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cubs close door on possibility of sammy sosa return


whatever chance sammy sosa had of reconciling with the cubs apparently is over. according to multiple sources, sosa’s comments in an interview with blogger chuck wasserstrom were deemed so bizarre it convinced the organization to close the door on the possibility of ending his 13-year exile. in...






until sammy sosa offers cubs transparency, he will keep deluding himself


sammy sosa needs the cubs more than the cubs need sammy sosa. if you don't believe that, you missed sosa's ridiculous assertions tuesday in a blog as he compared himself to jesus christ and claimed to put the tiny burgh of chicago on the map. unless the words include a plea for forgiveness or the...






sammy sosa speaks, but the cubs aren’t listening


sammy sosa speaks about as often as the sphinx these days, but when he does have something to say it’s usually over the top and ready to go viral. on tuesday, sosa chose an unusual outlet, a personal blog former cubs media relations employee chuck wasserstrom writes, to relay his thoughts on his...






sammy sosa feels persecuted over steroid speculation


former cubs star sammy sosa compared himself to jesus christ when asked by a blogger about speculation he took performance-enhancing drugs. “it’s like jesus christ when he came to jerusalem,” sosa told chuckbloggerstrom.com. “everybody thought jesus christ was a witch (laughing) — and he was our...






sammy sosa compares himself to jesus christ


the cubs and major league baseball once thought they had a savior in sammy sosa. but the former slugger would have you believe he was more like jesus christ in baseball spikes.






can someone help sammy sosa with his cross?


sammy sosa still doesn’t get it. but then, someone who compares the suspicion surrounding his use of performance-enhancing drugs to the persecution of jesus christ wouldn’t be expected to have much of a clue. “it’s like jesus christ when he came to jerusalem,” sosa told chuckblogerstrom.com. “everybody...






tim howard “close” to return to rapids, shkëlzen gashi expected to be available


colorado rapids goalkeeper tim howard on tuesday said he's close to a return to the lineup and did not rule out the possibility of suiting up saturday against the new york red bulls.






sammy davis jr. on manischewitz almond flavored wine


manischewitz makes some vile flavors of kosher wine, but sammy davis jr. makes almond sound like a good idea. earlier, pesco shared this fantastic sammy & suntory spot.






cubs' kyle schwarber has carefree day in return to outfield


most of the cubs regulars were hanging at sloan park with the championship trophy saturday, taking their bows for last year's world series success at one of their two cactus league openers. some of the others were sent 7.6 miles north to scottsdale stadium, where the cubs played the giants. "the...






frank thomas 'not happy' suspected ped users getting into hall of fame


barry bonds and roger clemens might as well be in the hall of fame, as far as frank thomas is concerned. sammy sosa, too. thomas, who was elected in 2014, has been outspoken about keeping the doors to the cooperstown, n.y., baseball shrine closed to those who have been suspected of using performance-enhancing...






theo epstein connects off ryan dempster in an epic showdown


while david ross was practicing his footwork for “dancing with the stars,” cubs president theo epstein was moonlighting as a major league hitter this week at cubs spring training. epstein decided to jump into the cage monday against former cubs starter ryan dempster, who is making a cameo return...






li often closes the ethics barn door after the horse is gone


ever notice how too many long island municipalities rush, and with great fanfare, to close the barn door? but too often it's after the horses escape.






gimmicks to return to cubs' workouts


joe maddon wasn't sure if the mimes were returning to the under armour performance center, but the chicago cubs' manager said gimmicks like the ones used during last spring will continue. "magicians are ok," maddon said tuesday on the eve of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. "you can...






cubs playing it safe with spring training injuries


with opening night more than four weeks away, the chicago cubs are in no need to rush some of their injured players. anthony rizzo was a late scratch from thursday's lineup because of lower back stiffness, a minor ailment he's coped with in the past. it's uncertain whether rizzo will return to...






at a newspaper in boyle heights, teenagers learn about their community — and the


diego flores went door to door.  but nobody, it seemed, wanted to speak to a journalist.  “maybe i can leave my number for your manager and he can call me?” he asked one shopkeeper.  “what if i set up an appointment and return?” he asked another. this was the first time the 16-year-old was out on...






rick renteria's return to cubs complex sparks talk of a beer with joe maddon


white sox manager rick renteria returned to sloan park on monday for his first matchup against the team he was supposed to take to the world series. there were no hugs with his former cubs players before the 4-4 tie because renteria is not big on pregame fraternization. he said he tells his players:...






cubs recap: cubs 7, royals 3


the cubs amassed 12 hits wednesday in a 7-3 victory over the royals at surprise stadium. at the plate: cubs prospects were on display in the ninth. jacob hannemann hit an rbi double, chesny young followed with an rbi single and top prospect eloy jimenez hit an rbi single during a three-run rally....






sunday's recap: cubs 1, indians 1


many of the cubs' regular position players received the day off as the cubs and indians played to a 1-1 tie sunday at sloan park in their first meeting since the 2016 world series. at the plate: eloy jimenez isn't projected to reach the majors until 2019, but the cubs' top prospect continues to...






