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One Cubs Fan Spent Game 7 in Dark Cemetery

Wayne Williams was keeping a promise to his father

(Newser) - Hours before the Chicago Cubs took the field for the final game of a historic World Series, 68-year-old Wayne Williams Jr. made the 650-mile drive from his home in North Carolina to Indiana to keep a promise to his father, the News & Observer reports. "We had a pact,... More »

Dudes Devour 40-Pound Goat to Break Cubs' Curse

Competitive eater and pals hope 'disgusting' meal gets Cubs to playoffs

(Newser) - The Cubs beat the Brewers 4-0 last night , gaining ground toward a wild-card spot in the National League playoffs, and if Chicago wins tonight, they may have a goat to thank. For 69 years, 11 months, and 17 days, the MLB team has labored under "The Billy Goat Curse,... More »

Wrigley Field's Bathrooms Were Closed, So This Happened

Fans on opening day reportedly resorted to peeing in cups after 45-minute waits

(Newser) - Baseball fans endured a long, cold winter for opening day, but for Cubs fans at Wrigley Field last night, there was more waiting to come to answer nature's call. According to a statement sent out by the Cubs after their game against the St. Louis Cardinals, two of the... More »

Woman Chokes on Hot Dog, Dies at Wrigley Field

'A new word has to be invented to describe the pain we're feeling': mom

(Newser) - One minute, Maureen Oleskiewicz was watching her beloved Cubs warm up before their Sunday home game against the Reds—and the next she had collapsed between the rows, unable to breathe. "She just went down," her brother Martin, 23, tells the Chicago Tribune . The 28-year-old hadn't made... More »

Wrigley Field Needs to Die

Cubs fan Rich Cohen wants to raze arguably the most beloved park in America

(Newser) - Ah, Wrigley Field. It's one of the oldest, most beloved parks in baseball... And Rich Cohen wants to destroy it—and yes, he means utterly, with whatever explosives necessary. "That pile of quaintness has to go," he writes in the Wall Street Journal . "Then the ground... More »

Man Arrested in Chicago Bomb Plot

...But FBI gave him the bomb, so public was never in danger

(Newser) - When he dropped the paint can into a trash can near Wrigley Field on Saturday night, Sami Samir Hassoun allegedly thought he was planting a bomb that would cause massive casualties. In reality he was planting… a paint can. The FBI, which had for months been tracking Hassoun and giving... More »

Best Ballpark Hot Dogs

Forget apple pie—nothing goes with baseball like these

(Newser) - Baseball season’s in full, ahem, swing, and in that spirit, Delish runs down the best ballpark hotdogs. Some highlights:
  • Georgia Dog, Turner Field, Atlanta. A blanket of cole slaw and some sautéed Vidalia onions make this a winner.
  • Arizona Dog, Chase Field, Phoenix. Southwest rules this foot-long—chorizo,
... More »

Tribune Sells Cubs for $800M

Family will pay $800M for 95% stake in team, Wrigley field

(Newser) - It’s official: Tribune Co. has signed an agreement to sell a majority stake in the Chicago Cubs to the Ricketts family, the Chicago Tribune reports. Picked as the winning bidder for the franchise in January, family negotiated a deal to pay $800 million for a 95% stake in the... More »

Wrigley Field Beer-Chucker Surrenders

(Newser) - A Cubs fan suspected of dousing Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino with beer at Wrigley Field Wednesday night has turned himself in to police, the Chicago Tribune reports. The fan—who escaped detection when the wrong fan was ejected and hauled off for questioning immediately after the incident—got in touch... More »

Me-Owch! Cubs' Cat-Grab Sparks Uproar

Cat lovers get claws out after groundskeeper hoists intruder by tail

(Newser) - Cat lovers are hissing in rage after a feline intruder was hoisted out of a game by its tail at Wrigley Field, the Chicago Tribune reports. The wayward cat was lifted into the stands by a security guard after a comical chase during the fourth inning of a Cubs-Cincinnati Reds... More »

Hockey at Wrigley? Wings Beat Blackhawks

Chicago falls to Detroit on iconic home turf

(Newser) - Two of the NHL's oldest franchises got together for some old-school outdoors hockey today, with the Detroit Red Wings beating the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4, the Chicago Tribune reports. The league's second annual Winter Classic, staged in a converted Wrigley Field, threw the players plenty of curveballs, from chilly temperatures to... More »

Complaint Shows Blago's Wife Plotted With Him

(Newser) - Rod Blagojevich's wife was deeply involved in his alleged scheming, the Chicago Tribune reports, based on details in the federal complaint against the Illinois governor. Though Patricia Blagojevich has not been charged with a crime, she was a vocal party to wiretapped conversations. In one recording, she can be heard... More »

Tribune Bankrupt One Day, Engulfed by News the Next

Chicago institution breaks Blagojevich news, and is a player in corruption allegations

(Newser) - What a difference a day makes for the Chicago Tribune, which yesterday broke the story of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest, and was itself an object of his alleged corrupting intentions—just a day after its parent company declared bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal notes. “It’s pretty... More »

Dodgers Make It 2-0

Dodgers demolish Cubs after capitalizing on record-tying number of errors

(Newser) - A Cubs defensive collapse in the 5-run second inning helped the Dodgers to a 10-3 win in Game 2 of their NL series, the Chicago Tribune reports. Sloppy infielding behind Carlo Zambrano tied the division series record for errors. The Cubs—who have never won a playoff game west of... More »

104-Year-Old Cubs Fan Makes His Pitch

Lifelong booster longs to take the mound at Wrigley Field

(Newser) - Diehard Cubs fan Leo Hildebrand is sticking diligently to his daily workout regimen, hoping he’ll be tapped to throw out the first pitch of a playoff game for his beloved team. The major difference between him and the legion of other fans who’d like to do the same,... More »

Die-Hard Cubs Fans to Get Final Waiting Place

Long-suffering fans can wait an afterlifetime for pennant win

(Newser) - When the last living Cubs fan to have seen his team win the World Series passed away in April at age 106, fans willing to wait a lifetime realized a lifetime may not be long enough. One is now preparing the field of their dreams in a Chicago cemetery, the... More »

Not Your Grandfather's Hot Dog Stand

Food columnist finds best, worst stadium fare in major leagues

(Newser) - From a perfect crab salad sandwich at AT&T field in San Francisco to a dreadful crab cake at Camden Yards in Baltimore, the New York Times charts the range and quality of foods available at America's ballparks. Crab isn't the only departure from the ubiquitous hot dog: During his... More »

Cubs Swinging for Wrigley Record

Lovable losers are on pace for record 62 home wins

(Newser) - Shhh, don't jinx it: The Chicago Cubs not only lead the National League, they're playing better at home than on the road. The lovable losers are 26-8 at Wrigley Field, a record they last held before going to (and losing) the World Series in 1918. Now they're on pace for... More »

NHL Headed For Friendly Confines

Annual outdoor game coming to Chicago, with Blackhawks to face old rival Detroit

(Newser) - It appears Chicago’s famed Wrigley Field will host an outdoor NHL game next year, after competitor Yankee Stadium was deemed unsuitable “for a variety of reasons,” the Tribune reports. The hometown Blackhawks would play the rival Detroit Red Wings in the third edition of the open-air contest,... More »

Dempster Return to Rotation a Winner

Former closer solid as Cubs beat Brewers for first '08 win

(Newser) - Former closer Ryan Dempster was a winner in his return to the rotation, Aramis Ramirez homered and Alfonso Soriano had two RBIs Thursday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3. Moved back to the leadoff spot after hitting second the first two games, Soriano drew a bases-loaded walk... More »

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