The Mystery of the Mediocre Cubs, By Robert “B.C.” Carlson

Long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans were finally granted a reprieve in 2016. The Cubs’ World Series victory — considered by many baseball watchers as one of the greatest World Series ever played — was the sweetest gift that the beautiful but troubled City of Big Shoulders could have received last year. As a life-long Cubs . . . → Read More: The Mystery of the Mediocre Cubs, By Robert “B.C.” Carlson

The 2016 World Series Started in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

On the occasion of the San Francisco Giants’ annual visit to Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the following regarding their victory in San Francisco last year in the National League Division Series:

“I’m telling you, man, Game 4 pretty much won the World Series. I did not want to see Mr. . . . → Read More: The 2016 World Series Started in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

Mea Culpa, Chicago Cubs Pepsi Man, by Tom Fredrickson

Last Friday, I watched a bit of the Cubs victory celebration in Chicago. I’m not really a parade person, but seeing it I wished I was there. City says 5 MILLION turned out. I admit I got a little misty seeing the throngs in my various old haunts: Wrigley, LSD, the Boul Mich, Grant . . . → Read More: Mea Culpa, Chicago Cubs Pepsi Man, by Tom Fredrickson

The Chicago Cubs Are World Series Champions, by Chuck Strom

No, the title is not a misprint. In fact, this post is mostly an excuse to write that line, which has been so long in coming.

One person with extra motivation to be happy today is Aroldis Chapman, who escaped by the narrowest of margins the fate of becoming the latest victim of the . . . → Read More: The Chicago Cubs Are World Series Champions, by Chuck Strom

It’s Happened: Next Year is Here, by Chuck Strom

Who would have thought that Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw would show up to Game 6 of the National League Championship Series without his curveball? It didn’t take long for the Chicago Cubs to figure out that he couldn’t throw it for strikes, and they wasted little time in taking advantage, running up . . . → Read More: It’s Happened: Next Year is Here, by Chuck Strom

A Giant Collapse, And The Cubs Move On, by Chuck Strom

Buster Posey, 1st inning

The ninth inning of last night’s Game 4 of the recently concluded series between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs was as brutal a finish to a game as I’ve ever witnessed. Five Giant relief pitchers combined to cough up four runs and render what had been . . . → Read More: A Giant Collapse, And The Cubs Move On, by Chuck Strom

The October Giants are Back, by Chuck Strom

Madison Bumgarner

It’s a good thing I don’t make my living as a prophet.

I expected last night’s Giants/Mets game to go something like this: Madison Bumgarner would give up a run or two early, as he often does when settling into a game, and that would have been the difference as Noah Syndergaard . . . → Read More: The October Giants are Back, by Chuck Strom

Jelly of the Month Club – Cubs Cubs Cubs

One of my sources tells me that Cub mania is heating up in Chi-town, “I’m seeing a lot more Cub attire these days, just like when the Hawks started their great run of success I saw sooooo many new Hawk fans. This town will explode if the Cubs win the WS. The other day . . . → Read More: Jelly of the Month Club – Cubs Cubs Cubs

Bill Murray at Wrigley – He’s Still Got It, by Chuck Strom

Nice interview with Bill Murray on ESPN at Wrigley. Still funny as ever.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=13934932

No need to give up on the Cubs yet. Lots of parallels to the 2004 Red Sox:

1. Theo Epstein

2. Down 3-0 at home against a New York team

3. A prospective World Series opponent from Missouri

Everything is . . . → Read More: Bill Murray at Wrigley – He’s Still Got It, by Chuck Strom

Some Notes on the Cubs, by Chuck Strom

After the Chicago Cubs dispatched the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS, a friend of mine commented that we were now in an alternative universe. I had to correct him; the Cubs would need to reach the World Series for that to apply. As of now, there is still the possibility that the Cubs . . . → Read More: Some Notes on the Cubs, by Chuck Strom

Great Cubs Post on Grantland, by Chuck Strom

Great piece from Charles Pierce on the Cubs win last night.

