A Look Back at 2008 – Maintaining A Lead

Interleague play, a broken hand, DL trips for Carlos Zambrano and Reed Johnson, new arms added to the mix, a big turnaround against the Fish and a four-game sweep were just a few of the storylines and highlights for the Cubs in June and July. The solid start Lou Piniella preached about ended up being […]

A Look Back at 2008 – Getting Off to a Strong Start

From Kosuke Fukudome’s dramatic home run on Opening Day to Reed Johnson’s catch to Jim Edmonds to sweeping the four game series against the Brewers at the end of July to Carlos Zambrano’s no-hitter in Milwaukee against the Astros, it was truly a magical summer for Lou Piniella’s crew. The Cubs posted 97 wins, the […]

From the Wire….Cubs Re-Sign Chad Fox…Howry Signs with Giants

According to a report on Yahoo Sports, the Cubs signed pitcher Chad Fox on Wednesday to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Spring Training. Free agent Bobby Howry signed a 1-year deal with the Giants on Wednesday according to a report from MLB.com. The Giants were rumored to be interested in Howry […]

Arbitration, Ownership and Rumors

Monday marks the beginning of what could be a very busy two-week stretch for the Chicago Cubs. First up are two important deadlines. Monday is the last day teams can offer salary arbitration to their own free agents in order to be eligible for draft pick compensation. The Cubs are expected to offer Kerry Wood, […]

A Little Turkey and Peavy with a Side of Rumors

Happy Thanksgiving from the CCO…. The next twenty-four hours figure to be rather quiet throughout baseball but as the weekend comes to a close teams should start preparing for a busy start of the last month of the year. For the Cubs not only is Monday the deadline to offer arbitration to Kerry Wood and […]

Dempster and Edmonds Among 65 to File for Free Agency

Baseball’s off-season kicked into second gear on Thursday, less than 12 hours after the Phillies beat the Rays to officially end the 2008 campaign. There was a trade between the Royals and Marlins, a couple of big name players found out their options for the 2009 season would not be picked up, the Brewers named […]

The Completion of the First Step – Cubs 1 Brewers 3

Game One Hundred Sixty-One – Cubs 1 Brewers 3 WP – CC Sabathia (17-10, 11-2) LP – Bobby Howry (7-5) Save – None The 2008 National League Central Division Champions completed the regular season the same way it began, with a loss by Bobby Howry to the Milwaukee Brewers. In between the Cubs posted a […]

Bullpen Spoils Hoffpauir’s Party – Cubs 6 Mets 7

Game One Hundred Fifty-Eight – Cubs 6 Mets 7 WP – Joe Smith (6-3) LP – Kevin Hart (2-2) Save – None Lou Piniella’s bullpen could not hold the lead Micah Hoffpauir gave them on Thursday night in the rain. Hoffpauir turned in a career performance and could have earned a spot on the Cubs’ […]

Z Bloop and Z Blast….After Z Meltdown – Cubs 9 Mets 6

Game One Hundred Fifty-Seven – Cubs 9 Mets 6 – 10 innings WP – Bobby Howry (7-4) LP – Luis Ayala (2-10) Save – Kerry Wood (34) Before recapping the Cubs 96th win of the season, there were two bigger issues that popped up on Wednesday night. First, Mark DeRosa left the game in the […]

Close….But No Cigar – Cubs 6 Astros 1

Game One Hundred Forty-Eight – Cubs 6 Astros 1 WP – Ted Lilly (15-9) LP – Brian Moehler (11-7) Save – None How does Ted Lilly follow up a no hitter? By throwing 6 innings of no hit ball of his own. A day after Carlos Zambrano tossed the Cubs’ first no-no in 36 years, […]