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Is Aroldis Chapman or Dexter Fowler More Critical to Cubs’ 2017 Repeat Push?

November 21, 2016 by Seth Gruen · Leave a Comment 

Let's pretend for just a moment that Theo Epstein isn't some sort of divine power, which, if you polled those in Chicago, is the pervasive feeling since baseball underwent its version of an apocalypse: a Chicago Cubs World Series win. We'll then acknowledge that the Cubs president of baseball operations cannot possibly lure every free agent to his club. That would mean free-agent closer Aroldis Chapman and center fielder Dexter Fowler, key components to the 2016 squad, may not return. Truth is it's unlikely that either will rejoin the Cubs in 2017 because, well, Epstein really isn't superhuman. Though after being the ...

Kris Bryant Joins Dustin Pedroia, Cal Ripken in Elite Category After Winning MVP

November 18, 2016 by Daily Facts · Leave a Comment 

Kris Bryant won the NL MVP on Thursday, joining Dustin Pedroia and Cal Ripken as the only players in MLB history to win Rookie of the Year, MVP and a World Series within their first two seasons. Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light. Source: B/R InsightsRead more Chicago Cubs news on BleacherReport.com

Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts Comments on Winning World Series, Steve Bartman, More

November 16, 2016 by Rob Goldberg · Leave a Comment 

Few championships have meant more to a franchise than the Chicago Cubs' 2016 World Series title. After 108 years without a title and 61 years since its last pennant, the team finally broke through with a Game 7 victory over the Cleveland Indians to win the title Nov. 2. As owner Tom Ricketts told Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the meaning wasn't lost on him: It was just so important for this organization, to put this lovable loser crap to bed. Despite all of the successes of the year, had that game gotten away from us, the next morning’s stories were going to be ...

Cubs Fan Mabel Ball Dies at Age 108

November 12, 2016 by Alec Nathan · Leave a Comment 

Mabel Ball—the 108-year-old Chicago Cubs fan who lived for the full length of the team's World Series drought before it was snapped earlier this month—died Tuesday.  According to the Chicago Tribune's Irv Leavitt, Ball's son Rich confirmed the news.  "The cruel irony, the almost unbelievable irony, is that the person who waits and waits and waits, after it happens, says, 'I've done what I've got to do, and I'm out of here,'" he said. "It ain't funny, but it's funny." According to ABC7's Sarah Schulte, Ball was born two months before the Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers in the 1908 World Series.  "As time ...

Complete Offseason Guide, Predictions for the Chicago Cubs

November 5, 2016 by Rick Weiner · Leave a Comment 

Billy Goats and Bartman be damned. The curse over Wrigley Field has been lifted, and the Chicago Cubs are the kings of baseball for the first time in more than a century. While fans continue to pinch each other, making sure this isn't all some beautiful dream, the Cubs have little time to rest of their laurels. For the MLB offseason is officially underway, and team president Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer and their staffs have work to do. It'd be nice to keep the World Series-winning roster intact, but change is inevitable—even for the reigning champs. What follows is an overview ...

Cubs Parade 2016: Twitter Reaction, Photos, Videos and More

November 4, 2016 by Scott Polacek · Leave a Comment 

The city of Chicago threw a party 108 years in the making Friday. Long-suffering fans of the Chicago Cubs packed the streets of the Windy City to watch the World Series parade that celebrated the team's first championship since 1908. According to Chicago Bulls announcer Chuck Swirsky, television reports estimated that six million people attended the parade. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein said of the party, "It exceeded my expectations by about tenfold. It was way bigger than Boston," per Daniel Kramer of MLB.com. The celebration started in Wrigley Field on the city's north side and wound its way to Michigan Avenue ...

Steve Bartman Comments on Cubs Winning World Series

November 4, 2016 by Mike Chiari · Leave a Comment 

After 13 years as a scapegoat, a weight was lifted off Steve Bartman's shoulders when the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday, and according to a spokesperson, the victory brought happiness to the Windy City's former public enemy No. 1.  Per Josh Peter of USA Today, spokesman Frank Murtha said the following Thursday regarding Bartman's reaction to the Cubbies ending their 108-year title drought: "He was just overjoyed that the Cubs won, as all the Cubs fans are." Bartman infamously got his hands on a foul ball in the eighth inning of Game 6 of ...

Why Stop at One: Cubs Built for a Long Run of Title Contention

November 4, 2016 by Scott Miller · Leave a Comment 

CLEVELAND — It was the wise Satchel Paige who warned, "Don't look back; something might be gaining on you." Don't the Cleveland Indians, who let a three-games-to-one World Series lead slip away to the Chicago Cubs, know it. Didn't the Los Angeles Dodgers, who fumbled a two-games-to-one National League Championship Series lead, learn it. Weren't the San Francisco Giants, who allowed a 5-2 lead in Game 4 of the NL Division Series to dissipate, guilty of it. It took 108 years for the Chicago Cubs to catch up to the rest of baseball in the month of October. But now that they're champions, ...

Cubs Parade 2016: Celebration Schedule, Live Stream, Route and Players to Watch

November 4, 2016 by Rob Goldberg · Leave a Comment 

There might not be another celebration quite like what we are expecting out of the Chicago Cubs and their fans after 108 years of waiting. The Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 Wednesday night. Two days later, they will take part in a parade that will likely only be a continuation of a full week of parties. Longtime fan Bill Murray is certainly looking forward to it, per MLB Network: Whether you are preparing to join the fun or just watch along at home, here is what you need to know about the upcoming event.         Cubs World Series ...

Cubs Parade 2016: Predictions, Viewing Information for World Series Celebration

November 3, 2016 by Adam Wells · Leave a Comment 

For the first time in 108 years, the city of Chicago will be able to bask in the glow of a World Series celebration with the Cubs when the team holds its victory parade on Friday. The Cubs capped off their historic season with a dramatic 3-1 series comeback against the Cleveland Indians, highlighted by an 8-7 win in Game 7 that saw them blow a three-run lead in the eighth inning before scoring two runs in the top of the 10th and holding off one more Cleveland rally.            Parade Predictions Predicting a parade isn't nearly as agonizing as ...

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