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/beatdown-the-cubs-keelhaul-the-bucs-in-pittsburgh/

Pierce appears to have made a regular assignment of covering Wild Card playoff games in Pittsburgh. This is the one he wrote last year when the Giants paid their visit.

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/baseball-playoffs-mlb-roger-goodells/

Even as they suffered their second year of one-and-done disappointment, . . . → Read More: Great Cubs Post on Grantland, by Chuck Strom

View From The Skybox: The Chicago Cubs Are For Real, by Chuck Strom

My brother, who works in San Francisco, got an invitation to see the Giants play the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night from a luxury skybox. The accommodations were nice: no standing in line for bathrooms or concessions here. The play on the field, at least for Giants fans, was not. Pitcher Matt Cain didn’t have . . . → Read More: View From The Skybox: The Chicago Cubs Are For Real, by Chuck Strom

Wrigley Field: Billionaire’s Playground, by Mark Erickson

The current owner of the Chicago Cubs, the ultra-wealthy Ricketts family, defied an existing legal contract signed by the former owner of the Cubs, i.e., the Chicago Tribune Company, with Wrigley rooftop businesses by significantly expanding bleacher space in right and left field. The expansion also includes the addition of video screens. These improvements . . . → Read More: Wrigley Field: Billionaire’s Playground, by Mark Erickson

The Chicago Cubs are Headed for 100 Losses in Wrigley’s 100th Year, By Mark Erickson

Popular Cub Jose Cardenal and his feisty coiffure won over fan’s hearts without ever winning a championship in Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs will celebrate the 100th anniversary of playing at Wrigley Field this year! Think of the historic events. Babe Ruth’s “called shot.” Kid K’s breakout game. Harry Caray. The collapse of . . . → Read More: The Chicago Cubs are Headed for 100 Losses in Wrigley’s 100th Year, By Mark Erickson

Touring Chicago’s Bohemian National Cemetery, by Mark Erickson

A treestone at Bohemian National Cemetery.

During one furlough day I had to break from my massive deck project to rest my bones from all the bending, lifting, and stooping. I choose to do something I had never done in my 25 years of living in Chicago: I toured the Bohemian National Cemetery located . . . → Read More: Touring Chicago’s Bohemian National Cemetery, by Mark Erickson

Will Ryne Sandberg be the New Manager of the Chicago Cubs?

Chicagoan Kevin DeBolt may have overheard confirmation of the Ryne Sandberg back-to-the-Chicago-Cubs rumor. Says KB on FB Thursday morning, “Just walked past a certain Mr. Ryne Sandberg on Michigan Ave. He was on his phone talking about hitting coaches. I’m NOT joking. Could there be a DOUBLE announcement this weekend?”

DeBolt is referring . . . → Read More: Will Ryne Sandberg be the New Manager of the Chicago Cubs?

We’ll Get ’em Next Movie: Stat Geek Determines Historical Moment of Ferris Bueller’s Cub Game and Discovers that the Cubs Lost

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Also in EastPortlandBlog.com:

The World Series Championship Trophy Comes to Redding, CA – by Chuck Strom

October Baseball in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

The Original Curse: Did the Chicago Cubs Inspire the Black Sox Scandal by throwing the 1918 World Series against Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox?

“I moved to Chicago for Major League Baseball, I might leave for the same reason.” – Jethro Burns

I skimmed The Original Curse: Did the Cubs Inspire the Black Sox by throwing the 1918 World Series against Babe Ruth’s Red Sox? by Sean Deveney in the library and it’s fabulous, a well told sports . . . → Read More: The Original Curse: Did the Chicago Cubs Inspire the Black Sox Scandal by throwing the 1918 World Series against Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox?

Jethro Burns, Tony Moore, Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley, Jerry Reed – BernardStreetCred Returns

“I moved to Chicago for Major League Baseball, I might leave for the same reason.” – Jethro Burns

Jethro and Homer

A recent communiqué from BernardStreetCred:

If you spy a copy of the rather expensive magazine Fretboard Journal, there’s a lovely, long article about Jethro Burns in it. Good stories from Sam Bush and . . . → Read More: Jethro Burns, Tony Moore, Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley, Jerry Reed – BernardStreetCred Returns