Few teams in professional sports have the type of history that the Chicago Cubs have.
First off, they hold a professional sports record by having a 103 year championship drought,
the longest such drought for any major North American sports team. This long stretch without
a championship has drawn much attention and speculation and has become to be known
as “The Curse of the Billy Goat,” the curse was born in 1945 during the World Series, when fan
Billy Sianis, who bought two Cubs tickets, was thrown out of Wrigley Field because he brought
his pet goat into his box seats and other fans complained of the smell. The story is that when
Sianis was thrown out of the park during Game 4 of the World Series, he yelled back “The Cub’s,
they ain’t gonna win no more.” The Cubs then obtained The Curse of the Billy Goat and lost
Game 4 and the series, and have not been in a World Series since.
In the 110 year history of the Chicago Cubs, they have always been one of the top teams
in the National League in attendance, and averaging 39,115 Cubs tickets sold for each home
game, which equates to an average of 3,160,492 Cubs tickets sold each year for the past 5
years, which is 500,000 more tickets sold than the National League average.
4-14-14: The season has barely started, yet already, the Chicago Cubs find themselves way out of first place. The Cubbies are just 4-8 thus far, but are still somehow already six games behind the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers. After a dramatic 6-3 win in 11 innings on Friday, Chicago dropped the final two games of their three game series to the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend. Anthony Rizzo has been a bright spot for the Cubs, as the young lefty is hitting .319 (.389 OBP) with a couple of bombs thus far.
4-7-14: Coming into the season, many expected the Cubs to lose 100 games, and they’re well on their way. They’ve gotten off to a 2-4 start out of the gates, and avoided a weekend sweep at the hands of the Phillies with an 8-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Wrigley. One bright spot has been the amazing start of newcomer Emilio Bonifacio, who leads all of baseball with 14 hits already, in just 28 at-bats. Chicago is hoping for bigs things out of young third baseman Mike Olt, though the former Ranger is hitting just .077 with one home run (his only hit) to start the year.
4-1-14: While runs were easy to come by in Texas, the opposite was true in Pittsburgh on Opening Day, as the Chicago Cubs fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 in 10 innings. Jeff Samardijza scattered five hits over seven impressive innings for the Cubbies, but Carlos Villanueva allowed a walk-off solo home run to Neil Walker leading off the 10th that sent the Cubs home losers. Emilio Bonifacio had four of Chicago’s six hits on the afternoon, while Travis Ishikawa paced the Pirates with two.
3-27-14: The Chicago Cubs may be on the verge of trading catcher George Kottaras to the Texas Rangers after they lost their own catcher in Geovany Soto for the next three months. The Cubs also traded away infielder Donny Murphy to the Texas Rangers in a waiver wire claim type trade with the Rangers taking on Murphy's $825 K salary as payment. With the trade for Murphy the Cubs have seemingly opened up a roster spot and a 2014 Opening Day start at first basemen for prospect Mike Olt. As the Cubs inch closer to Opening Day in 2014 Forbes has released their annual values for all 30 Major League Baseball teams and the Cubs are one of the five teams valued at over $1 billion coming in at the fourth highest value at $1.2 billion.
3-20-14: The Chicago Cubs sent down eight minor league players in the latest round of spring training cuts including reassigning Arodys Vizcaino, Brett Jackson, and Josh Vitters. Former Pittsburgh Pirate James McDonald lasted two pitches in his last start against the Oakland Athletics before leaving with a case of shoulder tendonitis, the same diagnosis that limited him to just six starts last season. Jake Arrieta finally made his spring training debut against live hitters, his Cubs teammates, on his road back from a stiff right shoulder. Starlin Castro is dealing with fluid buildup in his leg, this on top of the hamstring that has been hampering him, and has been held out of Cactus League games since March 2. Castro is said to be close to returning to games but no date has been set yet on his likely return. Some good news has come out of Cubs camp in recent weeks with the emergence of Javier Baez, possibly the starting second basemen for Chicago on Opening Day, and Mike Olt as a potent one-two punch in the middle of the lineup. Big time Cuban outfield prospect Jorge Soler has been sent down to Cubs minor league camp. The Cubs have a below .500 record in the Cactus League this year and are 4-6 in their last 10 games heading into a season where they are likely to struggle again all season long.
