A Look Back at 2008 – Central Champs

The Cubs took advantage of a favorable home schedule in August and paced the second place Brewers. The offense struggled in September before waking up and putting away the division against the Cardinals on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Wrigley. The Cubs designated Scott Eyre for assignment on August 5th and traded him to the […]

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 […]

Time for a Little R&R

Long time readers of the CCO have become accustomed to my style of writing, good or bad, I always tend to ‘report‘ just the facts and keep my personal opinion out of my articles. The main reason is because I feel there is a ton of opinionated bloggers out there, why add to it. But […]

Cool Hand Lilly – Cubs 7 Brewers 3

Game One Hundred Sixty – Cubs 7 Brewers 3 WP – Ted Lilly (17-9) LP – Ben Sheets (13-9) Save – None Lou Piniella’s crew picked up their 97th win of the year behind a tremendous outing from Ted Lilly. After a horrible start to the season Lilly became the first Cub lefty to post […]

Late September Updates from the Wire

The Cubs open the final series of the regular season on Friday night at Miller Park. The series in New York though took its typical toll on the Cubs….even Koyie Hill’s reaction to the safe call on Ryan Church Thursday night brought up memories of images from years past. The Cubs played a solid series […]

A Restful Loss – Cubs 2 Mets 6

Game One Hundred Fifty-Six – Cubs 2 Mets 6 WP – Johan Santana (11-9) LP – Chad Gaudin (9-5, 4-2) Save – None A day after securing home field advantage throughout the NL playoffs, Lou Piniella began preparing for the post-season and gave several of his regulars the night off. The Cubs scored a pair […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 09/23/08

Game One Hundred Fifty-Six: Cubs (95-60) vs. Mets (86-70) Game Time – 6:10pm C.T. Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188 Location – Shea Stadium, New York Sean Marshall (3-4, 3.62/1.22) vs. Johan Santana (14-7, 2.65/1.17) The Cubs will face a desperate New York Met squad tonight that saw […]

News from the Wire….Central Division Champs Edition

As the saying goes….here is a little news you can use. Could Carlos Zambrano be slotted into the third spot of Lou Piniella’s playoff rotation? Geovany Soto and Carlos Marmol might sit out for the remainder of the Mets series. The Cubs made changes to the 40-man roster on Monday. More from the ‘First and […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 09/22/08

Game One Hundred Fifty-Five: Cubs (94-60) vs. Mets (86-69) Game Time – 6:10pm C.T. Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 174, 188 Location – Shea Stadium, New York Jason Marquis (10-9, 4.39/1.42) vs. Jonathon Niese (1-0, 4.09/1.73) The last week of the regular season begins tonight with the first […]