Revisiting Two Baseball Prophecies made in 1990 Futuristic Films

If you’re doing classic Americana summer word association, then “movies” and “baseball” would probably be right at the top of anyone’s list.  So when these summer staples combine, sometimes the result can be sublime. Other times, the result is something on par with the 1985’s “The Slugger’s Wife” or 2001’s “Summer Catch.”

In 1990, two science fiction films were released that foretold a future World Series result, and today we look at how those prophecies panned out. If that seems like a lot of effort wasted on analyzing something trivial, well, this isn’t the first time we’ve done something specific to this wheelhouse.

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Liverpool FC Legend Ian Rush to Throw First Pitch at Cubs vs White Sox

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Liverpool FC legend Ian Rush will soon have yet another plaudit to add to his already lengthy list. The 57-year-old Welshman is Liverpool’s all-time leading scorer, having accumulated 346 goals across all competitions at the Merseyside club.

He scored a record 25 in the Merseyside derby against Everton alone. He was the all-time leading scorer for Wales as well, until 2018, when Gareth Bale surpassed the total of 28 that he accumulated between 1980 and 1996. And now Ian Rush will throw out the first ball when the Chicago Cubs host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night in the second of the two teams’ four clashes this season.

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Pat Fitzgerald Will Back the White Sox When the All-Chicago World Series Happens (Exclusive)

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Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald believes we will see a red line World Series in our life times, and when we do he’ll be sporting the silver and black of the South Side. Fitzgerald, who grew up in suburban Orland Park, held court with the media at the end of NU spring football practice, and then, after other reporters dispersed, we hung around a bit longer to talk Chicago baseball.

The Chicago Cubs brought Fitzgerald in this offseason to talk to the coaching staff, due to his expertise in communicating with college and soon-to-be college players. Northwestern is very intertwined with the Cubs as they share some corporate partners, and until recent years, broadcast partners.

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Chicago Cubs Ace Jon Lester Named to Forbes Top Earners List

Yesterday saw Forbes release their annual list of the world’s 100 highest paid athletes in the past year, and Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester made the cut. The Cubs ace checks in at #97, having earned $25.3 million in total ($25m in salary, $300k in endorsements) during the past year. Lester is one of the thirteen Major League Baseball players on the list, led by the Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout at #17 ($50.6 million). At #68 you’ll find a former Cubs pitcher, Jake Arrieta, who is now with Philadelphia and earned $28.8 million last season.

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Pat Fitzgerald on His Chicago Cubs Consulting Gig this Past Offseason

Although Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald would never actually use any of these following terms himself: gen-Xer, millenial, gen Z, the Chicago Cubs deemed him an expert in bridging the generation gap. 

The Cubs brought Fitzgerald in this offseason to talk to the coaching staff, due to his expertise in communicating with college and soon-to-be college players. “We all learned a little something from that talk,” Cubs GM Theo Epstein told the Chicago Tribune a week after the consultation.

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Baez, Rizzo, Bryant, Contreras: Stellar Quartet Leading Cubs to First Place

The Chicago Cubs enter Wednesday night’s home game against the Colorado Rockies leading the NL Central division and just one game behind Philadelphia for the second best record in the National League. The Cubs overcame a very slow start, but are hitting mid-season form now, largely due to a very balanced offense.

Led by Javier Baez, who leads the team in batting average (.309), hits (72) and slugging percentage (.588), the Cubs are scoring runs aplenty, and looking like a team that could be dangerous all season long and into the postseason.

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Chicago Cubs Make Risky Reach with Ryan Jensen at #27

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As the MLB Network talking heads pointed out in reference to the Chicago Cubs drafting Ryan Jensen out of Fresno State tonight: “from #99 to #27?!?!” The draftniks certainly did not see this coming; at all. It’s a bold move to be sure, only time will tell if it pays off for ’em.

Yes, it’s a reach to say the least, but time will tell if Ryan Jensen falls into the Mike Harkey, Ben Christensen, Lance Dickson, Ty Griffin, Kevin Orie category, or the Kris Bryant, Kerry Wood, Javier Baez classification. Or somewhere in between those two extremities.

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2019 Chicago Cubs MLB Draft Mocksourcing

The Major League Baseball draft is basically a lot like stamp collecting, and just as exciting, but it is still very important. The Chicago Cubs won a World Series and went to three straight National League Championship Series this decade largely due to a core of stars that was partially built through the draft.

Currently in first place in the NL Central as of this writing, their championship window is still open, but in order to keep it open in the long term they will need to keep stocking the farm system with top tier talent. Coming off a season in which they posted a very strong record, but massively disappointed in the post-season, the Chicago Cubs will be selecting 27th overall when the first round commences on June 3rd.

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Ten Best Chicago Cubs First Round Draft Picks of the last 40 Years

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Monday night brings the Major League Baseball draft, an event that is “hit-or-miss” to say the least. Draft position, like recruiting rankings, can just as often be an indicator of future success as it is future failure.

The only thing it absolutely predicts 100% is sky-high expectations. Between now and Monday we’ll look at the 10 best and 10 worst first round picks for both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. And yes, we know that listicles are to journalism what Taco Bell is to food. However, it also worth noting that Taco Bell measures its annual revenue in the billions.

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Ten Worst Chicago Cubs First Round Picks of the last 40 Years

Monday night brings the Major League Baseball draft, an event that is “hit-or-miss” to say the least. Draft position, like recruiting rankings, can just as often be an indicator of future success as it is future failure.

The only thing it absolutely predicts 100% is sky-high expectations. Between now and Monday we’ll look at the 10 best and 10 worst first round picks for both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. And yes, we know that listicles are to journalism what Taco Bell is to food. However, it also worth noting that Taco Bell measures its annual revenue in the billions.

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MLB Blue Chip Prospect Quinn Priester Talks Draft, TCU, State Playoffs and More (Exclusive)

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These are very exciting times for Quinn Priester, a right-handed pitcher and designated hitter for Cary-Grove High School who will throw for the Trojans (22-13) in their Class 4A McHenry Sectional against Huntley (28-9) at 4 p.m. today.  

In addition to the IHSA state playoffs, the 6-foot-3, approximately 200 pound senior was named the Gatorade Illinois Baseball Player of the Year on Thursday, and he’s projected to be a mid-first round selection in the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday night (6pm central, MLB Network).

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Cubs Broadcast Makes Monstrous Gaffe While Promoting Women’s Empowerment Night

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If you’re not familiar with the Twitter account @_youhadonejob1, then you really need to check it out and see what you’re missing. The phrase “you only had one job” certainly applies to the producer and/or cameraman of the Chicago Cubs broadcast last night in Cincinnati.

During their win over the Reds Wednesday night, the Cubs telecast ran an in game promotion for their upcoming Women’s Empowerment Night at the ballpark. Now of the nine players on the field and the 24 on the roster, who would you NOT want to spotlight as you transition to the promo?  Well, take a look:

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