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    It’s never too early to post your holiday wish list, especially if you’re a Chicago sports fan grinding through the winter months with the Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks in season and the Cubs and White Sox preparing for the winter meetings. With Black Friday on the horizon, here are 10 things we’re wishing for but unlikely to get. 1. Aaron Judge at Wrigley Field It makes no sense that the San Francisco Giants can afford to sign the free-agent slugger but the Cubs can only window shop. While the Cubs are considered among the top eight or so teams interested in Judge, no one gives them a realistic chance of reeling him in because of President Jed Hoyer’s reluctance to get tied up with a long-term deal. The last time the Cubs signed a top-of-the-line slugger was back in 1987, when Andre Dawson was so eager to play at Wrigley Field, he offered to play at whatever price Cubs management felt he was worth. Get that blank check ready, Jed. 2. The current and future Cy Young winners at Sox...
    It’s never too early to post your holiday wish list, especially if you’re a Chicago sports fan grinding through the winter months with the Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks in season and the Cubs and White Sox preparing for the winter meetings. With Black Friday on the horizon, here are 10 things we’re wishing for but unlikely to get. 1. Aaron Judge at Wrigley Field It makes no sense that the San Francisco Giants can afford to sign the free-agent slugger but the Cubs can only window shop. While the Cubs are considered among the top eight or so teams interested in Judge, no one gives them a realistic chance of reeling him in because of President Jed Hoyer’s reluctance to get tied up with a long-term deal. The last time the Cubs signed a top-of-the-line slugger was back in 1987, when Andre Dawson was so eager to play at Wrigley Field, he offered to play at whatever price Cubs management felt he was worth. Get that blank check ready, Jed. 2. The current and future Cy Young winners at Sox...
    Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras got perhaps his last farewell from Wrigley Field as a member of the home team. Contreras is one of the last remaining members from the Cubs 2016 World Series team. He’s an All-Star catcher and one of the more recognizable players in Chicago. However, that doesn’t mean he fits into the team’s long-term plans. The Cubs tried to trade Contreras at the deadline, but to no avail. They also tried to sign him to a contract extension in offseasons past, also with little luck. Contreras and the front office seem to disagree on his financial value. Yet, when it came time to trade him or risk losing their backstop this offseason, the Cubs overvalued him. In the end, Jed Hoyer and Co. were fine with the possibility of losing Contreras this winter. As long as they extend him a qualifying offer, they’ll receive a conditional first-round pick in return. Cubs fans fish Willson Contreras farewell, if this is really it“The fans appreciate how hard I work,” Contreras said, per The Athletic. “I’m a guy that...
    Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras isn’t known to be controversial, so a heated verbal exchange with fans left many surprised. Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras got into a heated verbal exchange with two fans on Tuesday. Contreras isn’t a controversial player, so the exchange was out of character and proved to be problematic on the fans’ end. As a result, the fans got banned from Nationals Park in Washington, DC for five years. The exact exchange is unclear, but Contreras told Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune, “If somebody tried to mess up my family, they’re going to (have to go through) me first. Whatever they said, it wasn’t healthy. It was not right. What he said got under my skin. We’re speaking the same language. I know what he means.” Contreras has been one of the most respected players in Chicago over his career.Willson Contreras isn’t expected to face any discipline from the Chicago CubsContreras isn’t expected to face any discipline from Chicago, which seems to be the right call. Though it’s not clear exactly what happened, he doesn’t seem...
    Two fans are banned from Nationals Park for five years after a heated exchange with Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. The incident occurred in the top of the 10th inning Tuesday during the Cubs’ 7-5, 11-inning win against the Washington Nationals. After Contreras’ sacrifice fly gave the Cubs a lead, he made his way from behind home plate to the Cubs dugout on the third-base side. That’s when an animated Contreras verbally engaged with a fan in the stands. At least one person wearing a white Nationals jersey was seen being escorted out by ballpark security after Contreras returned to the dugout. A Nationals spokesperson confirmed the five-year ban for the two fans to the Tribune on Wednesday. After the game, Contreras did not want to get into the specifics of his tense back-and-forth with the fan, who he said was Latino and speaking Spanish. But he said: “If somebody tried to mess up my family, they’re going to (have to go through) me first. Whatever they said, it wasn’t healthy. It was not right.” Players understand and expect trash...
    The Chicago Cubs had two of the hottest trade deadline targets available in Willson Contreras and Ian Happ. They traded neither of them by the 6:00 p.m. ET deadline on Aug. 2. The Chicago Cubs were obvious sellers entering the trade deadline, and the expectation was that catcher Willson Contreras and outfielder Ian Happ would be on the move. Contreras is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, while Happ is under contract for one more year. The two shared an emotional moment in their final home game before the deadline. After all of that, the Cubs did not move either player. The team had a high asking price for both players at the deadline, and no interested team took a bite on the offer, making them perhaps the biggest losers of the deadline.Twitter shades Cubs after losing MLB trade deadlineTwitter users, from media members to fans, were left dumbfounded that the Cubs did not make any moves. Some cited the 2021 Colorado Rockies, who opted against trading any of their star players. Others shared a similar...
