My Grandmother and Mr. Cub

This past week reminded me of a few simple things, like how I started my mostly joyous, yet sometimes frustrating journey as a Cub fan.


Why Jon Lester Should Not Get David Ross as His Personal Catcher

Published on January 27th, 201520 comment

When the Cubs signed David Ross, Jon Lester’s personal catcher the last two seasons in Boston, many thought it was to reunite the battery on Lester’s starts in 2015. Yet all the valid reasons to have Ross catch Lester exclusively in Boston aren’t present in Chicago. Also, a few brief thoughts on the passing of Mr. Cub.

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Banning The Shift? Not Necessary, Rob Manfred

Published on January 26th, 201530 comment

On just his first day as Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred is already making waves. In a sit down interview with Karl Ravech of ESPN, Manfred proposed some changes that the league could potentially consider over the next couple of years.

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GirlieView (01/22/2015)

Published on January 22nd, 201534 comment

GirlieView is a VFTB recap column on alternate Thursdays. We give our readers props for having timely and funny quotes from the past two weeks of VFTB commentary. Join us for a few good laughs!

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Trade Reaction: Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily for Dexter Fowler

Published on January 20th, 201536 comment

If you missed the news yesterday, the Cubs made a trade to acquire the services of Dexter Fowler, sending Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily to the Astros in return.

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Watch Out, Spectators, The Cubs Have Signed Daniel Bard

Published on January 19th, 201524 comment

Amidst the big-name free agent signings that have filled this offseason, the Chicago Cubs have made a move that somehow seemed to go unnoticed to the majority of fans and analysts alike. Last weekend, the team came to terms with former Boston Red Sox flamethrower Daniel Bard on a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training.

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The Final Frontier: The Cubs’ Convention

Published on January 16th, 201522 comment

It took writing a book about the Cubs for me to attend my first Cubs’ Convention; it was a weekend of fun, weirdness, grace and humility.

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The Importance of the Bullpen for the 2015 Cubs

Published on January 13th, 201566 comment

The Cubs’ vastly improved bullpen from the second half of last season is one of the most underrated in baseball, and was a huge reason the Cubs went from awful over the first quarter of 2014 to respectable by the end of the season. Over the first half of 2015, the Cubs will likely lean heavily on it.

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Remaining NFL QBs Have Connections To MLB

Published on January 12th, 201517 comment

With the offseason in a bit of a down period (aside from the Ben Zobrist to Oakland trade and Max Scherzer/James Shields’ 2015 landing spots still up in the air), many fans have turned their attention to football. While my Detroit Lions were eliminated in the first round, I have still tuned in to see the action. With the conference championships upon us, each of the four remaining teams quarterbacks all have ties to baseball in one form or another.

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