Chicago trading firm founder Randall Rye was living the high life last fall when he plunked down $110,000 for the hottest tickets in town — the Cubs' World Series. At Game 5 in Wrigley Field, Rye found himself taking a selfie with actor Bill Murray in a field-level section down the first base line. "Go Cubs go!" a beaming Rye, then 25, posted on Twitter over the photo of himself and Murray. Such splurging was nothing new for Rye. After founding his company, Faster Than Light Trading LLC, in September 2015, he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on tickets to mega-events ranging from the Super Bowl to the Masters golf tournament, prosecutors said. He jetted off to exotic locales such as Bali
Jose Quintana sounds relieved he won’t have to face his former White Sox teammates this week. The pitcher said Tuesday morning that he’s ecstatic for his new opportunity with the Cubs, who have made him feel very comfortable these first two weeks. After he earned his second win for the Cubs on Sunday night, Quintana spent part of pregame Monday with his former White Sox teammates in visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field. They caught up on small talk and Quintana said they spent as much time together as they could. That’s a luxury he wouldn’t have been afforded had he been preparing to face them on Monday instead. The Cubs decided last Friday that Quintana would pitch Sunday night against the St.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network said yesterday that the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs have been engaged in trade talks involving starting pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila. Morosi also noted that the Los Angeles Dodgers have shown interest in Verlander as well. Whether this is idyl chitchatting of serious dispute is unclear, of course. Everything is unclear in the leadup to the deadline. The veteran right-hander is carrying a 4.50 with a 120/57 K/BB ratio over 124 innings. Verlander impressed last year, finishing second in AL Cy Young Award balloting, but he has fallen back to Earth in 2017. His velocity remains high, however, and it’s not hard to imagine him going on a solid run in