A free agent for a second consecutive winter, Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday agreed to return to the New York Mets for four years and $110 million pending a physical, sources told Yahoo Sports. Cespedes opted out of the remainder of a contract with the Mets that would have paid him about $48 million over
Kris Bryant on Thursday evening was revealed to be the National League’s Most Valuable Player in an undemanding vote by which the league’s best player happened to wear the uniform of the league’s best team, satisfying nearly everyone, spilling no blood and prolonging the postseason parade in Chicago.
The Cubs became the first team since 1985 to come back from a 3-1 deficit and win the World Series. Mike Montgomery threw the curveball that Cleveland Indians batter Michael Martinez topped toward third base, and Kris Bryant gathered the ball that would finish their season. The Cubs had beaten the
Into this particular Game 7 come the Chicago Cubs, representing the Cubs of 1909 and every year since, from seasons lost incapably to seasons lost unluckily, just lots of seasons, now one win away from a championship for the first time since 1945, a year they lost Game 7.
Put on one of those blue hats, learn the words to the song, silently curse the person responsible for saying, “We’re Cubs fans in this house,” all those years ago, hoist a beer and stand it as long as the tremors allow. Stand it for the eight outs Aroldis Chapman knocked down Sunday night, for each
The Cleveland Indians, it was turning out, weren’t going along with the plan, not at all, and even the “Let’s go Cubs!” that rattled around the old place was beginning to feel less optimistic than desperate. “They,” this gentleman in Cubs blue grumbled of the Indians, “haven’t made a mistake. The Indians
After a World Series game at Wrigley Field, the first in 71 years and 18 days, the pervading opinion in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse was that Jorge Soler had no chance to score on that ball, that Lonnie Chisenhall’s arm is too strong, that a head-down, desperate run for 270 feet would have netted the exact
Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson smiles during a press conference being awarded the Roberto Clemente Award before game three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field. On Friday night, she carved through the lower concourse of Wrigley Field. “I am so very proud of Curtis,” he said.
The Cubs liked him because he could be a starter or a reliever, and the name of the game anymore does seem to lean toward utility. Like everyone at Progressive Field, Montgomery was watching Jake Arrieta, whose start against the Cleveland Indians in a 5-1 Game 2 World Series win had become curious for
The Chicago Cubs maybe had Andrew Miller, too, long before they’d lose Tuesday night’s Game 1, 6-0. Willson Contreras had popped up with the bases loaded and none out and Addison Russell had struck out on three pitches.
It will be said these Cubs, these very Cubs, have rubbed out a long, dreary history of bad baseball, dumb baseball, unfortunate baseball, some might suggest wholly deserved baseball. For if not for the past 71 years, and plenty would argue the past 108 years, there would be no Saturday night, Game 6
Assuming the weather holds and any unexpected apocalypses are dodged, the Chicago Cubs will play Saturday night at Wrigley Field for a place in the World Series. In case you’re not up on your Cubs lore, the year you’re reaching for is 1945, that being the last time the Cubs inched this close to the
The first time Anthony Rizzo struck out Wednesday night he dropped his bat where he was, right there at his feet. This was before all the hits, all the runs, before he back-spun that fastball into the bleachers, before the Chicago Cubs tied the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles
The Chicago Cubs, the done-their-time Cubs of clever management and a thick-shouldered roster and 103 wins, may have some thoughts about destiny, thoughts they keep to themselves, because inevitability doesn’t generally include doing something with a two-strike, backdoor curveball on the black. What
CHICAGO – They’ve all journeyed as Dave Roberts did late Sunday. Good managers. Strong managers. Decorated managers. Managers who are sure of themselves and, as important, sure of the characters and limitations and insecurities of the men they lead.
The goal, just short of the win, looked to be chaos. Just to put this out there right at the top, both managers said they would replay Game 1 precisely as you saw it, from every bullpen move to every intentional walk to every head nod, said they would sleep soundly on this game that had the Chicago
From the bullpen beyond left field, standing in shin guards, his mask propped on his forehead, sweating from a decent night’s work, Steve Cilladi focused on the figure walking toward him. Game 5 of the National League Division Series was headed into its fifth hour. The Washington Nationals played furiously
An hour later, Clayton Kershaw’s eyes were glossed and his voice hardly carried at all. The Nationals, whose bullpen finally bent, finally ran out of available, rested left-handed relievers with two outs gone in the eighth inning of Game 4.
About an hour after the Washington Nationals played them into this mess with a couple more big home runs and 14 more outs from their bullpen, the Los Angeles Dodgers weighed two options. Or, they said they were weighing those two options, and maybe they were and maybe they simply weren’t going to reveal
It’s late Sunday afternoon, Daniel Murphy is running small circles in order to stir up the pigeons he’d rather not have in his sightline, Mark Melancon is cleaning up the Washington Nationals’ first win in this series, the Los Angeles Dodgers are about to shrug and settle for one-of-two here, and these
Kenley Jansen could sense Jayson Werth gaining on his fastball, more precisely a cutter that travels at the velocity of and howls just like a four-seam fastball, and so could his catcher, Yasmani Grandal. Nearing the conclusion of a 4-3 victory for the Dodgers on Friday night over the Nationals, Jansen