3-13-14: The Chicago Cubs are still the brain child of former Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein and are still in the middle of rebuilding and the transition that usually follows. This year the Cubs stayed quiet overall in the offseason with their only major move being Jose Veras signing to be the closer in Wrigley Field. The good news is the Cubs still have guys who sell tickets, put people in the seats, and make the games worth watching in Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, Edwin Jackson, and Jeff Samardzija. Maybe the Cubs finally see Anthony Rizzo finally reach his potential, I am sure manager Rick Renteria hopes so. The Cubs play in a tough division that is absolutely stacked right now so it may be another season or two before they compete in the NL Central again.
3-12-14: The five most expensive home games of the Chicago Cubs' 2014 schedule are: July 25th vs St. Louis, July 26th vs St. Louis, May 20th vs the New York Yankees, May 21st vs the Yankees, and June 28th vs the Nationals. The cheapest game on the schedule is April 21st vs Arizona, with an average asking price of $40.
3-5-14: The Chicago Cubs announced that shortstop Starlin Castro is going to miss a minimum of 7 to 10 days because he hurt his hamstring. It is also been announced that the cubs are looking to trade Jeff Samardzija before opening day. Earlier in February Chicago Cubs signed veteran infielder Emilio Bonifacio to a minor-league contract along with an invitation to their spring training.
1-24-14: The Cubs had a dismal 2013 going 66-96 but what they lacked on the field they made up for in experience as they are one of the youngest teams in the MLB. The Cubs have a farm system that will soon help breathe new life into the organization like Anthony Rizzo has done.
1-7-14: The latest news out of the Chicago Cubs camp is that they are finalizing agreement with José Verriste right-handed pitcher to a one-year deal with $4 million. The Cubs have also signed left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez Twin minor-league contract. The Cubs will need a lot more help than that cannot finish in last place once again perhaps they are saving their money for the Tanaka sweepstakes.
12-9-13: At the bottom of the division was Chicago Cubs winning only 66 games and finishing 31 games out of first place. To leave the cubs announced that Javier Baez will be this team starting shortstop season. Despite trading Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees the Cubs are still on the hook for the majority of his contract. Last season the Chicago Cubs finished 28th overall in runs scored and on-base percentage. Hey also had the 27th lowest team batting average at .238.
8/21/13 - The Chicago Cubs are three – seven in the last 10 games and find themselves in last place of the National League Central division. The Cubs have won only 25 games at home and are 20 games out of first place, virtually eliminated. Last night the Cubs fell to Dan Haren and the Washington nationals by score of 4-2. Shortstop Starlin Castro who was benched over the weekend was 0-4 with a strikeout. Third baseman Donnie Murphy hit a home run in the ninth inning off of Rafael Soriano. Over the weekend the coach will fly to the West Coast to face the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers.
8/6/13 - Things haven't gotten better for the Cubs since trading Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees. They've currently lost four straight games and are in fourth place in the National League Central division. With Alfosno Soriano traded to the yankees they will play against the Phillies this week.
7/19/13 - In the National League Central division, fourth place belongs to the Chicago Cubs. At 42-51 they are 15 games out of first place and seem to be headed nowhere fast. The Cubs are 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Cubs rank 12th in baseball in terms of team slugging percentage at a clip of .409. Alfonso Soriano leads the team in both batting average and home runs. He is only hitting .259 however, and has 16 homers. After the all-star break the Cubs will face the Colorado Rockies. The Cubs will likely once again be outsiders once October rolls around. 26 year old right hander Travis Wood is 6-6 with a nice ERA of 2.79. Wood has struck out 86 batters this season.
7/7/13 - LHP Travis Wood was the only Chicago Cub selected to the 2013 National League All-Star Team, his first ASG appearance. In 17 starts, Wood is 5-6 with a 2.69 ERA and a WHIP of 0.98.
6/12/13 - Once again the Chicago Cubs find themselves at the bottom of the NL Central division. Losers of two in a row the Cubs will take on The Cincinnati Reds this week. The Cubs have struggled this year hitting the ball with the team batting average of just .243. Alfonso Soriano has the best average of any starter at just .268. Last year the cubs won only 61 games and seem to be headed for a similar result. The lone bright spot on the pitching staff has been right-hander Travis Wood. What has pitched to a 2.65 ERA, clearly a team best. In his last start Travis Wood gave up only one run in six innings pitched. The Cubs are currently 16 games out of first place And 12 games out of the wildcard.