Chicago Cubs Offseason Provided Plenty of Material for Justifiable Outrage

During the Ricketts family era of ownership, the Chicago Cubs have become an organization that treats their fans like idiots (crying poor in the free agent market while maintaining some of the highest ticket prices in the Major League Baseball, literally selling their garbage for $100 per item of trash) and their media like their marketing department (about 70-90% of their “news releases” sent to journalists consist of ticket sales info, concessions, promotions and corporate sponsorships).

This past offseason brought a new low, as the franchise became about as unlikable as any team once called “the lovable losers” could be.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Shoeless Joe Jackson, 1919 Black Sox: “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” Podcast

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Shoeless Joe Jackson is a whole lot more than the man with the 3rd highest career batting average in Major League Baseball history and still NOT in the Hall of Fame. 

You’ve read about him in books and seen him portrayed in movies such as Eight Men Out (a thorough biography of the Black Sox scandal, written by Eliot Asinof and adapted for the screen by John Sayles, Jackson was played by D.B. Sweeney) and Field of Dreams (where he was played by Ray Liotta, a movie based on the novel Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella). 

However, the real life Shoeless Joe Jackson was plenty interesting enough and doesn’t actually need to be fictionalized.

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New Stadium Names in San Francisco and Seattle

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By Patrick Pearse`

With baseball opening day not too far away, teams are wrapping up sponsorship agreements and plans for the season. As the sport has evolved, stadium naming rights are one of the biggest sponsorship opportunities ensuring regular mention of a specific company or brand throughout all media surrounding the team.

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Chicago Cubs Badly Misreading the Room Part 2: Addison Russell

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Cubs Pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. Articulates the Christmas Spirit

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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.

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

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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)

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New Jersey Sports Betting Grows Nearly 100% in September; More States to Legalize?

Last Friday, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released its September sports betting numbers, and the results were astounding. Sports bettors wagered a whopping $184 million, good for a 96 percent increase from August’s total of $95.6 million. Considering that sports gambling has only been legal in the state since June 14th, these numbers beat even the most optimistic of expectations.

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