Big League Stew

  • Addicted to losing: Some Cubs fans want their team to lose World Series, survey shows

    Jay Hart at Big League Stew 19 mins ago

    America overwhelming wants the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series. But do Cubs fans?

    By a more than 4-to-1 margin, America is rooting for the Cubs to defeat the Cleveland Indians, according to a Yahoo Sports/YouGov poll. At the same, 1 in 4 diehard Cubs fans say that if their team finally wins the World Series for the first time since 1908, they will actually miss rooting for a team that’s identity is rooted in losing.

    In other words, more than 10,000 of the 42,000 or so fans who will be screaming their heads off this weekend at Wrigley Field will actually miss a 108-year losing streak should the Cubs finally win.

    Make sense? Well, it does for Cubs fans who, according to the same poll, say losing brings them together. In fact, 86 percent say there is a camaraderie amongst Cubs fans that is rooted in a pride associated with rooting for a perennial loser.

    And while most do want to see the Cubs win in their lifetime, three percent of diehard Cubs fans polled said they actually don’t.

    As Harry Caray would say, “Holy cow!”

    About this survey: YouGov surveyed 1,411 Americans, of which 745 identified as Major League Baseball fans and 209 identified as a “diehard Cubs fan.”

  • What it's like to be a White Sox fan when the Cubs are in the World Series

    Big League Stew 31 mins ago

    By Blake Schuster / Special to Yahoo Sports

    An hour after the Cubs clinched the pennant, I got a text from one of the only other White Sox fans I knew growing up on the North Shore.

    “The world is ending,” he wrote. “This is one of the worst days of my life.”

    It was the first time I’d heard from him in at least two years, but empathy was vital here and who else could understand these complex emotions?

    There are two schools of thought Sox fans like me are dealing with as the Cubs play in their first World Series since the Truman administration. The first: This month has been unbelievably awesome. There may be no sports fan, certainly no baseball fan, who hasn’t imagined what this moment would look and feel like. It is truly amazing to have this happen while I’m alive. I wish I could be back home to see it in person.

    The second: Everything is awful. May the Cubs crash and burn.

    And how could I hate this specific team? It may be the most exciting group of ballplayers I’ve followed in my lifetime.

    No, I want the Cubs to lose — be it six games, seven games, doesn’t matter — for the same reason so many want them to win: the kid in me craves it.

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  • The Cubs' quest to the World Series gets 'Legend of Zelda' treatment

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 hr ago

    With the World Series finally in Chicago, there’s no shortage of interesting things the locals are doing to celebrate. That includes Johnny Fitz Live, the Cubs fan who has become a Big League Stew favorite the past two seasons, for putting Cubs spins on 8-bit video games.

    And now, with the World Series turning to Wrigley Field for Game 3 on Friday, he’s given us his magnum opus. Behold his “Legend of Zelda”-inspired World Series adventure:

    This new one, though, is filled with great references both new and old — like slaying the Billy Goat and Anthony Rizzo using Matt Szczur’s bat to break out of his NLCS slump.

    Johnny Fitz writes in his YouTube description: “Go Cubs, and as always, if you enjoyed the video, please feel free to use your considerable power and influence to get me tickets to the game.”

    Somebody get on that. He deserves it.

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  • This Week in 'Pitch': The trade deadline is a cruel mistress

    Liz Roscher at Big League Stew 1 hr ago

    Welcome back to our weekly coverage of “Pitch.” The show is back from its break just in time for the World Series, but in the world of “Pitch,” they’ve just hit the trade deadline. Who will be traded? Who will stay in San Diego? Read on to find out.

    Caution: The following article contains spoilers for season 1, episode 5 of “Pitch,” as well as the previous four episodes. 

    ON THE FIELD Most of this episode’s action is related to the trade deadline, which is just two days away. Ginny is not taking it well, and this episode confirms my greatest fears about her: Ginny might be the least interesting character on the show. That’s quite an accomplishment considering she’s the first female pitcher in the majors. Ginny spends the entire episode worried about the trade deadline like it’s something she’s never heard of before. “What if my teammates get traded? What if my only friend gets traded?” are questions she actually asks. Even as a minor leaguer she would have experienced prospects being traded to other teams, so it’s ludicrous that she’s confused by this.



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  • Meet the Cubs fan who sent a drone to Trevor Bauer

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 15 hrs ago

    When your favorite team hasn’t won a World Series in 108 years, you’ll do just about anything to help them gain a mental advantage. So when the Chicago Cubs made it to the World Series, life-long Cubs fan Jason Mollett sprung into action.

