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.
Wrigley Field is one of the oldest professional baseball parks in America, built in 1914
and only trails Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, in age.With so many years in use, it
means lots of Cubs tickets were sold, and lots of lucky fans saw these events. Babe
Ruth’s “called shot,” happened in Wrigley Field during the 1932 World Series. The Wrigley Field
outfield bleachers and scoreboard were constructed in 1937 during renovations to improve
seating to sell more Cubs tickets.
Wrigley field was also the last MLB stadium to install lights, the lights were installed in
1988 and resulted in massive Cubs ticket sales as everyone wanted to experience the first night
game at Wrigley even though the game was rained out after 3 ½ innings.
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.