Evaluating the Prospects Chicago Cubs Received in Fire Sale Trades

After the San Diego Padres sold off everyone who was good on their 1992-93 teams, they had to do SOMETHING to market the 1994 squad. So they ran ticket sales campaigns that showed two dudes talking about the current team, and basically asking “who are these players we’ve never heard of?”

It was like a family friendly version of the scene in Major League, where the construction workers look at the Cleveland Indians roster as say “heyo, who are dese fucking guys!?” The Padres ad concludes with the sales slogan “hey, it’s baseball.” It was such a refreshingly honest promo that even though I can’t find it anywhere online today, I still remember it nearly three decades later.

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Backlash Against Ricketts Stronger Than Ever as Cubs Totally Gut Team

It was Cubs Convention 2020, about a couple months before the world shut down due to the covid-19 pandemic. Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts took to the stage, where he was cascaded by a chorus of boos. It was directed at him, sure, but the general vitriol was aimed at the then soon to be launched Marquee Network.

“You won’t be booing in a year,” Ricketts boldly proclaimed. Well, now it’s trade deadline day 2021, and we’re doing a whole lot more than just booing. The MLB Trade Deadline is like the market for a sports guest post, there is a ton of wheeling and dealing going on. And the Cubs were the biggest sellers of all.

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Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees: Trade Analysis, Best Twitter Reactions

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You knew this day was coming, for a very long time, Chicago Cubs fans. However, it still really hurts, maybe more than we thought it even would, to see an era come to an end. Team Captain, first baseman and forever club legend Anthony Rizzo is gone. And that means Bryzzo is no more.

Aside from his vaccine ignorance and the dangerous recklessness that stance inspires, it’s almost impossible to say anything bad about #44, a man who represented himself and the organization very well.

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2021 MLB Mock Draft Final Edition 7-11-21

The Major League Baseball Draft is July 11-13, being staged in conjunction with the All-Star Game in Colorado. Welcome to our final 2021 MLB mock draft.

Far as we know, we’re the only mom and pop shop, small business style site on the whole world wide web that does a mock draft for all four major sports. Here’s the links to the latest mocks for the NFL, NBA and NHL.

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Jake Arrieta, Eric Sogard and Other Chicago Cubs Who Must Go


The red, white and blue (literally) Chicago Cubs saw their 2021 season completely turned on its head during the span of time in between two super patriotic American holidays. On Flag Dlay, June 14, they were 38-28 and tied with the Milwaukee Brewers atop the NL Central division.

A 4-11 June swoon, including a sweep at those aforementioned Brewers, now has them riding a six game losing streak and six games out of first place entering Fourth of July weekend. Happy Independence Day Cubs fans! In a span of just over a fortnight, the Cubs have gone from likely buyers at the trading deadline to almost certain sellers.

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Alec Mills Returns as Adbert Alzolay Injury Forces Cubs to Shuffle Pitching Roster

Ahead of last night’s 7-1 win at the San Diego Padres, the Chicago Cubs placed starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay on the 10-day injured list (blister on the middle finger on his pitching hand) and recalled right-hander Kohl Stewart from Triple-A Iowa.

They also activated Alec Mills off the 10-day IL, and sent right-handed pitcher Cory Abbott back down to the I-Cubs. Mills saw relief action last night, giving one hit, one run, it was earned, in an inning of relief work. He walked two and struck out two.

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2021 Cubs are Actually No Better or Worse than the 2020 Cubs

In the preseason, we saw plenty of Chicago Cubs season win projections in the 77-79 range. At the time, those seemed very legit. Then the season started, and the Cubs offense was very late to joining the rest of us here in the 2021 baseball season.

At that point, the Cubs were looking much more like a 70 win or thereabouts kind of team. Then they started winning a few here and there, then they claimed a couple series wins, and the season was unfolding in a manner akin to the plot of the timeless classic sports movie “Major League.”

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Javy Baez Tricks Pirates into Making the Dumbest Play Ever (Video)

Was this brilliance by the Chicago Cubs’ Javy Baez? Maybe, or perhaps it’s just total bone-headedness on the part of the Pittsburgh Pirates. “THERE WERE TWO OUTS!” is a top trending term on Twitter right now, because the social media world of baseball fans just cannot believe what they just watched.

You’ve heard of “manufacturing a run,” well, what El Mago did here is basically “grifting a run” or “conning your opponents out of a run. Watch after the jump:

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Talking Weed with Ryne Sandberg from a Dispensary (EXCLUSIVE)


How strange is 2021? It’s weird enough that Chicago Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg, one of the greatest second basemen of all time, is now an endorser of cannabis products. The first ballot hall-of-famer is truly the genuine article, so when he’s a pitchman for a product or service, it’s something he authentically believes in.

Sandberg is as wholesome, clean-cut, All-American as it gets, and that has not changed with his now working for Verilife, a Chicago based company and division of Pharmacann. Sandberg made a public appearance at the Gold Coast dispensary on May 23rd, in which the store was running a 23% off sale in conjuction with the immortal #23’s appearance.

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Cubs Legend Ryne Sandberg Surprisingly Becomes Marijuana Pitchman

Move over former House Speaker John Boehner, because we have a new “OMG! This guy is working with a cannabis company” spokesman. Chicago Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg, one of the greatest second basemen of all time and a first ballot hall-of-famer, now pitches the good weed for Verilife, a Chicago based company that’s a division of Pharmacann.

At age 61, Ryno is getting into marijuana for the first time in his life. Not only is he investing in the company, but he also claims that he’s consuming the substance for the very first time in his life. It’s amazing what we’re seeing these days regarding the legalization of marijuana and the mainstreaming of pot culture.

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Javy Baez, Fernando Tatis an Inspiration to Illini SS Branden Comia


Shortstop Branden Comia graces the cover of Illinois Fighting Illini baseball’s 2021 record book. He’s one of the team’s top Major League Baseball Draft prospects and an Orland Park, IL native. A Carl Sandburg High School graduate, he hails from hard core White Sox country.

Born and bred in Sox territory, he was and is a Chicago Cubs fan, as his father hailed from the north side of Chicago. Naturally, lots of rivalry banter ensued. “It definitely helped with the World Series (title in 2016), it finally gave some something to fire back with,” Comia said during our exclusive interview this week.

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Cubs Injury/Fitness Updates: Bryant, Baez, Arrieta, Hoerner, Happ

It’s the Chicago Cubs at the Cleveland Indians, on a Wednesday, just like one specific game in the annals of baseball history that you might have once heard about. The Cubs have a long list of injury and fitness concerns for this game, but there is some good news, to go along with the bad.

There is a lot to get to, so let’s just dive right in with Javier Baez, who is back in the lineup today at shortsop and hitting fourth. Baez missed the last two games with tightness in his back.

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