Arizona Diamondbacks promote Northwestern grad Bo Schultz

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Thanksgiving dinner is likely to seem especially tasty for onetime American Association hurler Bo Schultz since news arrived Wednesday that he had been added to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 40-man roster after a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. The 28-year-old righty and Northwestern journalism grad, who was mostly a bullpen contributor (4-3, 4.13 in 37 appearances) while helping Grand Prairie, TX win the Association title in 2011, went 3-0 with a 3.09 earned run average in seven starts in the AFL after both starting and relieving for the D-Backs’ top two farm clubs this summer.

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Wrigley Field hosting Michigan vs. Northwestern…..in baseball

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The purple will return to Wrigley Field.

In some ways, the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs were meant for each other. Both had/have major droughts. The NU college football team just won their first bowl game since 1949, and the college basketball has never ever made the NCAA Tournament, 70+ tries. As you’ve heard a million times, the Cubs haven’t been to the World Series since 1945 and won it since 1908.

Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts lives three blocks from the Wildcats’ athletic facilities and he’s close with Northwestern Athletic Director Jim Phillips. Ricketts has been a guest lecturer to the class Phillips teaches at NU’s Kellogg School of Management. So it was only a matter of time before the Northwestern Wildcats baseball team got their day in the sun at Wrigley Field.

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Cubs vs. Wrigleyville rooftop owners: more friction inevitable

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In the 2000s, the Chicago Cubs and the owners of the rooftops surrounding Wrigley Field had quite a tiff going on. The Cubs put up fences in the bleachers blocking the view of the Wrigleyville rooftops, so the rooftop owners built their seats higher above it. Then the ballclub put up another screen blocking the view, claiming it was for “post 9/11 security screens.” After years of squabbling they settled on the small business owners giving them 17%.

You can see how both sides have a point- the local businesses help build the Wrigleyville neighborhood up from dangerous ghetto on the outskirts to trendy, adult playground. The Cubs have a point in that someone else is directly profiting off their product. Well the years of detente are over and it looks like there’s going to be another battle over revenue between the two interests.

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The Chicago Cubs are ready for the Cubs Way

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Another lovely picture of Mrs. David DeJesus welcomes us to another installment of Cubs related fun. Andy Sonnastine ain’t in the sun no more, real baseball is about two weeks away, the Shark has finally earned his chance and Soriano is still fooling us all.

With that said, let’s get to what the Cubs and Fridays are all about.

Ramble on …

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Be a Chicago Cubs Ballgirl (or boy)! Apply online

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Just like last year with the PA gig, the Chicago Cubs are partnering with CareerBuilder to find four ball boys/ball girls for the 2012 baseball season at Wrigley Field. Submit your applications, including a video sample, now through March 12 at Cubs.careerbuilder.com.

The team will select 50 semifinalists to attend live tryouts at BASH Sports Academy in Chicago on March 19. A group of finalists will then travel to Mesa, Ariz. March 26-28 to perform the required job duties during Spring Training. The team’s final selections will be hired by March 30.

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Cubs Cause Stir With Big Announcements at Convention

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After a day dominated by headlines about Kerry Wood returning to the North Side, day two of the Cubs Convention in Chicago was marked by headlines in other areas. New changes to Wrigley Field were discussed, some free agency matters were addressed by the Cubs’ head honchos, and there was plenty of reaction both positive and negative to all of it.

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Wrigley Field Epic Fail Health Inspection; Black Slime Grows in Ice Machine

I remember when I was a kid, my Aunt, the one who always took to me to the White Sox games I earned (By earned, I mean free and later half price ticket vouchers were distributed to southwest suburban schools to kids who had straight As and/or perfect attendance. Since I used to routinely fake being sick in order to stay home and watch 1980s game shows, you know I got the rewards for my grades) told me something disturbing: that the vendors at Old Comiskey Park would take hot dogs and pizzas that fell on the disgusting ground and sell them.

At the time, it seemed like such a haunting truth. Then as an adult I learn about how even the healthiest of somehow consume mass quantities of bugs and excrement through our food each year.

Yet still what we learned today about the Chicago Cubs and their concession stands, is a new level of disturbing.

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Cubs Unveil New Statue of #10 Ron Santo (Video)

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The Chicago Cubs and their fans celebrated “Ron Santo Day” (it is the 10th after all) yesterday by unveiling a statue of the Cubs legend at the corner of Addison and Sheffield, only the fourth statue of its kind at Wrigley Field.

Members of the Santo family, many members of the 2011 Chicago Cubs and several of Ron’s former Cubs teammates – including Ernie Banks, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley, Fergie Jenkins, Milt Pappas and Billy Williams – were on hand.

In addition to the statue unveiling, “Ron Santo Day” included a special Santo family pre-game recognition, a ceremonial first pitch by Ron’s grandson, Sam, and members of the Santo family leading the signing of the Seventh Inning Stretch.

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Chicago Cubs Sign Wayne Gretzky’s Kid

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TREVOR GRETZKY WILL JOIN CUBS ORGANIZATION

 

The Chicago Cubs have signed Trevor Gretzky, the son of Wayne Gretzky.  The Cubs drafted The Great One’s offspring this year in the seventh round of the MLB draft.  Trevor Gretzky, a 6’4″, 190 lbs first baseman, played high school baseball last year in Thousand Oaks, CA.  By signing with the Cubs, Gretzky will no longer attend San Diego State to play baseball under Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.  To learn more about Trevor Gretzky, click after the jump.

 

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The Chicago Cubs didn’t lose yesterday!!

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Hey, everybody, the Cubs didn’t lose yesterday! That is right. They didn’t lose yesterday. Man, what a great feeling.

Yep, that is what this season has become. I am happy because they couldn’t lose. That is awful. But we move forward because that is what Cubs fans do.

And what is the treat we get for moving forward? The Cubs get to play three straight games against the only team that is actually worse than them! Woo-hoo. Bring on Hunter Pence and Wandy Rodriguez. What a weekend at Wrigley it will be!

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Phillies vs. Cubs, Shirtless Driving & Boobies Season at Wrigley

This week, my home neighborhood was invaded by Philadelphia Phillies fans. So you know what that means- battery throwing, tasering, hard-drinking, lots of lower back tattoos, public urination. Actually, the cheese-steak consuming people have been very well behaved. It’s been our own peeps that have been obnoxious.

But I can’t blame anyone for being testy. Our weather report today says we have 99 problems and the heat/humidity is the primary one. It could hit a c-note on the Chitown mercury today. Heat indexes of 110-115. Time for shirtless driving season, or shirtless baseball watching.

h/t We Should be GMs and Busted Coverage

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Baseball’s Best Ballparks: Wrigley 10th, The Cell 22nd, PNC 1st

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