Archive for the ‘game of baseball’ Category

Ron Santo and Kerry Wood’s 20-K game

The celebration of the life of Ron Santo has been wall to wall on WGN radio. It’s been really great to hear all the stories (some for the first time) and to hear tons of audio replays from the Pat & Ron Show (aka Cubs baseball radio broadcasts). Today WGN replayed the Kerry Wood 20-strikeout […]

December 4, 2010  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Chicago, game of baseball, observations, oldschool, players, the media  One Comment

Observations on Chicago Baseball Managers

Mike Quade started off his MLB managerial career off with a bang, posting one of the best beginnings in Cubs franchise history. I wonder now if some of the luster has worn off. He’s lost Geovany Soto, Tyler Colvin, and Carlos Silva for the year. Now two of the club’s most dependable starters get blown […]

September 25, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, coaching, controversy, game of baseball, Jim Hendry, manager, observations, rivalries  No Comments

Doug Glanville new book and appearances

Former Cubs outfielder Doug Glanville is one of my favorite baseball writers. Educated at Penn, the Ivy Leaguer writes about baseball from an insider’s perspective for the New York Times, contributes on-air to ESPN television and appears on countless other radio and television shows. Not only is he a fine writer, but he brings the […]

May 10, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: book, game of baseball, news, oldschool, players  No Comments

Batting practice photos

Batting practice has just concluded. It’s chilly and the guys were pretty bundled up but I was able to get a few photos.

May 8, 2010  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: feature, game day, game of baseball, live report, Minor League Baseball  One Comment

The Pat Hughes Interview revisited

Last spring, Pat Hughes was kind enough to do an interview with me for CubHub.net. With opening day looming, I think it’s worth re-visiting the interview again this year… Just as the Cubs opened spring training camp 2009, Pat Hughes, the Voice of the Chicago Cubs on WGN Radio was kind enough to take some […]

April 1, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: game of baseball, interview, observations, the media, tradition  No Comments

Ryne Sandberg is being groomed

Cubs Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg is certainly being groomed for the big chair. Question is, whether he will get a shot to manage in the major leagues in a Cubs uniform. At first glance timing may appear ideal with Lou Piniella in his final year as manager and Ryno now being assigned […]

December 8, 2009  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, game of baseball, Lou Piniella, Minor League Baseball, observations, Team Ownership  No Comments

Michael Jordan at Wrigley Field

Here’s a little something for your enjoyment. A friend on Facebook posted this YouTube video of Michael Jordan playing in the 1994 Cubs-Sox Crosstown Classic exhibition game at Wrigley Field. This 9 minute video features Harry Caray’s pre-game interview with MJ followed by each of his at-bats and key plays. Michael was humbled by playing […]

October 1, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Chicago, game of baseball, oldschool, rivalries, the media, tradition  No Comments

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

I’ve always wondered how effective those throws were, statistically speaking. Especially the half-hearted lobs that allow the runner to casually stroll back to the bag without a play.  Here’s what John Dewan has to say…   Are throws to first to hold the runner a waste of time? A fast runner is at first and […]

August 31, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: game of baseball, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

Josh Vitters and the Peoria Chiefs

The Cubs number one pick in the 2007 amateur draft was a hitter/3rd baseman, Josh Vitters. He is presently hitting .321 with 13 HRs for the Peoria Chiefs (A-ball minor league affiliate). Last weekend the Chiefs were in Geneva IL playing the Kane County Cougars. I went to the game to take a look at the future […]

June 14, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: game day, game of baseball, Minor League Baseball, observations, players  One Comment

On the Cubs beat with Bruce Miles

Possibly one of the great jobs to have is that of beat writer for a major league baseball team. Free tickets, great seats, access to all aspects of the game… my view from the cheap seats (i.e. as a blogger) is being a beat writer is a great gig to have. That may well be, but of […]

April 26, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: book, feature, game of baseball, interview, the media  No Comments