December 21, 2007 |
On his first day in charge of Tribune Co., Sam Zell set an ambitious goal: Sell the Chicago Cubs by opening day. The Cubs, one of baseball's most storied yet least successful clubs, are expected to command a record sale price for a major league team. If Tribune were to package the team with venerable Wrigley Field and the Cubs' stake in Chicago's cable sports channel, the price could exceed $1 billion, two sports finance experts said Thursday.
October 3, 2007 |
PHOENIX -- Here, the youth movement worked. Three rookies and a second-year shortstop will be in the lineup for the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field tonight when they open their National League division series against the Chicago Cubs. A 20-year-old right fielder and a third-year first baseman also probably will be on the field in the next few days. Whereas the Dodgers are turning their team over to their future nucleus in phases, the Diamondbacks did so abruptly.
September 24, 2007 |
His parents say he can go by his middle name, Alexander, when he's old enough to decide, but for now the newborn will be known by his first name: Wrigley. And his last name: Fields. His parents are Paul and Teri Fields of Michigan City, Ind. They are, as one might suspect, fans of the Chicago Cubs, the team that has played at Wrigley Field since 1916. A Cubs spokeswoman said the team had no record of other children named Wrigley.
July 22, 2007 |
Analyzing odds for upcoming games and events. The Angels aren't the only team that has seen a once-commanding lead in its division shrink. Milwaukee, which flew out of the gate and opened a sizable advantage on its five rivals in the National League Central, has been struggling in recent weeks, enabling streaking Chicago to climb to within 2 1/2 games. The way they began the season, it did not seem possible the Cubs would seriously challenge the Brewers in 2007.
June 4, 2007 |
Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella on Sunday was suspended indefinitely and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for his latest dirt-kicking tirade against an umpire. Piniella was ejected in the eighth inning of the Cubs' 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
April 3, 2007 |
Who's going to buy the Chicago Cubs, and for how much? With Tribune Co. saying Monday that it was putting the storied franchise on the block to raise cash, speculation centered around several big names, including Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the NBA's Phoenix Suns and a former owner of that team and baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks, and Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks.
March 4, 2005 |
It's only spring training, but former Chicago Cub Sammy Sosa has already shown that he's an "impact player" -- at least when it comes to the first-quarter profit of Cub owner Tribune Co. The Cubs were so eager to send Sosa packing that they agreed over the winter to pay in the neighborhood of $16 million just to get out of the final year of the outfielder's contract. And that, Tribune said Thursday, would reduce first-quarter earnings by nearly 3 cents a share.
February 3, 2005 |
Tapping his heart and thrusting both thumbs upward, Sammy Sosa stepped to the podium and flashed the broad smile that Chicago Cub fans know too well. Sosa loved his 13 seasons with the Cubs, yet he put all that behind him Wednesday upon joining the Baltimore Orioles. "I gave Chicago everything that I have. It was a beautiful experience for my wife and family," he said. "I had a great time in Chicago, but you have to move on. This is my new house, and I love it."
November 6, 2004 |
All-Star right fielders Shawn Green and Sammy Sosa would switch teams in a trade proposal the Dodgers and Chicago Cubs plan to discuss at next week's general manager meetings, baseball executives said Friday. The clubs will explore a deal that would send Green to Chicago and bring Sosa -- the 1998 National League most valuable player -- to Los Angeles in an exchange of high-priced outfielders.
August 8, 2004 |
Like a stealth bomber flying under the radar, Greg Maddux tried to sneak to his locker without notice late Saturday afternoon at SBC Park. But Maddux was quickly ambushed by a dozen teammates who'd been waiting for this moment for a week. Fellow starter Kerry Wood popped the first champagne cork, and in a matter of seconds, Maddux was drenched and drained at the same time.