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Cubs Fire DJ for 'Irresponsible' Song Choice

It 'showed a lack of judgment and sensitivity'

(Newser) - The Chicago Cubs fired one of their two DJs for what they called an "irresponsible" choice of song—one that was apparently aimed at pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who joined the team in July. After Chapman left the mound in the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the St.... More »

No End to Cubs' World Series Drought After Mets Sweep

Chicago lost 8-3 on Wednesday

(Newser) - The Back to the Future II prediction was not to be: The Cubs lost 8-3 on Wednesday as the New York Mets wrapped up a four-game sweep in an NL Championship Series that had Chicago's faithful eagerly hoping for more. Instead, the Cubs' World Series championship drought that dates... More »

Long-Suffering Chicago Cubs Fans Hopeful, Fearful

Better win it all, Cubbies, 'while we can still enjoy it'

(Newser) - Living in a nursing home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, 82-year-old Edith Heath knows something about faith. As a fan of the Chicago Cubs who was born 25 years after her favorite team last won the World Series, she knows there are only so many times she... 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 »

If Prediction Is Correct, $85K DeLorean Could Be Yours

The Chicago Cubs will have to defy the laws of the universe, win World Series

(Newser) - The only thing standing between you and your very own flux capacitor is the Chicago Cubs and the death of a 107-year-old dry spell. As the Daily Herald reports, an Illinois car museum is offering up its exhibit 1981 DeLorean—complete with aforementioned flux capacitor—to one lucky visitor, with... More »

'Let's Play Two': Hall of Famer Ernie Banks Dead at 83

'Mr. Cub' hit more than 500 home runs

(Newser) - Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope. That was the charm of "Mr. Cub." Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams, died last... More »

Oops: Cubs Player Wears Wrong Uniform

Junior Lake played first inning in old road jersey

(Newser) - The Chicago Cubs' 16-inning game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday night lasted until 1am and commentators suspect drowsiness could have caused the Cubs' Junior Lake to don the wrong uniform for an early afternoon game at PNC Park the next day. The outfielder took to the field in the Cubs'... More »

Cubs Fans: New Mascot Way Too Cuddly

'Clark the Cub' not getting a very warm welcome

(Newser) - Chicago Cubs fans, meet your new mascot, "Clark the Cub." The team describes him as "unbearably cute," but so far, fans seem mostly unhappy. Some have voiced their frustration on Twitter, with one fan writing, "Oh God, he's real." Comments lit up 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 »

Goat's Head Sent to Chicago Cubs Owner

'Curse' on team tied to goat legend

(Newser) - Chicago Cubs fans have long feared a curse on the team after a man with a goat was told to leave Wrigley Field during a 1945 championship game. Perhaps it was that story that prompted the delivery of a goat's head to the team's owner, Tom Ricketts, yesterday... 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 »

Cubs' Santo Wins Hall of Fame Nod

Induction comes roughly a year after his death

(Newser) - Ron Santo is getting a place in Cooperstown at last—almost exactly one year after his death . The Veterans Committee ushered the Cubs great into the Baseball Hall of Fame today, with 15 of its 16 members giving him the nod, the Chicago Tribune reports. Santo was the only candidate... More »

Cubs Great Ron Santo Dead at 70

Third-baseman became legendary broadcaster

(Newser) - Renowned Chicago Cubs third-baseman and broadcaster Ron Santo died last night in Arizona of complications from bladder cancer at age 70. “Ronnie will forever be the heart and soul of Cubs fans,” said the team’s chairman. “He enjoyed himself in the booth right to the end,... More »

Broken Bat Impales Cubs' Outfielder

Tyler Colvin in hospital after shard of bat stabs him

(Newser) - Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin is in the hospital, after a flying chunk of a teammate’s bat stabbed him in the chest during yesterday’s game. Colvin was on third when Wellington Castillo broke his bat on an RBI double. The ball sailed down the line into left field, and... More »

Cubs Manager Lou Piniella Retiring Today

Retirement moved up because of mother's failing health

(Newser) - Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella will end his 46-year career in baseball after today’s game. Piniella originally planned to retire at the end of the season, but announced today he must leave early to take care of his ill mother, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “It’s not fair... 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,
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Sammy Sosa: Skin Cream Did This

Sosa says he's not purposely bleaching his skin

(Newser) - Sammy Sosa attributes his newly lightened skin to three things: facial cream, all those baseball games he played out in the sun, and, of course, those pesky camera flashes, which “made my skin look lighter” at an event last week, he tells Univision. He wouldn’t divulge the name... More »

Blame Sosa's New Look on 'Cleansing': Pal

Despite lightened skin, 'he's not trying to be Michael Jackson'

(Newser) - Retired slugger Sammy Sosa comes off as a bit vain, but he isn't bleaching his skin or "trying to be Michael Jackson," a friend says of the photos that took the sports blogosphere by storm last week. "He can't believe it is such a big deal."... More »

Yes, This Is Sammy Sosa

Blogosphere abuzz, but no word what's up with ex-slugger

(Newser) - The sports blogosphere is abuzz over some new photographs of Sammy Sosa in which the former performance-enhanced Chicago Cubs star looks much, much lighter-skinned than we’re used to. Seems nobody’s been able to reach Sosa yet, and nothing in the captions of photos from Tuesday’s event in... More »

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