Fans at Wrigley Field protest the potential players strike in August 1994 Getty Images

The Great Baseball Strike of 1994


It was 25 years ago this past Monday that the 1994 Major League Baseball season came to a sudden, unplanned and wretched end. The last 52 days and 668 games of the regular season and, for the first time, the playoffs and the World Series. It was no loss for Cubs fans; the Cubbies were unusually…

Kerry Wood strikes out Jeff Bagwell May 6, 1998

It Was 20 Years Ago Today…


Today is the 20th Anniversary of Cubs’ pitcher Kerry Wood’s 5th major league start. Against the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field, he struck out 20 batters, a National League record. Watch Kerry Wood buckle Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell‘s knees on this third strike. WC, of course, is a huge Cubs fan. There aren’t a…

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Eamus Catuli for 2017


Hey Ernie, Let’s play two. Two baseball posts in one day, that is. Besides, this is too cute not to pass along. Eamus Catuli is is very bad Latin for “Let’s Go Cubs.”  Well, more like “We go for the young whelps,” but the Romans had only limited contact with American baseball. The Lakeview Baseball…

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The game probably took five years off WC’s life, but after more than a century of futility, and 43 years of breaking WC’s heart, the Cubs overcame all the demons and won the World Series.

Genuine Wrigley Field bleacher seats and 1906 replica jersey

WC Has Been Here Before


The Cubs and clinch the National League pennant tonight by beating the Dodgers. That would set the first four digits of the Eamus Catulli counter to zeroes. That would be for the first time since before WC’s parents met. WC spent some time in his bleacher seats, purchased at the 1983 remodel of Wrigley. WC has…

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It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on…

How to Have a Perfect Evening


Sometimes, even in the middle of the week, you can have a perfect evening. First, your baseball team shuts out the opposing team in a sudden-death playoff. That’s right, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 to advance to the National League Divisional Series. Cubs’ ace pitcher Jake Arrieta shut down the Pirates’ offense,…

Wrigley Field, September 23, 2015

R.I.P. Ernie Banks, 1931-2015


WC watched Ernie Banks play his last game. September 25, 1971, the Cubs hopelessly mired in the bottom half of the National League East, the 40-year old Banks was playing with the bad knees that had forced him from shortstop to first base to sometime substitute, but there was still utter, child-like joy in every…

Fergie Jenkins of the Chicago Cubs pitches in a game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on…

Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

Another Reason to Be a Fan


WC, of course, is a Cubs’ fan. Everyone is entitled to a little masochism. And this season the Cubs are pretty awful. Every now and then they’ll flash a little class and impress you, but mostly it’s been a long year of long losing streaks. Five losses in a row, seven losses in a row.…

Who says the Cubs can't hit?

The Onion on the Cubs


Sometimes The Onion goes through satire and out the other side. Thursday’s piece on the Chicago Cubs. Child Shown Field Where Cubs Suck SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF • Sports • Baseball • ISSUE 50•14 • Apr 10, 2014 CHICAGO—Visiting for the first time in his young life, 9-year-old Jacob Tendering was reportedly shown the field where his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, suck every home…

There Are Worse Things Than Being a Cubs Fan

Cubs Tied for First!


WC’s Opening Day Checklist √ Watch classic baseball movie, Bull Durham. √ Listen to the late Steve Goodman’s “Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request” √ Dust off the genuine Wrigley Field bleacher seats in the garage √ Renew subscription to MLB Baseball Mobile Edition √ Check the standings for the first time in 2014 YES! The…

President Obama Awards Ernie Banks the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Hey, Hey! Mr. Cub Gets Medal of Freedom


Can we wash the bad taste of Alex Rodriguez out of our mouths with some positive news about a baseball player? Ernie Banks is one of the greatest baseball players to ever wear a Cubs uniform. A Baseball Hall of Fame member, a wonderful spokesperson for the Cubs organization, a genuinely great human being, he…

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It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on…

The Great American Game


Louise Neathway, a/k/a Louise Meanwell, claims to be the former mistress of Brian Cashman, general manager of the New York Yankees.  Neathway also claims that in pillow talk with Cashman, the Yankees’ GM told her he intentionally misled federal investigators during the Roger Clemens investigation, knew of Yankees’ players’ steroid use and was ambivalent to…

Cubs Tied for First!


WC’s Opening Day Checklist √ Watch classic baseball movie, Bull Durham. √ Listen to the late Steve Goodman’s “Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request” √ Dust off the genuine Wrigley Field bleacher seats in the garage √ Renew subscription to MLB Baseball Mobile Edition √ Check the standings for the first time in 2013 YES! The Cubs…

R.I.P. Virgil “Fire” Trucks, 1917-2013


Back in the early 1970s, WC studied antitrust law under Prof. Paul Slater. Prof. Slater had been involved in parts of the baseball antitrust litigation. Slater was also a Chicago Cubs fan, and would take some of us up to do baseball antitrust work in the bleachers at Wrigley Field. These field trips usually involved…

2012 in Review: Sports


The Big News in sports for 2012 was the NFL’s sudden realization discovery that football is bad for you. Specifically, that serial concussions work terrible damage to the brains of its athletes. Not that the NFL is actually admitting anything; there are lawsuits, after all, and we can’t have any damaging admissions. The NFL is…