“It’s Powered by Tradition”

  I only lived in Chicago for a couple years but I can vouch for the fact that it's a divided city.  Each little section corresponds to a certain ethnicity and the gaps in between are pretty much filled with yuppies.  But more importantly, there's the huge divide separating the North and South sides of the city, a divide best exemplified by the Cubs up north and the White Sox down south. Although we know all about the rivalry and mutual dislike between the two groups of fans, not to mention their socio-economic disparities, sometimes that difference can only be truly explained in pictures.  Moving pictures, to be more exact.  And no, I don't mean Ozzie and Lou.  I'm talking Ron Swanson: That, my friends, is a rivalry.  Powered by tradition. -A...
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Notes from a Semi-Regular Tradition

Sunday was my first opportunity to get to the ballpark in 2012, so I grabbed a friend, put on some black and headed to Sox Park for Jackie Robinson Day! I've seen some great baseball on Jackie Robinson Days past, all of which were pitchers duels (my drug of choice), but with a Rick Porcello v. Chris Sale matchup looming, I wasn't expecting much. The pair would end up surprising me, but that wasn't all:
  • This was the FIRST April baseball game in Chicago I have ever attended where a hat, gloves and scarf were not needed. No joke. I was in a t-shirt. Sweating at times.
  • Miggy can play D. I hung two stars on my scorecard for him, including a barehanded grab-and-throw that nailed a speedy Alexei Ramirez at first.
  • I understand the importance of Jackie Robinson Day...
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The Dovid Dobin Show 4/9/2012

What baseball trends are real? Which sports figures have been taken out of context? And just who will pull off the upsets in the NHL Playoffs? Keep up during the week on Facebook and Twitter, then tune in for the next episode, Monday at 6 Eastern/3 Pacific Monday on MTR Radio. The Dovid Dobin Show Podcast 4/9/2012...
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The Tricks They Play!

What does a World Champion do to his World Champion pal on April Fool's Day?

Berkman plays truck prank on Wainwright

By Jenifer Langosch / JUPITER, Fla. -- Lance Berkman and several Cardinals teammates helped pull off a terrific April Fools' joke on Adam Wainwright during Sunday's game. The pranksters had the public address announcer give away a car to a fan, who, playing along with the gag, ran onto the field to collect his gift. Berkman drove the vehicle -- Wainwright's white Chevy Silverado -- onto the field and past an unsuspecting Wainwright, who did a double-take at the license plate while sitting in the dugout. The winning fan, who was David Freese's cousin, jumped into the back of the truck and Berkman drove out of the stadium.
FANTASTIC! I love being witness to the shenanigans baseballers indulge in. And I ain't talkin' about chicken, beer and video game shenanigans. I'm talkin' about Read more

The Filibuster

So the Cubs traded their best lefty (Sean Marshall) for Travis Wood and then Travis Wood doesn't even make the team. Is Theo doing it right? Gabe Harvey, IL ___________________________________ Remember when Barack Obama first came into office and the U.S. and world economies were doing their best impressions of 1929?  Well, that's kind of where Epstein sits right now.  It would be easier to just burn the place down and start over (which is always an option when you're talking about Chicago) but there's no way anyone would support that.  So, he's going to have to make the most of what he has and slowly try to rebuild. That doesn't necessarily mean simply accepting the situation, though.  Normally, when you pay big money for a guy or give up a big name in a trade, the expectation is that new guy is going to play and you'll just have to suffer if he doesn't quite...
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Absence of Ozzie Not Enough to Shut Sox Mouth

Jake Peavy sure has a loose yapper. In fact, it might be even more loose than his formerly detached latissimus dorsi, just one of the myriad things that have led to his supreme suckage in a White Sox uniform. Sports Illustrated recently predicted the White Sox would lose 95 games in 2012. I don't see that prediction as overly hyperbolic. The Sox were awful last year, and they haven't done much to improve. In fact, after dealing Santos to the Blue Jays, I'd even say the 2012 team, on paper, IS WORSE than 2011's. Still, Peavy and his Curt Schilling-like tongue is quick to point out that such an observation is off:
"That ain't going to happen. I can promise you that. This team has too much pride. We are going to compete. That's all there is to it." (link)
Whatever you say, Jake. Whatever you say. If Peavy is correct (he's...
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Welcome to the new

Welcome to the new! We are pleased to welcome you to our new site. Our archived articles will soon be on the site but for now enjoy our latest posts by the best journalist in the country! All of our features will be back and working very soon!  ...
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