1. 100 HR At Wrigley Field

    Huge relief Derrek Lee’s right thumb checked out okay after Monday’s game. He’s the only guy hitting with any consistency…6-for-19 on the opening road trip…and 2-for-3 Monday...

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  2. Chicago Cubs Home Opener

    Despite the first week of the season, Monday is a great day to be a Cubs fan–it’s the club’s 95th home opener! Hasn’t been pretty the last six years, Cubs are just 2-4 in the home lid-lifters...

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  3. Cubs' Season Is Not Early

    Don’t tell me the season is early. Leave that for pitchers and catchers reporting in February…and meaningless games in March. That’s early...

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  4. Zambrano Is Reds Daddy

    Very cool that Carlos Zambrano let Kosuke Fukudome pick out the pre-game clubhouse music Saturday. The Fuk went with the Japanese band Funky Monkey Babys…and no, I’ve never heard of them, either...

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  5. Carlos Silva No Milton Bradley

    So much for the ghost of Milton Bradley. Carlos Silva was outstanding Friday. He’s already exceeded my expectations…seriously, I thought the guy would get canned in Mesa...

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  6. Starting Tyler Colvin

    Credit Randy Wells for helping Chicago avoid its first 0-3 start to a season since 1997…when the Cubs rattled off 14-straight losses! Pitching duel through-&-through between ...

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  7. You Know That's Chipper, Right?

    Yeesh. What a way to start the season. Blowout on Monday…heartbreaker on Wednesday. It’s like watching 2009 all over again. Quality start…faulty bullpen…no runs...

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  8. Dempster Vs. DiGeorge Syndrome

    Ryan Dempster had a fantastic spring…2-0, 2.13 ERA and a team-leading 25 strikeouts. But here’s the rub…in 26 career games vs...

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  9. Zambrano Not The Ace

    I hate to say it…but this was typical Zambrano. Big game, big moment…big bust. I’ve been saying it for three seasons: Z is not the staff ace–Ted Roosevelt Lilly is...

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  10. Zambrano's Opening Day History

    Fergie Jenkins & Rick Sutcliffe both started five-straight lid lifters for Chicago. Carlos Zambrano, however, will set the Cubs’ franchise-record with his sixth-consecutive Opening Day start vs...

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  11. Cubs Trading For Middle Relief?

    For the most part it’s been a pleasant and productive spring for the Cubs. Soriano is healthy and out of the leadoff spot–now occupied by Theriot...

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  12. Corey Patterson Returns to Cubs

    Can’t believe Corey Patterson is back with the Cubs. After being dumped by Seattle this week, Patterson opted-out of his contract to become a free agent. Lo and behold…the Cubs came calling with a minor league contract for the 30-year-old...

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  13. Chad Tracy The Best Fit?

    Last year it was Milton Bradley. This year it’s Chad Tracy. Hit from the left side and the Cubs will love you like a curse...

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  14. Randy Wells Will Not Slump

    Why Cubs fans fear a sophomore slump for Randy Wells I don’t know. He showed up early to spring camp…has a perfect 3-0 record in Mesa…and shows no signs of Geovany Soto letdown...

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  15. How Tyler Colvin Made The Cubs

    Credit Tyler Colvin for his superb spring…he earned his spot on the Opening Day roster. Part of me, however, believes Colvin made the club because of how he handled his MBL debut two years ago...

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  16. Jim Edmonds' Comeback

    Jim Edmonds officially made Milwaukee’s 40-man roster this week. That’s pretty cool for a 39-year-old, especially one who sat out last season. It’s a smart move for the Brew Crew, too...

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  17. Cubs In 3D

    Kudos to the NHL for broadcasting the first ever hockey game in 3D. Fans watched from the Madison Square Garden theatre as six state of the art cameras captured the action between the Rangers and Islanders Wed...

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  18. Former Cubs This Spring

    Not that it matters, but I was looking at how some former Cubs are doing this spring. Funny enough, Jerry Hairston Jr. blasted a three-run homer off Rich Harden Sunday...

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  19. Cubs' Spring Numbers Mean What?

    Ryan Theriot’s hitting above .500 and leads all of baseball in batting average. Soriano strung together a six-game hitting streak to push his avg. above .400. Soto is also part of the ...

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  20. Kerry Wood Status Quo

    Kerry Wood has spent 12 seasons in the bigs. He’s also made 12 trips to the DL, and a 13th is in the making. Prognosis: a strained muscle below his lower right shoulder–out 6-8 weeks...

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  21. Kerry Wood Status Quo

    Kerry Wood’s spent 12 seasons in the bigs. He’s also made 12 trips to the DL, and a 13th is in the making. Prognosis: a strained muscle below his lower right shoulder–out 6-8 weeks...

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  22. Bobcat Pride!

    Home Page of SI.com & ESPN.com! Unbelievable. My Ohio Bobcats are officially bracket busters! Not in a million years! Wonder if Bob Brenly, Ohio class of ‘76, picked ...

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  23. Do The Cubs Have Any Bobcat Pride?

    Home Page of SI.com & ESPN.com! This is unbelievable. My Ohio Bobcats are officially bracket busters! Not in a million years! Wonder if Comcast’s & WGN’s very ...

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  24. Toyota Sign At Wrigley Field

    The Cubs are showing serious interest in erecting a Toyota billboard above the left field bleachers. I can already see the crocodile tears welling up in many fan’s eyes, but ...

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  25. There Ain't No Stinking Cub Curse!

    If a 102-year championship drought won’t break your Cubs loyalty, what will? James Wolfe and Mary Ann Presman explore such a scenario in their newest book titled Curse? There ...

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