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Tribune staff reporterAfter the Cubs beat St. Louis in his last start in Busch Stadium in mid-May, Mark Prior flat-out stated they were better than the Cardinals. It was a bold statement for a 22-year-old who had only 12 major-league victories under his belt at the time,...
Tribune staff reporterDontrelle Willis gave the Cubs glimpses of his knees, elbows and glove. But the rookie left-hander with the unorthodox delivery didn't give the Cubs any runs over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Then came a 1-hour 24-minute rain delay chasing 33,...
Tribune staff reporterDressed in street clothes with a phone in his hand an hour after beating Houston on Wednesday night, Cubs right-hander Greg Maddux walked onto the mound of an empty Minute Maid Park and went through his pitching motion one last time. His workday was long...
Tribune staff reporterDusty Baker had exhausted virtually every managerial ploy he could muster--a team meeting, a rearranged batting order and a greater resolve to remain calm under pressure. "We're all taught not to panic," the Cubs manager said. "There is a thin line...
Tribune staff reporterWhen Kerry Wood hit a home run in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series last October, he may have produced one of the loudest roars ever heard at Wrigley Field. But when the Cubs lost the game to the Florida Marlins and a chance to go to...
Tags: Baseball, LaTroy Hawkins, Derrek Lee, Shawn Green, Kerry Wood
Tribune staff reporterMark Prior set the tone in the third inning of Wednesday's Cubs-Cardinals game at Wrigley Field, knocking outfielder So Taguchi on his back with a fastball that sailed toward his head. It was almost as if Prior wanted to send a simple message:...
Tags: Derrek Lee, Wrigley Field, Edgar Renteria, Tennis, Chicago Cubs
Tribune staff reporterThe Cubs and Cardinals have played each other 2,152 times since 1892, but few of those games could match the electricity in the final innings of Wednesday night's showdown at Busch Stadium. St. Louis blew two early leads before bouncing back from a four-...
Tribune staff reporterMark Prior threw six shutout innings in his comeback start Friday against Pittsburgh, reminding a standing-room crowd of 40,024 of a time when everything seemed right with the world for the Cubs. But Wrigley Field quickly snapped back to reality as...
Tags: Jose Mesa, Crimes, LaTroy Hawkins, Jason Kendall, Derrek Lee
Tribune staff reporterWhen the Cubs smashed three first-inning home runs Monday night off Cincinnati starter Matt Belisle, the notion of a slow-motion meltdown was the furthest thing from anyone's mind. But if the Cubs have proven anything over the last 97 years, it's not...
Tags: Joe Randa, Chad Fox, Derrek Lee, Kerry Wood, Michael Barrett
Tribune staff reporterThe Cubs have shown a defiant attitude both on and off the field this season, refusing to back down against slights both real and imagined. And after losing 6-4 to Atlanta at Wrigley Field on Saturday to force a decisive Game 5 in this division series,...
Tribune staff reporterDusty Baker said Tuesday the Cubs' early-season tendency to find excruciating ways to lose hasn't been discouraging to him. "I woke up this morning," Baker said. "That's the only optimism I need. I woke up, and it was a new day. Nothing lasts forever....
Tags: Baseball, Sammy Sosa, Philosophy, New York Mets, Moises Alou
Tribune staff reporterCarlos Zambrano was glad he was in the visitors dugout at PNC Park when Sammy Sosa make a game-saving catch in the eighth inning of an electrifying 1-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Zambrano jumped so high he was afraid he would hurt...
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