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June 21, 2006 | Michael A. Hiltzik, Times Staff Writer
The Chicago Cubs may be turning in a dismal on-field performance this year, but as a financial entity, it is still one of the most valuable franchises in pro sports. That could be important if the Cubs' owner, Tribune Co., remains under shareholder pressure to sell off corporate assets or there is a wholesale breakup of the media conglomerate.
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BUSINESS
March 4, 2005 | James P. Miller, Chicago Tribune
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.
SPORTS
February 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
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."
SPORTS
November 6, 2004 | Jason Reid and Steve Henson, Times Staff Writers
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.
SPORTS
August 8, 2004 | Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune
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.
SPORTS
July 11, 2004 | From Associated Press
A healthy Jim Edmonds is making a big contribution to the St. Louis Cardinals' perfect homestand. Edmonds homered for the fourth game in a row and Jeff Suppan worked six strong innings, helping the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, Saturday for their eighth consecutive victory. The Cubs have lost five in a row. Edmonds missed five starts in center field at the end of last month and early July with a groin injury, but the team has clicked since his return.
SPORTS
April 12, 2004 | From Associated Press
Pitching with a cut on his pitching hand, Kerry Wood tied a Chicago Cub record with seven consecutive strikeouts and finished with 11 in a 10-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Wood opened a scab on the top of his right thumb and kept having to wipe his hand on his uniform. "As long as I get the job done, I don't care what I look like," Wood said.
SPORTS
October 16, 2003 | Ross Newhan, Times Staff Writer
The sound of champagne corks popping in the jubilant clubhouse of the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night echoed through the nearby and silent clubhouse of the Chicago Cubs like the disconcerting bleats of that cursing billy goat.
SPORTS
October 16, 2003 | Bill Plaschke
It wasn't about a billy goat. It was about a stubborn manager who refused to pull his pitcher when he was braying with exhaustion. It wasn't about a hex. It was about a vexing decision to allow a shortstop to swing a bat with the pitcher on deck. The Chicago Cubs did not lose because they were cursed. They lost because they were worse.
SPORTS
October 16, 2003 | Elliott Teaford, Times Staff Writer
All Steve Bartman really wanted was to catch a foul ball headed his way and to see his beloved Chicago Cubs clinch the National League championship series with a victory Tuesday over the Florida Marlins, sending his team to its first World Series since 1945.
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