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June 16, 2011
DIDN'T SOMEONE PROOFREAD the slogan emblazoned on T-shirts worn by several Cubs players as they worked out before batting practice on Tuesday? Oh, the words were spelled correctly, but their meaning could be taken in a rather beastly way. Seems there can only be one reason why the Cubs are one of the worst teams in baseball: the dreaded "Curse of the Billy Goat. " The curse dates to 1945 when a fan was asked to leave a World Series game between the Tigers and Cubs at Wrigley Field because his goat had BO. Upon leaving the fan vowed that the Cubs would never win a World Series.
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August 11, 2009 | by David Murphy
8:05, Wrigley Field, Chicago. TV: Channel 17. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Phillies RHP J.A. Happ (8-2, 2.74) vs. Cubs RHP Rich Harden (7-7, 4.41) Phillies update: Happ grew up 2 hours outside of Chicago, spent 3 years at Northwestern, and lived in the Windy City in the offseason while preparing for a looming spring-training roster battle. Now, he returns riding the wave of the most impressive start of his career, a shutout of the Rockies in which he threw a career-high 127 pitches ... Happ's previous career-high pitch count was 112 ... Since replacing Chan Ho Park in the rotation, Happ is 6-2 with a 2.80 ERA and has held opponents to a .230 batting average.
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July 24, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Chicago Cubs began a thorough inspection of the concrete on the underside of Wrigley Field's upper deck yesterday after a team employee found a third piece of concrete that apparently fell from the 90-year-old stadium's upper deck. After concrete chunks fell at different spots on June 9 and July 16, a team employee found a fragment Wednesday that was "relatively small, palm-of-your-hand" sized, said Mike Lufrano, the Cubs' vice president for community affairs. Shane Spencer cut his right foot when he stepped on some broken glass in a New York bar, and the Mets outfielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
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June 7, 2000 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Slugger Sammy Sosa yesterday depicted a fractured relationship with Don Baylor in the wake of the manager's unflattering comments about his defense, and he criticized the Cubs organization for what he deemed as a lack of respect. Over the weekend, Baylor said the Cubs would have to consider trading Sosa if they fell further out of contention. To Sosa, the comment was Baylor's latest shot in a series. Baylor talked about making Sosa a more "complete" player moments after being hired on Nov. 1. At the time, Baylor also said scouting reports about Sosa's defense were "not favorable.
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September 23, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
The Chicago Cubs are back on track, even if Sammy Sosa isn't. The visiting Cubs moved into a tie for the National League wild-card spot, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers last night. No thanks to Sosa. Chicago's slugger is mired in his worst slump of the season (0-for-21 and counting) at the worst time of the season. "Everybody knows I've been in a tough situation, but I'm going to come back," pledged Sosa, whose Cubs are tied with New York, 5-3 losers to Montreal last night.
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October 4, 1989 | By Tom Mahon, Daily News Sports Writer
The Cubs might very well be able to beat the Giants in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series that begins tonight at Chicago's Wrigley Field. But they most likely won't have an easy time doing it. There is no such thing as a safe lead against the NL West-winning Giants, who refuse to get rattled no matter how many runs they are down going into the ninth inning. "Somewhere along the line, that club, like our club, got the idea that there was no deficit that was too big for them to come back from," said Cubs manager Don Zimmer.
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March 4, 2011
THE CHICAGO CUBS' dugout rarely has been a safe place to be, whether you're a teammate, a manager or an umpire within chasing distance. On Wednesday, pitcher Carlos Silva and third baseman Aramis Ramirez added to the legend of the unfriendly confines. The trouble erupted when a frustrated Silva was upset with the fielding behind him as he came off the field following a three-error, two-homer, six-run first inning against Milwaukee. Ramirez, who dropped a pop fly in the inning, had to be separated from Silva by teammates and coaches.
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August 8, 1988 | By PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Sports Writer
They've been playing professional baseball games at night for 53 years now. They've been playing them in Cincinnati and Los Angeles and New York and San Francisco and Baltimore. They've been playing them in Amarillo and Reno and Fresno and Spokane. But they have never played one in Chicago at Wrigley Field. Until tonight. Tonight, to the joy of some and the disgust of others, the Cubs finally are going prime time. They will face the Phillies in the first of seven night games to be played at Wrigley this year.
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October 10, 1989 | By Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
The television guy was talking earnestly into the minicam. And he was saying something about how the Cubs had failed again. Say, what? Well, this is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world, after all, and people are going to remember what happened last. And that is simply that those lovable losers, the Cubs, did it again. Their proud starting rotation imploded and they lost the National League Championship Series to the Giants in five games. What will be forgotten is that this is a team that was picked to finish fourth, fifth, even sixth in the NL East this year.
