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Tribune staff reporterLou Piniella was complaining the other day about the Cubs' penchant for playing well one day and looking helpless the next. "You can't have these hills and valleys we're in," he said. But one night after a 10-run outburst, the Cubs were limited to two...
Tribune reporterCubs manager Lou Piniella spotted Marty Brennaman wearing a pink shirt in the interview room Wednesday when he decided to poke some fun at the Reds announcer. "Boy, hot pink from Cincinnati," Piniella said. "Is it Sadie Hawkins Day or what?" But after...
Tribune staff reporterWhen the Cubs return to Minute Maid Park in September, Lou Piniella insists the players won't have to take batting practice. The left-field wall is so inviting, Piniella argued, that some players try to "knock the pumpkins off the train" that runs on a...
Tribune staff reporterTom Glavine received his automatic pass to the Hall of Fame on Sunday night at Wrigley Field, while the Cubs suffered a loss that could put a serious dent in their postseason dreams. While Glavine earned his 300th victory in the New York Mets' 8-3 win...
Tribune reporterWith two on and two outs in the third inning on Tuesday night, Aramis Ramirez dug in to face Arizona right-hander Yusmeiro Petit. He didn't look especially comfortable. He hasn't for almost a month now. But Ramirez got hold of a 2-1 fastball, sending...
Tags: Mike Fontenot, Jim Edmonds, Death, Arizona, Derrek Lee
Ask Paul resurfaces to answer questions about the possibility of a Jeff Samardzija sighting at Wrigley Field, moving Alfonso Soriano down in the order, and whether the Cubs should bring back Sammy Sosa for the playoff push. Does Jeff Samardzija have a...
Tribune reporterAfter undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2003 and sitting out most of the 2004 season, Ryan Dempster's career has gone through countless changes. When Dempster asked last fall to give up his closer's job and go back to his original role as a starter, he...
Tribune reporterPITTSBURGH — Earth to Alfonso Soriano, come in please. Earth to Soriano … Earth to Soriano … report in, please. About the only thing that didn't happen to the Cubs over the weekend at PNC Park was an alien abduction, and the...
Tribune staff reporterAfter ripping Cubs fans last month, Reds announcer Marty Brennaman proved he's an equal-opportunity offender, proclaiming during a loss to Atlanta on Sunday that Cincinnati "may never win another game." But the Reds proved him wrong Monday night with a...
Tags: Mike Fontenot, Derrek Lee, Felix Pie, Paul Bako, Ken Griffey Jr.
Tribune staff reporterFor those who believe in such things, the reason Ronny Cedeno went from hero to goat Sunday might have been that infamous billy goat's footprint changing the direction of a high-hopping ball near second base. Even for those who don't believe the Cubs are...
Tags: Kerry Wood, Sports, Jim Edmonds, Derrek Lee, Chicago Cubs
Tribune staff reporterThe baseball season is 162 games long but, despite what players spout, all games are not created equal. Neither are all victories. Take the Cubs' 5-1 conquest of the Brewers on Sunday, one that qualifies as a marquee victory. Or, in this case, a rare...
Tags: Corey Hart, Derrek Lee, Carlos Marmol, Wrigley Field, Basketball
Cubs shortstop Ryan Theriot pinch-hits for Paul Sullivan this week and answers your questions about his nickname, his pitching prowess, whether he could take Fontenot in a fight, and other relevant issues in a special edition of Ask The Riot. Ryan, Who...
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