Cubs, WGN Radio to end 89-year relationship

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

They say the first 80 years of a marriage are the toughest. The Chicago Cubs and WGN Radio made it that far in their relationship, but it turns out there will be no ninth decade of the arrangement. Chicago media guru Robert Feder confirmed Tuesday night that the two sides will ...

Cubs targeting catcher Max Pentecost with No. 4 overall pick

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

"Are you interested in being a Chicago Cub at the No. 4 pick in the draft?" That, according to a friend of Rumors and Rants, was the question posed to Kennesaw State catcher Max Pentecost by Cubs president Theo Epstein in a conversation this week. It would appear Pentecost didn't say ...

Why Wrigley Field still matters at 100

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Most stadiums are just places to put butts. Like a living organism, it takes time for these inanimate objects to grow into something more meaningful. The majority of Major League ballparks have not yet had this opportunity — 24 of the 30 have been built in my lifetime, and I’m still ...

Cubs add Theodore Roosevelt Lilly to front office

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

We're not ones to mix our presidential metaphors, but it is beginning to look like a Cubs World Series title is (manifest) destiny. See, the last time the Cubs were the kings of the baseball world, Theodore Roosevelt was in office. And after a century of tinkering (hidden Cub pun!) with ...

Chicago Cubs new mascot is, well, a mascot

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Much to the derision of team fans and internet wise guys -- two categories I happen to fit in -- the Chicago Cubs unveiled a team mascot for the first time in decades on Monday. It's easy to see why there was backlash. Clark the Cub is quite a ridiculous looking ...

Mark Prior and Me: A Life Story

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Mark Prior retired from baseball on Tuesday, which probably goes somewhere on this year's list of top "No sh*t, Sherlock" moments. Prior hadn't pitched in the big leagues since 2006, though he has attempted multiple comebacks throughout the years. The end officially came in a hotel lobby at baseball's Winter Meetings, ...

Ted Lilly retires, will baseball recover?

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Major League turnstiles will surely take a hit next season as the game's biggest drawing card, Theodore Roosevelt Lilly, announced his retirement on Wednesday. Lilly was rehabbing in a Venezuelan winter league in hopes of getting back to the majors next spring after being released by the Dodgers this season, but ...

Frank Castillo becomes third ’97 Cubs starting pitcher to die

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The Curse of the Billy Goat has nothing on the unfortunate fates that have befallen the starting pitching rotation of the 1997 Chicago Cubs. On Monday we learned that Frank Castillo became the third member of the 1997 Cubs starting rotation to die at a young age. Castillo, who was 44, ...