Doppelgangers: Chicago Cubs as USWNT Players


Like Jeff Winger on “Community” famously said: “What’s your favorite color? Because mine’s a three way tie between red, white and blue.” The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team are obviously America’s team right now, and deservedly do. The Chicago Cubs are/were America’s Team of sorts. At least in the time before national sports networks proliferated and exploded. Older readers can recall a time when there were only two teams that you could see on television coast to coast- the Cubs and the Atlanta Braves.

Anyway, it’s time for star spangled analogizing; with our annual World Cup simile column.

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Cal Ripken on the Chicago Cubs Shortstop accumulation


At first glance, it may not make sense for a Major League Baseball organization to acquire excess talent at the same position. Why acquire a bunch of shortstops, only to then move them around to other positions later?

For an answer to this query, I asked the man who was perhaps the greatest shortstop to ever play the game, Cal Ripken Jr.

Under the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer regime, the Chicago Cubs have gravitated towards a concentration of the best overall talent in the infield; specifically, the shortstop position.

Current starting second baseman Addison Russell worked his way to the majors as an uber-prospect shortstop. The incumbent SS, Starlin Castro, was also a “can’t miss” six.

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Chicago Cubs and the Rule 5 Draft: Part One


Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.  Former Cy Young Award Winner Johan Santana.  Former MVP Josh Hamilton.

What do these and at least two dozen other current or former All-Star players have in common?

They were selected in MLB’s Rule 5 Draft held every December.

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Kris Bryant is an All-Star OMG! OMG! OMG! I’M SO EXCITED!

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Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and first baseman Anthony Rizzo were named to the 2015 National League All-Star team today. Rizzo was elected to the National League team by way of player vote while Bryant was named to the club via National League Manager Bruce Bochy.

I know what many Cubs fans are saying today about Kris Bryant- “ZOMG! OMG! OMG!!!”

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VIDEO: Bob Costas RIPS Cubs Pedro Strop into ittle pieces


Pedro Strop had a pretty awful outing in St. Louis last night. The Chicago Cubs Cubs reliever gave up a home run and then put two more guys on base for the next guy. His bad night led to MLB Network’s Bob Costas ABSOLUTELY TEARING HIM TO SHREDS!

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Epic and infamous Holly Sonders Cubs game photos


Holly Sonders seems to be 2015’s “Erin Pageviews.” Actually, she’s been there for awhile, but she’s receiving a spike this month due to her frequent on camera appearances during the U.S. Open. There has been a ton of criticism regarding her two question interview of Jordan Spieth; especially since one of those questions was “do you have a 5th outfit in case it goes to a playoff.”

I know….borrrrrrrrrrring. But when only have 20 seconds to work with, who deep are you expected to get? Remember people in these gigs aren’t doing hard core journalism. Whether or not it’s reporting; that’s even up for debate.

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Cubs Kyle Schwarber mania, palooza, hulabaloo begins


As Homer Simpson said, “good things don’t end in -eum, they end in -mania.” Tonight, Cubs uber-prospect Kyle Schwarber will make his first ever Major League start (after making his brief debut last night), having been called up from Double-A Tennessee yesterday. So now it’s Kyle Schwarber mania, palooza, lunacy, madness, craziness, fixation etc. Kind of.

This season has already brought #Krismas and RussellFest, so now brings the third opportunity for Cubs fans to irrationally overreact to the promotion of a super-prospect. Sort of.

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Five candidates to replace Tsuyoshi Wada in Cubs’ starting rotation


While the Chicago Cubs would claim one of the two NL wildcard positions if the season ended today, they still likely need better production from the fifth starter’s spot to remain in contention.

After LHP Travis Wood followed last season’s debacle with seven largely awful starts this season, he was demoted to the bullpen and replaced by LHP Tsuyoshi Wada.  However, after a successful 13-start stretch the second half of last season (3.25 ERA), Wada, 34, has been underwhelming in his first five starts this year.

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Ex Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin talks Cubs


Homer Simpson said during a classic episode of The Simpsons: “Everyone knows rock achieved perfection in 1974; it’s a proven scientific fact.”

Change the year to 1996, and credit the Smashing Pumpkins’ double album “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” and I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. Homer made that proclamation on the very same episode in which the Smashing Pumpkins appeared.

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Dossier on Chicago Cubs 2nd round draft pick Donnie Dewees

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Everyone thought the Chicago Cubs would focus on pitching, or at least go Pitcher first in the 2015 MLB Draft, but the opposite happened. The Cubs grabbed outfielder Donnie Dewees out of the University of North Florida in the second round. This was on the heels of drafting Ian Happ (more on him here), who was taken in the first round with the ninth overall pick.

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Ian Happ: the Chicago Cubs next big thing big thing

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Welcome to the party Ian Happ. Like Obi-wan Kenobi said to Luke Skywalker, “congratulations, you’ve just taken your first step, into a larger world.”

Happ now joins an exclusive club- the next HUGE THING in Cubdom. Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Addison Russell are already here. Javy Baez blew his first chance, but he’s waiting in the wings. Behind him is Albert Almora, Daniel Vogelbach, Kyle Schwarber, well, you get the point already.

Let’s get to the Ian Happ dossier.

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2015 MLB mock draft 6-8-15 FINAL


Welcome to the final version of our 2015 MLB Mock Draft. The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, round one, is tonight. I’m not sure if there’s another independently owned and managed site that does a mock draft for baseball, basketball, football and hockey like we do.

Maybe there is another “mom and pop” shop out there that does a mock for these four professional sports, but I’m not aware of it; as of yet.


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