April 30, 2009
(Chicago, IL) – It has been a tough start to the 2009 season for the Chicago Cubs, capped off by a crushing 10-0 defeat at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday.
The Cubs were not only the favorite to win the National League Central this year, but also the entire National League. But after their terrible start, it’s looking increasingly unlikely. In fact, most fans recognize that the season is over after the Cubs have apparently lost 85 games already.
April 22, 2009
(Chicago, IL) – Dusty Baker managed the Chicago Cubs until 2006, when he led them to the worst record in the National League. At the time of his departure, he hinted at racial undertones that may have influenced the decision.
More recently, Baker noted publicly that Chicago is a tough place to play and manage for African Americans, and upon returning to Chicago for his Reds to take on the Cubs, he says little has changed.
April 16, 2009
(Boston, MA) – The 2009 baseball season is up and kicking, and although interesting stories abound, none seems to capture the national imagination more than anything and everything about Manny Ramirez. From his bizarre exit from Boston last year, to his will-he-won’t-he sign with Los Angeles, folks just can’t seem to get enough of Manny’s antics.
Of course, Red Sox fans were mildly relieved to see his tiresome act ride off into the sunset, and his performance was ably replaced by a new MVP-calibre player: second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
But unfortunately for them, Manny’s baseball production wasn’t the only thing that Dusty Pedroia replaced.
April 13, 2009
(Milwaukee, WI) – The Chicago Cubs took it to the Milwaukee Brewers last night, winning the rubber game of the series 8-5. Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster threw well enough for the win, but was erratic at times. It looked as though he was perhaps too amped up to pitch under control.
After the game, Dempster confirmed that his excitement over baseball being back was at least part of the problem.
April 6, 2009
(Bristol, CT) – It’s here. It’s finally here.
Opening Day, and all the wonder that comes with it. Peanuts, cracker jacks, cripplingly overpriced tickets. And of course, it brings out all the prognosticators. Who will win the MVP? Who will be a break out star? Who will win it all?
Sports network monolith ESPN recently went about making its predictions for the 2009 baseball season. Some predictions were to be expected, but some others were a bit more surprising.