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Congratulations, Ryno!

It's been a long road in Cubdom. The club has struggled for the past few years as ownership and the front office have transitioned. I'm genuinely optimistic about the direction of the on-field team... while genuinely disappointed with the constant drive to squeeze every bit of revenue from the fans....


Ryne Sandberg

Ryne Sandberg is the greatest player to ever play second base! A nine time Gold Glover... ten time All-Star... ... eight Silver Sluggers ... and now a Hall of Famer! yne Sandberg was born in Spokane Washington on September 18, 1959. He was named after Ryne Duren, a Yankees relief...


All-Star voting 2009

Every year, I publish my all-star ballot. My criteria is to look at stats, but sometimes disregard the stats if I am a big fan of a particular player. So, for 2009, here's my ASG ballot. Position American League National League First Base Cabrera, M., DET Pujols, A., STL Second...


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Sandberg movin' on up

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Cubs score big for the All-star game

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Recycling the empties at Wrigley Field

Have you ever wondered what the Cubs do with all those empty beer cans after a game? Me neither... but I was waiting in line for day-of-game Cubs/Sox tickets yesterday and a truck from Bucktown Recycling pulled up to the gate. (The gate by the Harry Caray statue, I think...


Cubs Sox coincidence, 10 years later

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TribCo Revenue Grab: Revenue Estimate for The Sandberg Game 2

Ryno's coming to Wrigley Field in July. I've already examined how this came about, now let's whip out our calculators (or Excel spreadsheets as the case may be.) and see if we can't get an estimate of the increased revenue to the ball club. For this exercise, I used my...


TribCo Revenue Grab: Ryne Sandberg to manage at Wrigley

Deep in the Bowels of the Tribune Company, Sam Zell and a handful of Tribune Company executives are seated around a conference room table. Sam Zell: We took out too much debt to buy this blasted company. Everybody needs to come up with a way to make more money, pronto!...


All Star Voting - My Favorite Player Edition

Way back in the day, I used to publish my all-star votes periodically as a way to discuss the rest of the league. Now that all-star voting is available again this year, I think I'll do so again. Position American League National League First Base Morneau, J., MIN Lee, D.,...


A win is a win

This afternoon, the Cubs defeated the Red Sox for the second consecutive. As it turns out, most of the country was unable to watch the game because Fox decided that fans elsewhere were more interested in the Cardinals/Yankees or A's/Braves. Fortunately for me, the Indianapolis affiliate aired the Cubs game...


Life Ain't Fair

I'm watching the MLB productions recap of the 1999 World Series on ESPN classic. I had forgotten that Darryl Strawberry played on that Yankees team... and it got me thinking, life ain't fair. World Series Rings Darryl Strawberry (4) 1986, 1996, 1998, 1999 Ryne Sandberg, Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, Billy...


Vine Line Tid-bits, March 2005

This month's Vine Line came in the mail a while back. So, having had an opportunity to sit down and read it, it is time to extract the tid-bits. The cover this month has a picture of Sammy Sosa in the shadows, holding a bat by his leg while looking...


Spring, the perfect time for pessimism

2004 was to 1985 as 2005 will be to? A. 1993 B. 1986 C. 1907 D. 1969 E. None of the Above The similarities between the 1985 Cubs and the 2004 team are a little scary. The 1984 team nearly went to the World Series and so did the 2003...


Vine Line Tid-bits, February 2005

This month's Vine Line came in the mail last Tuesday. So, having had an opportunity to sit down and read it this weekend, it is time to extract the tid-bits. The cover this month has a smiling Ryne Sandberg wearing a blue shirt, tie, sportcoat, and Hall of Fame hat....


Cubs Convention 2005: Unique Memorabilia

On Friday of the convention, I went strolling through the exhibition halls full of Cubs memorabilia. Of course, there was your standard fare, but there were also some truly unique pieces of memorabilia available for sale. So, I snapped some photos and took some notes, and now I present them...


Cubs Convention Remembrances - Part One

The Cubs Convention starts this Friday, and I will be attending for the first time in several years. As best I can remember, I think this will be my fifth convention. What follows is the first in a four part series of my personal Cubs Convention recollections. My first convention...


Vine-Line Tid-bits, January 2005

The Vine-Line came while I was gone over Christmas, and I'm just getting around to reading it. There are some good tid-bits in this month's issue. The cover has a black and white photograph of Phil Cavarretta. The hadline says '60 Years Later, 1945 MVP Phil Cavarretta recalls the Cubs'...


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