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Tag:Cubs
Posted on: June 11, 2010 5:56 pm
 

Sign of the times at Wrigley


The Cubs hosted a game Friday for the first time since the addition of a large Toyota sign that hovers over the left-field bleachers at Wrigley Field. The Cubs got final approval from the city to erect the sign on Wednesday and had it in place the next day.

One of Wrigley's notable features has been the absence, or at least minimalism, of advertising. Very few ads within the ballpark are visible from the seating bowl (the rooftops or surrounding buildings another story), and the ones that are, such as ads on the outfield wall, are hardly noticeable, particularly in comparison to the other 29 major league ballparks.

At 360 square feet, the Toyota sign, which will light up red at night, is by far the most prominent ad to appear at Wrigley in modern times. Obviously the move has generated passionate debate in Chicago, where Wrigley is a subject of reverance for many.

Even the Chicago Tribune is split over the issue. In a blog on architecture and urban spaces, Blair Kamin argues that the sign is an unwelcome addition , springing up from the low-slung ballpark like "a giant red Jack in the Box."

Tribune sports columnist Phil Rogers tells Cubs fans to get over it:

"The lack of advertising at Wrigley is still a throwback feature of the park. Remember the fight to add the eight extra rows onto the outfield bleacher seats? Or the one over luxury boxes? Or lights? Yeah, those things have really ruined the place, haven't they? The thing that will ruin it is bad baseball on a yearly basis."

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Tags: Cubs
 
Posted on: June 11, 2010 3:39 pm
 

No. 300 for Soriano


Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has just hit his 300th career home run, connecting against Jake Peavy of the White Sox in the second inning at Wrigley Field.

Soriano is the second Cub to hit his 300th this week -- Derrek Lee did it Wednesday. They are the 126th and 127th members of the 300 Club.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 12:51 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 1:17 pm
 

Angry Piniella rips broadcaster


As someone who has been present for more than a few Lou Piniella tirades, I can tell you it is one of the more entertaining experiences a baseball writer can have. So I would love to have been in the room today when the Cubs' manager unloaded after being criticized by White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone.

Stone recently took issue with Piniella's handling of rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin. Piniella did not take kindly, as chronicled by the Chicago Tribune .

"We've got a lot of people here that haven't managed and won any games in the big leagues, but they know everything. You know? They really do," Piniella said in a pregame session with Cubs writers. "I think they should try to put the uniform and try this job and see how they like it when they get criticized unjustly. That's all I've got to say about that issue.

"But you get tired of it. I'm trying to do the best job I possibly can and the only people I need to listen to are the people in my organization, that's it. But I get tired of being nitpicked and tired of being criticized unjustly."

Piniella wasn't done.

"Steve Stone? He's got enough problems doing what he does with the White Sox. What job has he had in baseball besides talking on television or radio? What has he done?

"Why isn't he a farm director and bring some kids around? Why isn't he a general manager, and put the uniform on and been a pitching coach? Why hasn't he been a field manager? There's 30 teams out there that could use a guy's expertise like that. I'm tired of some of these guys, I really am."

Best of all, the White Sox and Cubs begin a series today at Wrigley Field, so Piniella and Stone are sure to cross paths this weekend.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:12 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Are interleague 'rivalries' still relevant?


Interleague play opens up again Friday and yet again I'm underwhelmed by the Reds-Royals, Mets-Orioles and Pirates-Tigers.

But it's not just those mashups of also-rans that have begun to bore -- anyone excited for Cubs-White Sox? A's-Giants? Dodgers-Angels? Aren't those the reasons we're still stuck with a bastardized schedule? OK, it's Mets-Yankees and nothing else.

Every time this argument comes up, we're pointed toward interleague attendance numbers, without noting that most of those dates are summer nights on the weekend -- nights when teams would draw regardless of the visiting Royals or Pirates.

So what's on tap this weekend for our interleague overlords?

White Sox at Cubs: Nurse that hangover from the Blackhawks parade at Wrigley. What does it say that the NHL in June will overshadow one of the prime interleague matchups? Everything, really.

Astros at Yankees: Loser has to claim Roger Clemens?

• Mets at Orioles: When the Wilpons and Peter Angelos get together, there are no winners. Really.

• Pirates at Tigers: Well, there will be two nice looking uniforms on display.

Nationals at Indians: Yes, they're going to play twice before Steven Strasburg pitches. But one relevant game out of three ain't bad.

• Royals at Reds: The first-place Reds 24th in home attendance. There's only one way to solve that -- a visit by the Royals.

Phillies at Red Sox: OK, I'll admit, this should be a good series. Boston plays in front of sold-out crowds every night, so it's not like this is going to help the gate.

Braves at Twins: Two of the best debuts of 2010 (non-Strasnurg division), Target Field and Jason Heyward meet.

Rangers at Brewers: Does any argument about interleague play hold up when it involves the Brewers?

