Why the Cubs Shouldn’t Bet the Farm on Whit Merrifield

Rumors have persisted since the stretch run of the 2019 season that the Chicago Cubs have been interested in acquiring Whit Merrifield from the Kansas City Royals. In 2019, the one-time All-Star utility player led MLB in hits (206) and triples (10). In 2018, he led MLB in hits (102) and stolen bases (45). Merrifield…

“Big Boy Time” Coming for Cubs at Mets

Earlier this month, Cubs manager Joe Maddon used the phrase "big boy time" with reference to how he planned to distribute playing time after the July 31 trade deadline. https://twitter.com/ESPNChiCubs/status/1157038167540883473 This phrase has taken on new meaning following a three-game sweep by the Washington Nationals to close out the Cubs' most recent homestand. While the…

It’s Time for Cubs Fans to Embrace Villainy

The world changed for Cubs fans on November 2, 2016 (or November 3 in Cleveland and Toronto), the night the Cubs won the World Series after a 108-year championship drought. It finally happened! But we were not truly prepared for what came next - villain status. The World Series title transformed the Cubs from "lovable…

Thoughts on “Ethical Fandom”

Sports teams are owned by rich assholes. Rich assholes tend to support political assholes like Donald Trump. Fans and media personalities often admonish players and other fans to "keep politics out of sports" but don't expect the same from team owners. An ugly reminder of this fact surfaced on Wednesday night with the news release…

Why Do Fans Defend Disgraced Athletes?

The impending conclusion of Chicago Cubs INF Addison Russell's suspension for conduct in violation of the MLB domestic violence policy has prompted new discussion about whether he should be welcomed back to the Cubs roster. While it has been reported that Russell will remain with AAA Iowa for the time being for baseball-related reasons, there are…

Jon Lester, MLB’s Most Dependable Postseason Starter Among Active Pitchers

Cubs SP Jon Lester has enjoyed a long and successful career before and after joining the Northsiders prior to the 2015 season. While he has not been a Cub long enough to make his mark on some of the franchise pitching leaderboards, his dependability has made him one of the top postseason starting pitchers in…