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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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May 7, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
CHICAGO - It's not always going to be an oil painting. That's the line Joe Maddon has used since his hire as manager of the Chicago Cubs last October, before the wintry weather made a mess of bleacher reconstruction and various other planned upgrades for 101-year-old Wrigley Field. She's a mess right now, the old girl, with fans forced to use Porta-Pottys and such, but the browned ivy on the walls is beginning to come to life again and with a little imagination, you can see where it's all headed.
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April 7, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
AS THE CUBS were preparing to open the season with a nationally televised game against the Cardinals, the Braves were busy trading the best closer in baseball for a solid but unspectacular pitching prospect and salary relief. We like to talk about rebuilding as if it is something that can be achieved with an instruction manual and some elbow grease. A linear, mechanical process with easily identifiable steps. Yet, as the Phillies prepare to take on the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on one of the most anticlimactic Opening Days in their history, the Cubs and Braves remind us of just how varied the journey can be. Down in Atlanta, general manager John Hart spent the offseason deconstructing a roster that won 94 games in 2012 and 96 games in 2013 and had won at least 86 games five straight seasons.
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August 19, 2014 | Staff Report
MATT SZCZUR, a former baseball and football standout at Villanova, was called up to the Chicago Cubs yesterday. In the game against the Mets, Szczur entered as a pinch-runner in the eighth and remained in the game playing rightfield. He grounded into a fielder's choice in his only at-bat of the Cubs' 2-1 win. Szczur was promoted from the Cubs' Triple A farm team in Iowa, where he was batting .261 with 30 stolen basesand 52 runs scored in 116 games. He is in his fourth full season and fifth overall as a pro after being drafted in the fifth round in 2010 by the Cubs.
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August 18, 2014 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Baseball news from a somewhat unlikely source: Villanova football coach Andy Talley tweeted that former Wildcats star receiver Matt Szczur is being called up from triple-A Iowa to the Chicago Cubs. Besides Talley's tweet, multiple reports Saturday confirmed that the 25-year-old Lower Cape May grad is on his way to the bigs. Szczur, now an outfielder with speed (30 stolen bases with Iowa) and a good glove but weakish bat (.261) could make his major-league debut Sunday against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
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July 9, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four lion cubs were born in the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, June 26, the zoo announced Monday, making them the first lions born there in nearly two decades. The new cubs will not be available for viewing for about three months. Tajiri, the 4-year-old first-time mother, will remain with then for the duration and be monitored via video cameras. LONeal@phillynews.com 215-854-2619 @LydsONeal
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June 17, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
THE PREVIOUS TIME the Chicago Cubs won a series in Philadelphia, Jimmy Rollins, now the Phillies' all-time hit king, had 20 games of major league experience. Larry Bowa was capping his first week as the club's manager. Omar Daal was starting games, Jose Mesa closing them. It was all the way back during the home-opening series of the 2001 campaign, a nugget of information perhaps telling regarding both the Phillies' immense success since but also the struggles of 2014. Yesterday afternoon's game, a 3-0 Cubs' victory that gave Chicago claim to the three-game series, marked already the ninth time this season, just 67 games old, the Phillies were held without a run. It was the seventh game in which they were shut out at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.
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June 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies righthander David Buchanan not only was proud to see history Saturday, but to be part of it. On the day Jimmy Rollins broke Mike Schmidt's team record with his 2,235th career hit, Buchanan was the winning pitcher in a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. Despite allowing three solo home runs, Buchanan went five innings, allowing the three runs on six hits. "We had history, man, and it was an honor," Buchanan said. Buchanan, who is 2-3 with a 5.97 ERA since being recalled from Lehigh Valley on May 24, said Rollins has helped him adjust to the big leagues.
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June 15, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jimmy Rollins put himself in the Phillies record books, but his feat couldn't ignite a sagging offense. Rollins ninth-inning, lead-off double to right field gave him 2,234 hits, tying Mike Schmidt's franchise record in the Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Rollins hit a 1-0 fastball from Cubs righthander Neil Ramirez for his record-tying hit. "It is something I did want to do at home," Rollins said about the record. "A couple of years ago, I reached 2,000 hits in Cincinnati, and I told my wife I really didn't care where that happened, but when the hits record comes up, I would like it to be at home.
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April 8, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Hidden in the 30 starts made by A.J. Burnett last season that produced a career-low 3.30 ERA with Pittsburgh and a $16 million contract from the Phillies was a trend not lost on Cubs manager Rick Renteria. He stuffed his Sunday lineup with seven lefthanded hitters, and the move paid off before Burnett completed an inning of an 8-3 Phillies loss. "I'm used to that," Burnett said. "It's throwing strike one. It doesn't matter if it's a righty or a lefty. " Chicago blasted an erratic Burnett for four first-inning runs to avoid christening Wrigley Field's 100th season with an opponent's sweep.
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April 7, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CHICAGO - It's early, and the schedule makers and baseball gods have been kind to the Phillies in this first week of the season. And after a 2-0 win Saturday over the Chicago Cubs, they have an air of confidence. The luck showed up in Texas for opening day; instead of Yu Darvish's varied menu of dominant pitches, the Phillies faced a kid named Tanner Scheppers, who had trouble throwing strikes in his first major-league start. The Phils won by scoring two touchdowns on 17 hits.
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