Blue Jays at Rockies: I got nothing... Blue Jays. Rockies. That's enough.

Mariners at Padres:
Two great ballparks, two awesome cities, one good team.

Angels at Dodgers: If you live in Southern California and want to see the Angels, you've got 81 chances.

• A's at Giants: See above, substitute "Southern" for "Northern."

Oh, the excitement.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 10:14 pm
 

Lee hits 300th career homer


Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee hit the 300th home run of his career in the fifth inning of the Cubs game against the Brewers. Lee's home run was the first of three in the inning for the Cubs, and the third of five for the game at the time.

Lee hit a 2-1 pitch off of Randy Wolf with one out and one on. Marlon Byrd followed Lee's homer with his second of the game. Geovany Soto also has two home runs.

Lee's teammate, Alfonso Soriano, came into the gmae with 299 career home runs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 8:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm
 

Familiar surnames in draft


Through 50 rounds of the MLB Draft, several familiar names -- or at least last names -- are picked . Among those kin to current or former big-leaguers drafted:

• Delino Deshields Jr. (1st round, Astros), son of Delino Deshields.
• Cam Bedrosian (1st round, Angels), son of Steve Bedrosian.
• Kellen Sweeney (2nd round, Blue Jays), brother of Mark Sweeney.
• Mel Rojas Jr. (3rd round, Pirates), son of Mel Rojas.
• Cory Vaughn (4th round, Mets), son of Greg Vaughn.
• James Baldwin III (4th round, Dodgers), son of James Baldwin.
• Dickie Thon Jr. (5th round, Blue Jays), son of Dickie Thon.
• Connor Narron (5th round, Orioles), son of Jerry Narron.
• Drew Cisco (6th round, Reds), grandson of Galen Cisco.
• Patrick Leyland (8th round, Tigers), son of Jim Leyland.
• Benjamin Gamel (9th round, Yankees), brother of Mat Gamel.
• JaDamion Williams (10th round, Twins), son of Reggie Williams.
• Reggie Williams Jr. (10th round, Cardinals), son of Reggie Williams.
• Hunter Jones (11th round, Indians), son of Tracy Jones.
• Josh Magee (18th round, Astros), son of Wendell Magee.
• Dillon Moyer (22nd round, Twins), son of Jamie Moyer.
• Ozney Guillen (22nd round, White Sox), son of Ozzie Guillen.
• Mark Tracy (22nd round, Rockies), son of Jim Tracy.
• Bryan Harper (28th round, Cubs), brother of Bryce Harper.
• Brett Bochy (30th round, Giants), son of Bruce Bochy.
• Benito Santiago Jr. (31st round, Cubs), son of Benito Santiago.
• Andy Fermin (32nd round, Blue Jays), son of Felix Fermin.
• Devon Ethier (32nd round, Dodgers), brother of Andre Ethier.
• Logan Thompson (33rd round, Indians), son of Robby Thompson.
• Andrew Benes (35th round, Cardinals), son of Andy Benes, nephew of Alan Benes.
• Bobby Geren (36th round, A's), son of Bob Geren.
• Jake May (39th round, Reds), grandson of Lee May.
• Bo McClendon (39th round, Tigers), son of Lloyd McClendon.
• John Franco (42nd round, Mets), son of John Franco.
• Chad Wallach (43rd round, Dodgers), son of Tim Wallach.
• Benjamin Verlander (46th round, Tigers), brother of Justin Verlander.
• Joesph Jackson (50th round, Royals), great-great-grandnephew of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 5:48 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 5:50 pm
 

Cubs put Ramirez on DL, promote Tracy


The Cubs put third baseman Aramis Ramirez on the disabled list today, hoping some time off will allow his bruised left thumb to heal. The thumb has been bothering Ramirez -- who is batting just .168 -- for much of the season. He had sat out the past two games.

Taking his spot on the roster is infielder Chad Tracy, recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Tracy was with the Cubs early in the season and optioned out May 7. Since then he's been on a tear for Iowa, batting .396 in 26 games.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:24 am
Edited on: June 9, 2010 12:48 pm
 

Chicago wins award for awkwardness


On Friday, the Cubs and White Sox will open their Chicago showdown series with something new at stake -- a trophy that will go to the winner of the series each season. It was announced with much fanfare on April 26.

Less than a week later, an oil pipeline burst under the Gulf of Mexico.

What does that have to do with a trophy in Chicago? The trophy is called the BP Crosstown Cup, and it's sponsored for the next three years by British Petroleum. The sponsorship agreement is staying in place, but the Cubs have scaled back the unveiling of the cup at Wrigley Field before Friday's game.

"We're trying to stand behind our sponsor, but at the same time be respectful of what's happening off the ballfield," Cubs spokesman Kevin Saghy told the Chicago Sun-Times .

-- David Andriesen




Category: MLB
Tags: Cubs, White Sox
 
 
 
 
 
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