| Apr 2, 2013
| 5:29 PM
PITTSBURGH — The Cubs have a new tactic, and so far it's working. They have decided to try leading every inning because that's a lot more fun than being behind every inning, as it seemed they were a year ago.
One game down, only 161 to go.
| Apr 3, 2013
| 8:20 PM
PITTSBURGH — No, you couldn't have gone ice fishing Wednesday in Pittsburgh. That season has come and gone.
It's time for baseball, even if it didn't seem like it at PNC Park, along the banks of the Allegheny River. After a pitch shattered his...
| Jan 20, 2012
En route to 91 losses last season and a radical regime change, the Cubs were outscored by 102 runs. As it happens, half of those can be put down to talent and half of them to playing the game well.
Bill James tracks manufactured runs, both created and...
| Feb 2, 2012
Paul Kahan is the opposite of an enigma. He is easily explained. He is pleased by simple pleasures. He defines his life by four pillars: chef, record-store geek, husband, law-abiding citizen. Everything else is noise.
In judgment, he renders halfway...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 12:45 PM
In one of baseball's sweetest traditions, Stan Musial would play "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" on his harmonica for the so-called seventh-inning stretch of baseball's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Johnny Bench has stepped in for the 91-year-old...
| Mar 19, 2012
| 4:36 PM
When Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts walks around Wrigley Field, die-hard fans of the Northsiders always seem to want to tell him their age. “It …...
| Mar 10, 2012
| 3:18 PM
Forget the Mets' financing troubles attached to the Fred Wilpon/Bernie Madoff connection. Look past the Red Sox's franchise-reshaping, where these days only the uniforms seem unchanged, and the slow-moving sale of the Dodgers.
The chaos at the Padres'...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 9:16 AM
Late Wednesday night, someone named Tom Hamilton sent me this email with the subject line “And I am a Cubs fan’’:
“I was all excited about our new YOUNG Management team, thinking they would make a difference. Interesting Fact...
| Dec 18, 2011
| 5:44 PM
If any of us wondered if celebrities would still visit Chicago after “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ended in May, we now have our answer.
Chicago is still a popular destination for film projects — which this year included “Man of...
| Jan 4, 2012
5:30 - 9 a.m. Jonathon Brandmeier
8:08 a.m. Johnny B gets a report on the Critics Choice Award from Gino Salomone.
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mike McConnell
10:05 a.m. They walked to school in the snow barefoot both ways. Boy do we have a lot to...