    Upon looking over the Cleveland Indians’ roster, Mollett decided starting pitcher Trevor Bauer would be his target. Bauer was already in the midst of an interesting postseason. A few days before the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays, it was announced that Bauer had cut his pinky while repairing his drone. Bauer was able to start during Game 3 of that series, but lasted just two-thirds of an inning after the cut on his finger ripped open and bled all over the mound.

    I see the @Cubs fans love me! How nice of them to send me a gift!

    — Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) October 26, 2016

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  • Kyle Schwarber not medically cleared to play field as World Series moves to Wrigley

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 18 hrs ago

    CHICAGO — The Cubs will have one less dangerous bat in their lineup when the World Series shifts to Wrigley Field on Friday for Game 3, because Kyle Schwarber was not medically cleared to play the field and thus, won’t be in the starting lineup.

    Schwarber, whose amazing return from injury and subsequent success, has become the biggest individual story of this World Series. After a Game 2 performance in which he had two hits and two RBIs against the Cleveland Indians as the Cubs’ designated hitter, Chicago was clamoring to see whether Schwarber would defy the odds again and get the OK from doctors to allow his surgically reconstructed knee to patrol the outfield.

    “Just too much risk associated with playing the field at this time,” said Cubs president Theo Epstein. “We have to look out for Kyle’s long-term interests.”

    The decision was made before batting practice Thursday, after a phone call with the doctors who repaired Schwarber’s knee after he tore both his ACL and MCL in an outfield collision in April.

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  • A baseball legend will grace the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 19 hrs ago

    As a child, there was nothing better than getting together with your friends and destroying them in a sports video game. Winning the most recent game and holding bragging rights over your best friend was everything when you were 10 years old.

    Thankfully, the Internet has made it so that those rivalries can continue online today. While some of your favorite old games may no longer exist, MLB The Show has been carrying the baseball torch for quite some time.

    On Thursday, The Show revealed which player would grace the cover of next year’s game. Their choice is definitely going to take you back to being a kid (hint hint, wink wink).

    A legendary game needs a legendary cover. Welcome back to The Show, Junior. #TheKidIsBack

    — MLB The Show (@MLBTheShow) October 27, 2016

    Yeah, that looks awesome.

    There’s really not much else to say here other than:

    Yep, that about sums it up.

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  • Sammy Sosa won't reunite with the Cubs during the World Series

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 20 hrs ago

    Reaching the World Series is the ideal time for a franchise to celebrate and reflect on its tremendous history. Teams will trot out legendary players, big-name celebrities and even the president in order to rile up the home crowd.

    This presents quite an opportunity for the Chicago Cubs. As everyone knows, the team hasn’t reached the World Series since 1945. A lot has happened since then, giving them plenty of opportunities to cash in on nostalgia.

    One player who won’t be included in any of that is former outfielder Sammy Sosa. In an interview with Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal, Sosa admits he hasn’t spoken to anyone with the club in “about three years.”

    The Cubs have not retired his No. 21 jersey. They have not invited him to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, or sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” or work with their young hitters. Sosa said about three years have passed since he had any kind of contact with anyone in the organization.

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  • Finalists announced for the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

    Liz Roscher at Big League Stew 21 hrs ago

    Much like the Hollywood awards season, baseball has its own awards season. With the World Series already at Game 3 and the end of baseball staring everyone in the face, that means awards time is upon us. The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, given for defensive excellence, got an early jump on things, announcing the three finalists for every American League and National League position on Thursday afternoon.

    They made their announcement via Twitter, with one tweet for each position in each league, 18 in all. To spare you the insanity of trying to figure out every player’s Twitter handle, I’ll give you a Twitter-free rundown.



    First base:

    Second Base:

    Third Base:


    Left Field:

    Center Field:

    Right Field: 



    First Base:

    Second Base:

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    Left field:

    Center field:

    Right field:

    The 18 Gold Gloves, one for each position in the AL and the NL, will be announced in a live show on Nov. 8 on ESPN. Baseball will be over by that point, so it’ll be a great way to get your fix.

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  • Some Wrigleyville bars charging $250 to watch the World Series on TV

    Liz Roscher at Big League Stew 22 hrs ago

    World Series tickets in Chicago will cost you a very pretty (perhaps even gorgeous) penny. But let’s say you want to watch the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians play on TV at a bar in Wrigleyville, which is next to Wrigley Field. You should be able to do that for significantly less money, right?

    Wrong. Apparently some bars in Wrigleyville are charging up to $250 to get in the door, which is an insane amount of money. At least that price gets you more than just in the door: it also includes food and drinks. What it does not include is a place to sit. So you get buffet food and drinks for the pleasure of standing and watching the World Series while packed like a sardine at a bar. If that’s the atmosphere you’re looking for, then more power to you. I watched Game 4 the 2004 World Series in a bar that was so crowded that it was surely breaking fire code regulations, and it was a blast.

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