    It was a beautiful afternoon for baseball Saturday, so I ventured out to the Wrigley Field bleachers to see how Chicago Cubs fans were coping with the rebuild that can’t be called a rebuild. The bleachers were packed for the game against the Atlanta Braves as fans stood behind the last rows in left and right field and congregated behind the concessions to socialize without the obligation of watching the actual game. In other words, business as usual at the corner of Waveland and Sheffield avenues. Cubs owners throughout the years have counted on fans being oblivious to the failures of the team on the field, knowing that no matter how bad it gets there always will be young fans looking for a party atmosphere at Wrigley. The bleachers have been a prime spot for tanning, beer drinking and people watching forever, which is why tickets are so expensive for seats so far away from the action. Even former Cubs President Theo Epstein made a trip out to the left-field section Friday afternoon to soak in the sun and have...
    The Chicago White Sox have traded away Craig Kimbrel shortly after acquiring him at the trade deadline last season. Cubs fans feel they won the trade. Chicago received second baseman Nick Madrigal and pitcher Codi Heuer in the trade for their then-star reliever. However, Kimbrel struggled during his tenure with the Cubs’ crosstown rival, so much so that the White Sox opted to cut bait this offseason. The super-bullpen they hoped to form with Liam Hendriks, Kimbrel and others never came to be. So, Kimbrel is now a Dodger, shipped away less than a year after he arrived in the South Side. The Dodgers’ bullpen is suddenly stacked, while the White Sox are left asking questions. Mainly, why did Kimbrel struggle in the setup role? Reliever Craig Kimbrel has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for outfielder A.J. Pollock, sources tell ESPN. @Feinsand was on it. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 1, 2022 Dodgers bullpen Craig KimbrelBlake TreinenDaniel HudsonBrusdar GraterolAlex VesiaJustin BruihlVictor GonzalezTyler AndersonDavid Price They also expect Dustin May, Danny Duffy, Tommy Kahnle and Phil Bickford...
    On Wednesday morning, potential Hall of Famer Jon Lester officially announced his retirement from baseball.  We’ve seen the last of starting pitcher Jon Lester in the bigs. After 16 memorable seasons in the majors, Lester announced on Wednesday that he’s officially hanging up his cleats. The man was a fan favorite from start to finish throughout his career. A five-time All-Star selection, Lester is best known for his days with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs. As you might have been able to guess, fans have been showering him with love all over social media following his retirement. NEWS at ESPN: 3-time World Series champion Jon Lester is retiring. I spoke with him and others in his orbit. Dustin Pedroia: “Anytime he had the ball in a big game, you were going in for an 80-minute massage. You were in good hands.” Story here: https://t.co/4gQlF56G6g — Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) January 12, 2022 Jon Lester World Series memories among tributes from fans and ex-teammates Lester won three World Series during his head-turning career, capturing the glory twice with the Red...
    Kris Bryant returned to Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon, and even though he was wearing a Giants uniform fans couldn’t hide their excitement.  It’s been an emotional few months for Chicago Cubs fans, but Friday afternoon saw a tearful crescendo. Kris Bryant returned to Wrigley Field for the first time since being traded at the deadline back in July. His last moments as a Cubs were documented by the Marquee Network, as he fought back tears in the dugout after learning he had been traded to San Francisco. It was a trade everyone knew was coming but no fan on the North Side wanted to believe would actually happen. When it did, it officially ended perhaps the brightest and happiest era in Cubs history and squashed any hope of the World Series core reaching the promised land again. Bryant and the Giants arrived at Wrigley for a weekend series on Friday and hordes of Cubs fans packed themselves in to welcome their favorite son home. Fans gave Bryant a loud ovation when his name was announced as part of the...
    The long terrible Kris Bryant trade nightmare for Cubs fans is over, but it’s a dream come true for Giants fans.  As the MLB Trade Deadline approached, there might not have been a more miserable fan base than the Chicago Cubs. San Diego was leading the charge early, acquiring Adam Frazier and being in line to acquire Craig Kimbrel and Scherzer before falling all the way out of the race. San Francisco had initially had conversations with the Cubs that included Joey Bart going back to Chicago but it felt like a price too steep to pay — at the time. In the time since, the Blue Jay, Yankees, Dodgers, Mets, and White Sox all traded premier top prospects — some teams trading multiple prospects — to land players at or slightly below Bryant’s level.