sunday's recap: cubs 1, indians 1


many of the cubs’ regulars received the day off following saturday’s split-squad action as the cubs and indians played to a 1-1 tie sunday at sloan park in a rematch of the 2016 world series. at the plate: eloy jimenez isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2019, but the cubs’ top prospect continues...






cubs will give backup pitchers a long look even after making way for rotation


as the cubs' four returning starting pitchers make their cactus league debuts over the next four days, manager joe maddon will be paying close attention to the pitchers who follow them, as well as those pitching in b games. starting pitching depth is a major concern for maddon in the wake of the...






montero less disgruntled in return as cubs backup


mesa, ariz. (ap) — miguel montero produced one of the biggest hits of the chicago cubs’ championship run in the game that decided it all, and now he’s preparing again for life as a backup catcher. it’s not easy — this competitor wants nothing more than to play every day. montero figures to start behind […]






experience, farm system, money: same factors in play for cubs, indians to return


when indians general manager chris antonetti crosses paths sunday with cubs counterparts theo epstein and jed hoyer at sloan park on sunday, they can share a laugh over their stressful state during the rain delay before the 10th inning of game 7 of the 2016 world series. "i remember the look on...






cubs, indians locked in scoreless tie after 3


cubs 0, indians 0 (fourth inning) many of the cubs’ regular position players received the day off following saturday’s split-squad action as the cubs and indians are locked in a scoreless tie after three innings sunday at sloan park in a rematch of the 2016 world series. at the plate: eloy jimenez...






saturday's recap: cubs 4, athletics 3; giants 8, cubs 6


matt szczur hit a two-run single to highlight a three-run second inning saturday as the cubs beat the athletics 4-3 in a split-squad spring training game at sloan park. javier baez went 2-for-3 with a double, but the giants scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth to beat the cubs 8-6 at scottsdale...






anthony rizzo, rob zastryzny hurt, cubs trail reds 2-0 in 4th


reds 2, cubs 0 (fourth inning) without the services of first baseman anthony rizzo, the cubs trail the reds 2-0 after 3 1/2 innings thursday at goodyear ballpark. at the plate: without rizzo due to lower back stiffness, the cubs adjusted their lineup and moved addison russell to the cleanup spot....






cubs maintain financial reserves for midseason upgrades


after adding brett anderson, eddie butler and alec mills over the last three weeks, general manager jed hoyer said the cubs currently don't have any deals looming. but the cubs are mindful about the length of the season, so they have some built-in financial flexibility as they did last july when...






giants regret lost chance to oust cubs in nlds


the cubs ended their world series drought, but some giants -- including former cubs shortstop shawon dunston -- are convinced that they would've prevailed in the nl division series if they had only survived to a decisive game 5.






now a national brand, cubs will be challenged to avoid distractions


the cubs may wear the name of their city on their road jerseys, but it's a stretch to believe this is still just chicago's team. a championship season, a slew of young, telegenic stars and a celebrity manager have turned the cubs into a national phenomenon, much like the 1985 bears, albeit without...






orphaned bear cubs released into wild


reno, nev. (ap) — four orphaned bear cubs have been released back into the wild after nearly a year in nevada state custody. ktvn-tv reports (http://bit.ly/2llzbeb ) that the nevada department of wildlife rescued the cubs after they were found near a home about 10 months ago. the cubs — two males and two females […]






cubs pick 'that's cub' as 2017 slogan


the cubs started a new marketing slogan, "that's cub," this month, but the phrase's origin goes back to 2013. minor-league players came up with the term to define team expectations. "they meant it in a very positive way," said alison miller, cubs marketing vice president. "so a guy hits a ground...






joe maddon sets the tone for the 2017 cubs: humility


dressed for a vaudeville rehearsal more than baseball practice, cubs strength coach tim buss strutted to the center of a team circle monday carrying a cane, sporting a top hat and plaid blazer, wearing gold chains around his neck. "all bling and show,'' cubs veteran ben zobrist said. all part of...






white sox, cubs play to 4-4 tie


cubs 4, white sox 4  chesny young hit a two-run single with two out in the seventh inning but took a called third strike from juan minaya with the winning run at third in the bottom of the ninth inning as the white sox and cubs played to a 4-4 tie monday at sloan park.    at the plate: white sox...






thursday's recap: reds 6, cubs 2


the cubs pulled left-hander rob zastryzny in the bottom of the third shortly after he suffered a bruised right calf, and the reds cruised to a 6-2 victory thursday at goodyear ballpark. at the plate: without anthony rizzo because of lower-back stiffness, the cubs moved addison russell to the cleanup...






two giants roster hopefuls will receive the ultimate baseball novelty: a chicago


neil ramirez and tim federowicz weren't on the chicago cubs' playoff roster, but they contributed during the season -- and that means the cubs' traveling secretary recently asked for their ring size.






with championship drought over, ‘that’s cub’ has new meaning


mesa, ariz. (ap) — a lot has changed for the chicago cubs in the past year. right down to team mantras. for the better part of 108 years, blowing a shot at a championship was met by shrugs and a feeling of, “that’s just the cubs.” the cubs arrive this week at sloan park as […]