A few years back, I sat on a white folding chair in a big, soggy field in upstate New York and listened to the retired baseball players talk. Soon, they’d be sitting in one of those folding chairs behind them, up on that stage, in the background of someone else’s day, a long weekend otherwise spent
Cooperstown awaits former MLB commish Bud Selig. If only Bud Selig had walked his nerdy ass into some of those locker rooms and looked those men in the eyes, stomped his loafer, pointed his knobby finger, and told them, No more. No player would have defied Bud Selig.
Kenley Jansen has reportedly agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal from the Dodgers. Free agent closer Kenley Jansen on Monday agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a five-year, $80-million contract with an opt-out after three seasons, sources tell Yahoo Sports. The last of the winter’s
Aroldis Chapman, the flame-throwing closer whose free-agent walk-year began on the domestic violence suspended list in New York and concluded on a celebratory dog-pile in Cleveland, agreed to terms with the Yankees on a five-year, $86-million contract on Wednesday night, the largest deal ever for a relief
Jorge Soler is the right fielder in Kansas City. Wade Davis will pitch the ninth inning in Chicago. The trade is what they call “straight up,” and also describes how folks in Kansas City will be taking their fluids if their Royals are perceived to have fouled this up.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Not sure how much golf you’ve played, but there’s a saying that goes like this: “They don’t ask how.” It’s a reminder that in the end it does not matter how ugly the swing(s), how atrocious the decision(s) or how violent the recoil(s) from your playing partners. No, in the end,
For that reason, the Chicago White Sox traded Chris Sale on Tuesday. Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski is a relentless general–managing beast, for one. The White Sox, for another, managed to maneuver themselves into a place where Chris Sale had to be sold off, and who knows what that means for
Bud Black is the seventh manager in Colorado Rockies history. Bud Black has seen the chaos. The venue was Mile High Stadium, Black pitching for the San Francisco Giants, the Rockies playing their 20th home game in franchise history, more than 50,000 in the place.
Were it not for the ninth inning – many ninth innings, actually – the Giants might very well have won the National League West in 2016, and therefore not burned Madison Bumgarner in a wild-card game against the New York Mets, and therefore pitched him more than once in the division series against the
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