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October 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The list of pitchers Daniel Murphy has tagged for home runs this postseason is similar to the National League Cy Young ballots submitted two weeks ago. Murphy, hero of these playoffs for the New York Mets, enhanced his resumé once again on a cold Sunday night with a homer off the mighty Jake Arrieta. The long ball, a two-run shot, set the tone early at Citi Field, where the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs, 4-1, to take a two-games-to-none lead in the National League Championship Series.
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October 19, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The chants resumed before each at-bat of Matt Harvey's final inning on the mound, growing loudest before he faced his final batter of the night. "Har-vey, Har-vey," was a refrain heard early and often from the Citi Field faithful on Saturday night as the New York Mets star worked through a gem. Even after allowing a solo home run on his final pitch, an elevated, 93-m.p.h. fastball to Chicago Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber in the eighth inning, Harvey walked off the mound to a standing ovation.
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October 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - As Matt Harvey prepares to start Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs, the innings limit fiasco of last month appears far from everyone's minds. The New York Mets ace even lobbied manager Terry Collins to make him available to pitch out of the bullpen in Thursday's decisive division series Game 5 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Between the regular season and his Game 3 start against the Dodgers, Harvey has logged 1941/3 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.
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October 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - When Sandy Alderson hired him to lead the New York Mets in November 2010, Terry Collins hadn't managed in the major leagues in 11 years. His last such gig, leading the Anaheim Angels, had ended miserably, Collins resigning with 29 games left and his team, overrun by injuries and a volatile clubhouse, 28 games out of first place. Then-Angels general manager Bill Bavasi tabbed Collins' bench coach of three years as the team's interim manager. That bench coach was Joe Maddon, the eccentric Chicago Cubs skipper whose team will face Collins' in the National League Championship Series that begins Saturday night at Citi Field.
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September 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A game-tying fielding error became secondary when Cesar Hernandez collided with the Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo and tumbled to the ground. Hernandez, the Phillies' 25-year-old second baseman, winced in pain as a trainer ran out to first base to tend to him. A dislocated left thumb forced Hernandez from the Phillies' 7-4 win on Sunday afternoon against the playoff-bound Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. With only 18 games remaining on the Phillies' schedule, it's likely the injury to his catching hand will spell the end of the season for Hernandez.
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September 13, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The third pitch that Alec Asher threw to Kyle Schwarber was low enough that it almost kicked up dirt. That was one way to keep the Cubs rookie from hitting another home run. Schwarber crushed home runs off of Asher's first two pitches to him on Friday in the second game of a doubleheader. He blasted a first-pitch homer to center in the first inning. The rocketing line drive reached Ashburn Alley on a bounce. Schwarber then hit a first-pitch homer to left in the second inning. Asher also gave up a homer to Kris Bryant.
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September 13, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is the $25 million question: What to do with Ryan Howard? The first baseman went 0 for 4 on Friday as the Phillies fell to Chicago, 5-1, in the first game of a doubleheader. Howard is hitless in his last 33 at-bats. His batting average slumped to .226. Interim manager Pete Mackanin has already limited Howard's playing time this season. Howard is used almost exclusively against righthanded pitchers. The uncertainty lies in Howard's future in Philadelphia past the season finale on Oct. 4. "I've seen him in slumps before.
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September 12, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies game Thursday against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park was delayed for two hours before it was finally postponed because of rain. The game will be made up Friday as part of a single-ticket doubleheader. Phillies lefthander Adam Morgan, who was set to pitch Thursday, will start the first game on Friday at 5:05 p.m. Gates will open at 4:05. In his last start, Morgan reached the seventh inning for the fourth time in 13 starts. The rookie has walked just three batters in his last 35 innings.
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August 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the week since his return from the disabled list after a six-week absence, Chase Utley's name has been most often linked in trade rumors to the San Francisco Giants. The defending World Series champions are without Joe Panik, their 24-year-old all-star second baseman, who is expected to be sidelined a couple of more weeks because of a back injury. The Giants, on the surface, make a lot of sense as the landing spot for the 36-year-old Utley, who by virtue of spending 10 years in the major leagues and at least that last five with the same team can veto any trade.
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July 28, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Cole Hamels' no-hitter Saturday at Wrigley Field was the first Aaron Nola witnessed in person at a major-league ballpark. The Phillies' rookie righthander sat in the visitors' dugout, palms sweating in the ninth inning as a teammate nine years his senior made history. "That's hard to follow," Nola said a day later, as a baseball from his first major-league triumph - yet another keepsake to add to the collection - rested on the top shelf of his locker. Sunday's series finale proved memorable, too, as the 22-year-old earned his first win for the Phillies in their 11-5 sweep-clinching rout of the Chicago Cubs.
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