    Chicago Cubs utility man Kris Bryant was randomly removed during Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Chicago Cubs have begun their fire sale this past week by trading outfielder Joc Pederson to the Atlanta Braves. With the trade deadline approaching, it appears it will be a matter of when, not if, the Cubs trade utility man Kris Bryant, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. During Tuesday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Bryant was pulled from the game in the fifth inning. While many are speculating as to whether Bryant removed from the game for trade purposes, it is simply too early to tell.Cubs: Kris Bryant removed from Tuesday’s game against CardinalsESPN’s Jesse Rogers expressed his belief that Bryant was pulled after tweaking something after making a diving catch and making a throw to second base back in the second inning. Here is the catch in question below: Kristopher robbin#CubTogether pic.twitter.com/y34MB4X2zI — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 21, 2021 Again, we can not speculate on the reason why Bryant was...
    Cubs and White Sox fans will be allowed to attend games at Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field albeit with a reduced capacity to begin the MLB season. Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field will welcome fans back in the stands for the first time since the 2019 season. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the news on Monday morning, coinciding with diminishing COVID positivity rates. “As a diehard sports fan myself,” Lightfoot said, “I’m personally excited to have Chicago take its first, cautious steps toward safely reopening our beloved baseball stadiums to fans this season.” Folks, weve significantly slowed the spread of COVID, getting our positivity rate down to 2.8%. And now, we can begin to safely welcome fans back to our baseball stands on opening day. Although we’re reopening, masking is still of utmost importance. ????⚾ pic.twitter.com/pkGnMDkSUc — Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) March 8, 2021 Cubs, White Sox welcome fans back to Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate FieldCapacity will be limited to 20 percent to start the season, which will equate to 8,274 at Wrigley Field and 8,122 fans at...
    Cardinals fans are not going to be happy with the team’s 2021 PECOTA projection. The St. Louis Cardinals have not had a losing season since 2007. Their worst finish since then was an 83-79 season back in 2017. Fans are used to the club being a perennial powerhouse in the National League Central, which is why many will be shocked at the 2021 record prediction from Baseball Prospectus’ annual PECOTA projection. The Cardinals are projected to finish third in the NL Central with a record of 81-81.Cardinals projected to go on the declineThe Milwaukee Brewers are projected to win the division at 89-73 and the Chicago Cubs are picked second at 85-77. Finishing at the .500 mark would be a rare occurrence for the Cardinals and fans are likely confused considering the team just added Nolan Arenado. Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright are both back on one-year deals and Paul Goldschmidt hasn’t gone anywhere either. The main point of contention may be the fact the Cubs are projected to finish with four more wins. That is a Cubs team potentially...
    Minnesota Covid-19 survey halted after team members report racial slurs, state officials say The best cheap burger in every state Kris Bryant is done with criticism from Cubs fans Kris Bryant has had absolutely enough criticism from Chicago Cubs fans. © Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Kris Bryant has had absolutely enough criticism from Chicago Cubs fans. Bryant has been enduring a rough season and is batting .205/.289/.331, which are all career-low marks for him by far. But on Saturday, Bryant finally delivered a big game, though the Cubs lost 9-5 to the Chicago White Sox. © Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Kris Bryant has had absolutely enough criticism from Chicago Cubs fans. Bryant smashed a grand slam in the third to put the Cubs up 5-2, though they blew the lead the next inning and lost. The home run was only Bryant’s third of the season and his first since Aug. 12. Finally hitting a home run may have given him an opportunity to respond to Cubs fans who have been critical of him. Bryant said he is done worrying...
    A Texas hospital overwhelmed by coronavirus may send some patients home to die 5 Restaurant Chains That Now Require You to Wear Face Masks How weird is this?: From Wrigley Field rooftops, fans – including NASCAR star Kyle Busch – get a unique view CHICAGO — On the top row of the rooftop at Murphy's Bleachers, Michael Bloom and his wife Kristine are staring at pristine Wrigley Field, but the longer they look, the more it defies the senses. Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT Dodgers set to extend superstar Mookie Betts Dodgers set to extend superstar Mookie Betts USA TODAY SPORTS Bold predictions for the wildest MLB season ever Bold predictions for the wildest MLB season ever USA TODAY SPORTS Its time to start imagining a fall without football fans (in the stands) Its time to start imagining a fall without football fans (in the stands) USA TODAY SPORTS 1 Cancel SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad October madness: How the 16-team MLB postseason will work USA TODAY SPORTS See more...
    LAKEVIEW — Although the Chicago Cubs will likely play to empty stadiums this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans can still cheer them on from the rooftop clubs that overlook Wrigley Field. Cubs spokesperson Julian Green said they plan to have the Wrigley Rooftops open and fully operational by Opening Day on July 23 or 24. “There are many details to be worked out, including taking every available precaution to ensure a safe environment for our fans,” Green said Monday. “That said, any plan must be approved by the City of Chicago prior to operation.” But neighbors in Wrigleyville could hear the crack of a bat as soon as Wednesday, which is when Major League Baseball players are set to report to training camp at their home ballparks. Under MLB’s agreement with the players union, each team will play 60 games: 40 divisional games and 20 geographically-appointed inter-league games. The schedule is still being finalized. At least for now, any games in Chicago would be played without spectators due to state rules prohibiting gatherings of 50 people or more....
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