. 

Let’s look past all the history of failure and heartbreak, though.  Let’s set that all aside and pretend that we root for a normal baseball team.  One without jinxes or curses swirling around.  According to Baseball Prospectus, the Cubs have a 80% chance of winning the division and a 92% chance of going to the playoffs.  Am I that negative and pessimistic that 92% concerns me?  I mean, the Cubs Continue reading

No Rest for Marmol

I have been saving a post for my All-Star Game opinions until the break.  I had planned on discussing why I thought it was ridiculous that the Cubs have eight All-Stars and a few players, specifically Fukudome, probably did not deserve the trip to Yankee Stadium.  But I’ve read enough columns, message boards and blogs touching on this subject that I’m not going to go there in great detail. 

Blogging is somewhat new to me and that was one example that has shown me in the world of blogging that there is no time to sit on information or an opinion.  Chances are that 400 people are thinking the same thing and if they beat you to the punch, you don’t look very original. 

But as far as the All-Star game goes, this event is more than just an exhibition game.  It now determines the home-field advantage for the World Series.  As a Cubs fan, I’ve never really cared too much about home-field advantage because the World Series never seemed very attainable.  This year, I care.  I want the best players in the National League Continue reading