The San Francisco Giants again seem to be bringing out the best in the Cubs – or at least maybe sharpening their game and shaking them out of a World Series hangover. This isn’t as urgent as the dramatic playoff series that ended with a champagne-and-beer celebration in the Bay Area last year. It’s too early to tell if it will be the same spark as that four-game sweep in August 2015, when the Cubs caught fire, winning 97 games and two postseason rounds and fueling a free-agent spending spree that nearly totaled $290 million. More than 25 percent into the schedule, the 2017 team has already gone through several stops and starts without gaining a real sense of momentum. But the Cubs looked more
Do the Cubs have a World Series hangover? On the latest edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast, NBC Sports Bay Area Giants Insider Alex Pavlovic joins CSN's Patrick Mooney to talk about the World Series hangover, how last year's playoff loss lingered in San Francisco, Johnny Cueto's quirks, the legend of Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija's ups and downs. Plus Kelly Crull, Jeff Nelson and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs’ defensive struggles this year compared to an historic 2016 and how Ian Happ fits into the Cubs’ lineup in both the short and long term.
On the way to a Wrigley Field parking lot after the best day of his life, 11-year-old Brodie Case stopped smiling last Friday only long enough to focus on the screen of a smartphone his stunned father asked him to read. "On the ESPN App, the headline said 'Young Cubs fan plays catch with Willson Contreras,'" Brodie recalled Thursday. "I was like, 'Oh, wow, that's cool, Dad. That's me!'" That was the kid whose innocent interaction with Contreras during a rain delay in the Cubs' 6-3 loss the Brewers attracted 2.1 million views on the Cubs' Facebook page —– and counting. The kid who just finished the fifth grade at Somonauk Middle School in this small village of 1,884, about 65 miles west of Chicago,