Samardzija Update and Cubs/Cardinals

I won’t brag about every Jeff Samardzija accomplishment on Ivy Envy.  Let’s be clear, my man-crush is on Matt Murton.  But I have never owned any Cubs shirt/jersey with a name on the back and when Jeff Samardzija makes it to the Cubs and is issued a number, I will own one.  I almost feel like I should apologize to Ryne Sandberg for saying that. 

Jeff Samardzija took the hill in Oklahoma City against the Rangers Triple A Affiliate.  Samardzija earned a win, going over 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits.  He walked 3 and struck out 6.  He is now 2-1 with a 3.93 ERA with Iowa.  Samardzija was gifted Continue reading

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Ryne Sandberg Interview

Nothing ground-breaking here.  But it’s Ryne Sandberg. 

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Julio Franco Played More Years Than I Lived

I couldn’t helpbut notice that Julio Franco retired two days ago.  Kudos to him on a long and illustriouscareer.  He began his Major league career in 1982 with the Philadelphia Phillies.  Continue reading

April Hope

Dawson

April 1991: Pittsburgh

The bases were loaded, and Andre Dawson came up to bat in the top of the ninth.  The Cubs were down 3-0.  I rocked back and forth on the couch and watched anxiously as Dawson dug in. 

“Wouldn’t it be awsome if he hit a grand slam?” I mused aloud.  As soon as I said it, I realized I was falling into my typical routine of willing my woeful team to win.  Continue reading

1984

Ok, so I know that the title is actually also to the name of a book.. but I’m going with it anyway. You see, 1984 was the year I was born.. and those of you who know your Cubbie shtick, you know that the Cubs had an amazing ’84 season. Being born in the same year that they had that great of a year, I gotta admit.. I’m pretty dissapointed that my parents didn’t name me Ryne, Rick, Jody, Frey, or Leon. Seriously. They had a ridiculous amount of sweet names to go with.. and I get named after one of Jesus’ Disciples. Wtf. Continue reading

Corey and his Cubs

Like most kids that grow up in Illinois, I was introduced to the Cubs by a family member.  My earliest Cubs memory is my Grandpa coming over to our house on afternoons in the summer to watch the Cubs.  It was 1985 and I liked to see the Cubbies win, but I didn’t fully grasp what was going on.  The next year, I would race home from school in the spring, hoping to catch the last Ryne Sandberg or Leon Durham at bat.  Continue reading