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Tribune staff reporterCubs closer LaTroy Hawkins went down kicking and screaming Tuesday afternoon after imploding in the ninth inning of a devastating 11-8 loss to St. Louis at Wrigley Field. Manager Dusty Baker and four of his coaches were needed to restrain the enraged...
Tribune staff reporterEsteban Loaiza wasn't himself before Tuesday night's game. He was sweating and spitting up. "Don't be surprised if I throw up on the mound," Loaiza told White Sox radio analyst Ed Farmer less than an hour before the game. Perhaps that explains why...
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...
Tags: Sammy Sosa, Chicago Cubs, Piracy, Crimes, Ty Wigginton
Tribune staff reporterA couple of hours before one of the wildest Cubs games of the season, manager Dusty Baker was discussing the difficulties of playing in the launching pad known as Coors Field. "This is the toughest place in baseball to manage," Baker said. "Some of the...
Tribune staff reporterGreg Maddux has said all along that getting the Cubs into the postseason was more important than going for his 300th win. Sunday he proved those weren't empty words. On an electric day at Wrigley Field, Maddux's attempt to reach a coveted milestone...
Tribune staff reporterThe belief that strike zones tend to shrink and expand depending on the stature of the player involved in the matchup was tested again Wednesday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs dropped another one-run decision with a 3-2 loss to Houston before 39,326 in a...
Tags: Jose Macias, Chicago Cubs, Baseball, Derrek Lee, Carlos Beltran
Tribune staff reporterIt took Cubs manager Dusty Baker fewer than 12 seasons to garner 1,000 career victories, a milestone he reached Monday night with a 5-2 win over Montreal at Olympic Stadium. "It's special, because not everybody gets to 1,000," Baker said. "It lets you...
Tribune staff reporterWith a sellout crowd of 39,078 on its feet and screaming, Derrek Lee came up with the biggest clutch hit of the season Saturday, capping a perfect afternoon at Wrigley Field. Lee's three-run, eighth-inning double off Florida reliever Rudy Seanez gave the...
Tribune staff reporterThere was no evidence of a black cat strolling in front of the Cubs' dugout late Saturday afternoon in Shea Stadium, as happened in a September loss one day before the Cubs dropped out of first place during the fateful summer collapse of 1969. The Cubs...
Special to the TribuneIs this the start of something big, or is it just another false start? The Cubs keep talking about stringing together a stretch of winning games, but lately they keep throwing in clunkers. Well, now they have a chance again, following Monday's 7-2...
Tags: Moises Alou, Sammy Sosa, Basketball, Chicago Cubs, Ryan Dempster
Tribune staff reporterThe Cubs may have caught a break Wednesday when first-base umpire Mark Wegner ruled Mark Grudzielanek's ninth-inning fly ball down the right-field line was a fair ball. Close calls haven't gone in the Cubs' favor much over the last few months, but this...
Tribune staff reporterGreg Maddux took one for the team in the first inning Thursdaya sharp grounder off his right calf. After falling behind 4-1 early, his Cubs teammates rewarded the veteran right-hander with a parcel of runs in a 9-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers...
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