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.
August 11, 2009 |
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.
July 24, 2004 |
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.
June 7, 2000 |
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.
September 23, 1998 |
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.
October 4, 1989 |
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.
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.
August 8, 1988 |
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.
October 10, 1989 |
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.