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World Series Champion Chicago Cubs Visit President Obama at the White House

January 16, 2017 by Timothy Rapp · Leave a Comment 

For the first time since 1888, the Chicago Cubs visited the White House on Monday to meet President Barack Obama and celebrate the team's first World Series title since 1908. "They said this day would never come," Obama said to open his remarks, per the ESPN broadcast, amid laughter and applause in the White House. "Here is something my predecessors never got to say: Welcome to the White House the World Series champion Cubs." He added: I will say, it took you long enough. I've got four days left. Eight years ago, I made a lot of promises, some of which we've accomplished. ...

Shane Victorino to Cubs: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

February 26, 2016 by Timothy Rapp · Leave a Comment 

Veteran outfielder Shane Victorino signed with the Chicago Cubs on a minor league deal with an invite to spring training on Friday, according to Bruce Levine of WSCR. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com confirmed the report.  Victorino, 35, struggled in 2015, playing in just 71 games between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels. He hit .230 with one home run, seven RBI and 19 runs scored, his worst numbers since very early in his career.  Injuries have plagued Victorino in his later years, as he's missed 263 games in the past three years. But the two-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion is ...

Trevor Cahill Re-Signs with Cubs: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

December 7, 2015 by Timothy Rapp · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs re-signed relief pitcher Trevor Cahill to a one-year, $4.25 million contract on Monday, per Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com confirmed the report, adding the deal is pending a physical.   Cahill, 27, went 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, two holds and 36 strikeouts in 43.1 innings pitched last season in stints with the Atlanta Braves and the Cubs. While he struggled with Atlanta, he was excellent in Chicago, notching a 2.12 ERA and 0.76 WHIP in 11 appearances. He also went 1-1 in six postseason appearances, giving up two earned runs in 5.1 innings. Cahill ...

Biggest Takeaways from Jon Lester’s Introductory Press Conference with Cubs

December 15, 2014 by Timothy Rapp · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs officially introduced starting pitcher Jon Lester as the newest member of the organization on Monday afternoon.    Fox Sports: MLB captured the moment on Twitter:One thing that isn't clear in that picture is the number Lester chose, No. 34. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune explained the significance:It's certainly no mistake that Lester chose the number of the last great Cubs ace. The expectations that come along with this signing are obviously high, and Theo Epstein certainly didn't pretend otherwise as he was introducing Lester, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today:Lester wasn't backing away from those expectations, per Dylan McGorty of 120 Sports:His ...

Biggest Takeaways from Joe Maddon’s Introductory Press Conference with Cubs

November 3, 2014 by Timothy Rapp · Leave a Comment 

With one mantra during his introductory press conference on Monday as the new manager of the Chicago Cubs, Joe Maddon aptly summed up why he's the perfect man to lead a talented young team to prominence.     "Don't ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure," Maddon said on MLB Network. "That's on the top of my lineup card every night."        If they were hollow words, perhaps they wouldn't have resonated, but coming from one of the more eccentric and exuberant personalities in the game renowned for his outside-the-box thinking—and aimed at an organization that has suffered a World Series drought dating back ...

Javier Baez Promoted by Cubs: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

August 4, 2014 by Timothy Rapp · 1 Comment 

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5 The Chicago Cubs confirmed Javier Baez's inclusion in tonight's lineup: Original Text The Chicago Cubs haven't had a playoff contender to look forward to come August and September in some time, but the winds of change are blowing in the Windy City. Maybe not for this season, but the organization is loaded with promising young talents in the farm system.    And Cubs fans will be getting an extended look at one of them this season, as dynamic prospect Javier Baez will be joining the team: Mike Axisa of CBS Sports has more on what Baez has done in his young ...

Chicago City Council Approves $500 Million Renovation of Wrigley Field

July 24, 2013 by Timothy Rapp · Leave a Comment 

Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs and one of the United States' most famous sporting venues, is about to get a few renovations.    Wednesday, July 24, at 3:37 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo The Chicago Cubs have released conceptual illustrations of their renovations (photos courtesy of The Huffington Post): ---End of Update---   From ABC7 Chicago: According to John Byrne of the Chicago Tribune, "The owners plan to spend $300 million for renovations to the historic ballpark and an additional $200 million on neighborhood development including the hotel at Clark and Addison streets." Byrne notes that the new renovation will include more advertising within Wrigley, the aforementioned ...

Jorge Soler’s Ejection Puts Black Eye on Otherwise Excellent Start to Season

April 11, 2013 by Timothy Rapp · Leave a Comment 

Jorge Soler was having an excellent start to the season for the Class-A Daytona Cubs. But on Wednesday night, he ensured the start of his season would be remembered for a much more troubling incident.From Brian Linder of the Daytona Beach News-Journal:It only took Daytona's Jorge Soler a few seconds to make it from his dugout to that of the Clearwater Threshers following the seventh inning of his team's 14-9 extra-inning loss Wednesday night. But considering the fact that Soler—a 21-year-old who was given a nine-year, $30-million contract by the Cubs last year—was wielding a bat as he charged across the field at Jackie ...

Erin Andrews and the 15 Sexiest MLB Reporters

April 7, 2011 by Timothy Rapp · Leave a Comment 

Baseball and basketball are well-known for the many sideline reporters that pepper their broadcasts. Hockey utilizes an ice-level reporter found in-between the benches.And baseball?Well, baseball is getting there.But when ESPN utilizes Erin Andrews as a field reporter during baseball broadcasts, you know there is hope that gorgeous field reporters will soon be gracing baseball games on a more regular basis.So in that spirit, we've compiled 15 of the most beautiful women ever to cover America's Pastime, either on the field or in the studio.Play ball!Begin Slideshow

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