Today Ice Cube continued the Wrigley Field tradition of rappers performing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” in an ear-splittingly bad manner. How bad was it, ma’am?
After a sluggish start to the summer, the Cubs are now riding a six-game winning streak that has them just one game back of first place in the NL Central. Cool! To celebrate, they’ve adopted a distinctly dorky performance to mark getting on base. Less cool!
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left today’s game against the Braves almost as soon as it started. Bryant slapped a first-inning double off R.A. Dickey, then tried to take third on a passed ball, although he was picked off by Tyler Flowers to end the inning. While sliding into third, his left hand got caught on Johan…
The White Sox’s trade of starter Jose Quintana to the Cubs for four minor leaguers went down with remarkable secrecy, with no leaks and no rumors that the teams were even working on it. (It later emerged that Rick Hahn and Theo Epstein ducked backstage at the All-Star FanFest to talk business.) Well, almost no leaks.
The Chicago White Sox announced today that they have traded 28-year-old ace pitcher José Quintana to the fucking Chicago Cubs, who are basically worse than the St. Louis Cardinals at this point.
It was a rough first inning for the Cubs’ Jon Lester today. He took the mound at 1:10 p.m. and promptly gave up a leadoff single to Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison. A groundout and a walk put runners on first and second with one out and David Freese at the plate. This is precisely when it all went to shit.
The Chicago Cubs visited the White House today to take a few pictures and hear some good conversation. In one of those pictures, outfielder Albert Almora Jr. looked as if he may have kind of, sort of vaguely been flipping the bird to the whole enterprise:
The Chicago Cubs are in D.C. to play the Nationals tonight, and many members of the team traveled to the White House to visit Donald Trump this morning. This was not a traditional post-championship visit—the Cubs went to the White House while Barack Obama was in office after winning the World Series—but rather an…
Cubs catcher Miguel Montero has yet to throw out a base stealer this season, as runners are a perfect 31-for-31 with him behind the plate. Montero caught six innings against the Nationals last night, and they ran wild on him, stealing seven bases in just four innings. Four of those steals belonged to Trea Turner, who…
Javier Báez showed off his range in the third inning against the Nationals tonight, leaping to snare a ball that seemingly was all but guaranteed to find the gap and become a hit. That he made it look so easy is just testament to how smooth a fielder he is:
Earlier this month, MLB announced they would be looking into claims that Cubs shortstop Addison Russell had abused his wife. Melisa Russell accused her husband of cheating on her in a post on Instagram, and a friend of hers claimed in the comments that Addison had hit her in front of their kids. Melisa’s attorneys …
Since MLB created new rules a few years ago to protect catchers and limit unnecessary hard contact in plays at the plate, we’ve seen fewer and fewer collisions. But we got one tonight, courtesy of Anthony Rizzo and Austin Hedges, and San Diego is steamed about the way it played out.
Matt Harvey’s night started badly with a leadoff dinger by Anthony Rizzo, got worse with a home run by Ian Happ, and got much worse with a towering moon shot from Kyle Schwarber in the fourth inning. At 467 feet, this one was just one foot shy of the stadium record:
Cubs rookie Ian Happ went 1-for-5 last night with a walk, a grand slam, and four strikeouts during the Cubs’ 14-3 beatdown over the Mets. That makes him, per Baseball Reference, one of only five players in baseball history to hit a grand slam and earn a Golden Sombrero in a single game.
While the Cubs were playing the Marlins last night, Addison Russell’s wife, Melisa, shared an Instagram post in which she claimed that Russell had cheated on her. In the comments of that post, a friend of Melisa’s accused him of being physically and emotionally abusive.
The Cubs have been hovering around the .500 mark all season, following their championship with a performance that’s alternately been reminiscent of last year’s dominance and, uh, very much not so. A week after it looked like they might have finally hit their stride—winning seven of ten to launch them over the…
Jake Arrieta began 2016 with several starts that fit perfectly with the precedent established by his über-dominant, Cy Young-winning 2015. But those stopped a few months into the season, and he’s looked like a different pitcher since. From last year’s All-Star break to his most recent outing this week, several ticks…
The Giants-Cubs series in Chicago ended last night when Joe Panik struck out looking on a breaking ball on the outside corner. The Cubs were up 5-4 and the Giants were threatening with a man on second and two outs. Panik held on for a 3-2 count through six pitches, but Wade Davis finally got him with a curveball:
Have you heard about David Ross?
Kyle Schwarber is a big dude who smacks big home runs, and tonight, he painted his masterpiece. Johnny Cueto sailed in a 90 MPH pitch and Schwarber got every bit of it, sending it 470 feet to right field. According to Statcast, it’s the longest cuadrangular of Schwarber’s career.