Cubs Initiate Genuine Damage Repair After Ricketts’ Islamophobic, Bigoted Emails, Announce CAIR Partnership

Monday saw the Chicago Cubs move from damage control mode to the damage repair phase of addressing the fallout caused by Joe Ricketts’ leaked emails. The billionaire TD Ameritrade founder, already previously notorious for holding some bigoted and racist world views, saw his e-mail messages that conveyed severe Islamophobia, consistent bigotry and belief in bizarre conspiracy theories leaked to the press last month.

Since the deplorable electronic missives surfaced, both Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts and Cubs President Theo Epstein have spoken out and publicly condemned racism and Islamophobia. Ricketts the younger is also expected to address this issue with the team soon, as he annually gives a speech to the players before the first workout of spring training where the full roster is present.

[Read more…]

Addison Russell Made Things Worse Friday, Cubs Must Finally Do What’s Long Overdue

addison russell

Somewhere within the conflicted but always colorful world of Cubs Twitter, I saw a tweet somewhere that echoed my sentiments exactly. “Less Addison Russell talking to the media, more Addison Russell getting released by the Chicago Cubs.”

Unless something drastic happens and an unexpected bombshell drops that is just not going to happen. Despite the growing number of Cubs fans who want Russell jettisoned, the Cubs remain steadfast in their decision to give him another chance, and see if he can turn his life around after a divorce marred by accusations of domestic abuse.

[Read more…]

Chicago Cubs Partner with Vile Sinclair to Launch their Own Network

On one level, this makes perfect sense. Sinclair Broadcast Group, a vile machine that pumps out MAGA propaganda, is partnering with the Chicago Cubs, a franchise owned by a family with, well you already know what Papa Ricketts is all about.

Just in case you forgot about Joe Ricketts’ donations to Donald Trump, he reminded you who he is in the recent leaked emails showcasing his bigotry and Islamophobia. At 6 a.m. central time this morning (because hey, let’s make sure everybody in Chicago starts their hump day with this news), the long discussed Cubs Network plans were finally made official.

[Read more…]

Chicago Cubs Badly Misreading the Room Part 2: Addison Russell

addison russell

This upcoming weekend brings Cubs Convention, an annual rite of passage that markets itself as a warm, feel-good celebration of all things baseball in the midst of the cold winter sports dead zone. What the event truly is, when you actually examine it, is a three day long native advertisement for Cubs tickets to the upcoming season.

A native advertisement that costs $125 to get into by the way. Typically, Cubs Con is a chance for more upbeat and positive stories to be produced en masse, but that is certainly not the tone this January. The Cubs fan base is currently pretty upset with the club for two major reasons.

[Read more…]

Cubs, Ricketts Badly Misreading the Room Part 1: Bryce Harper, Free Agency

chicago cubs

This upcoming weekend brings Cubs Convention, an annual rite of passage that markets itself as a warm, feel-good celebration of all things baseball in the midst of the cold winter sports dead zone. What the event truly is, when you actually examine it, is a three day long native advertisement for Cubs tickets to the upcoming season.

A native advertisement that costs $125 to get into by the way. Typically, Cubs Con is a chance for more upbeat and positive stories to be produced en masse, but that is certainly not the tone this January. The Cubs fan base is currently pretty upset with the club for two major reasons.

[Read more…]

Rube Waddell: Story of the Most Heroic, Egregious Idiot in Cubs History

rube waddell

George Edward Waddell, or as history as called him Rube Waddell, was born on a Friday the 13th and passed away on an April Fool’s Day. In between he lived a life that was well, covered just about everything one could hope to do. Like so many great American heroes he was taken from us too young; passing at the age of 37.

As my co-host on “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” Travis Miller said- we like to think that the reason he died so young was because he really had nothing else left to do. Here at this link, as well as in the embedded file below, we recap the highlights of Rube Waddell’s life in LGWS 7, on the Hammer & Rails podcast network.

[Read more…]

Cubs Pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. Articulates the Christmas Spirit

carl edwards jr

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. describes doing philanthropy for the kids as “one of my biggest things.” So when the chance to partner with the Theresa Siaw Foundation came along, it was the perfect fit.

Edwards and Siaw hosted a meet and greet where they collected items for Cradles to Crayons, an organization benefiting underprivileged children, Friday night at Homiey on the west side of Chicago. Siaw, a candidate for 26th ward alderman this February, got into the Christmas spirit of giving with Edwards, and provided an exciting night for kids in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

[Read more…]

What Made the 1918 Red Sox-Cubs World Series Weird and Scary (Podcast)

september 1918

Editor’s Note: This post originally ran on September 18th, but we have now updated it to include the podcast we did on the book last night (October 23rd)

[Read more…]

Eamus Catuli: Sounds Very Sexual, but here’s the Actual Meaning

eamus-catuli

(UPDATE: Eamus Catuli RESET to ZERO!!!!! Chicago Cubs win World Series!!!! Here’s a link depicting life at Wrigley Field Ground Zero when the big moment occurred)

Eamus Catuli the billboard on a Sheffield Avenue rooftop reads, along with the letters AC and then the numbers 0871108.

[Read more…]

Southern Charm Star Shep Rose Takes in Kathryn Hall Wine Event, Cubs Game

southern charm shep rose

It’s not every day you run into Shep Rose, star of Bravo reality series “Southern Charm,” but hey, life is random, isn’t it? Rose was at the Kathryn Hall wine event last night at the W Hotel Chicago City Center. The HALL Napa Valley event included a vertical tasting, celebrating the release of the highly anticipated 2015 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon.

Hall also hosted events in St. Helena, California and Columbus, Ohio. Rose also attended the Chicago Cubs’ loss to their division rivals the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night, posting this colorful Tweet:

[Read more…]

Bill Murray Stories: New Doc Exactly What’s Needed Right Now

Paying very close attention to current events these days is a lugubrious chore. Keeping up on trending terms, then seeing why they’re trending, is also currently a very depressing experience.

We really need something and/or someone to step in and remind us all what is actually good about American life. Enter “The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From A Mythical Man.”

[Read more…]

Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds Series Preview, Prediction

cubs water bottle

The Chicago Cubs are taking care of business on this home stand, achieving two series wins over AL Central foes the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers. Now the Cubs close the home stand by welcoming the division rival Cincinnati Reds to Wrigley Field. This will be the Redlegs first visit to the Friendly Confines this season.

Yes, despite being a much more talented team and possessing a superior record, the Cubs have indeed struggled mightily with the Reds.

[Read more…]