June 21, 2001
CHICAGO - It's turning into a tale so enchanting that parents should consider telling it bedside to their children at night. The Chicago Cubs have gone from "Viewer Discretion Advised" to "Viewers Advised," meaning get to Wrigley Field to experience the enchantment. The Cubs are 42-27 and lead the National League Central by five games after last night's 9-4 victory in St. Louis. Chicago started the season hot, then lost eight consecutive games to fall to 21-20. Talk was about how they had overachieved earlier in the season and the "real" Cubs were back.
April 29, 2000
Quote: "That's the way they play this game. When you don't do good, they put somebody in your spot." -- third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who was optioned by the Pirates to Triple-A Nashville after hitting .180 and making four errors It's a fact: On the same day fellow "Nasty Boy" Norm Charlton was released by the Reds, former reliever Rob Dibble led the singing of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" at Wrigley Field. Who's hot: Cardinals' Fernando Tatis has a 13-game hitting streak. Who's not: The Reds' Pete Harnisch has given up six homers in 25 innings.
February 20, 2000
MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs have two huge reasons to believe that they will get up off the mat in the National League Central after last year's disappointing sixth-place finish. The Cubs were one of the few teams able to trade for a quality starting pitcher in the off-season (Ismael Valdes), and the club expects to have 1998 phenom Kerry Wood back in the rotation in early April. If all goes well, they'll have at least four solid starters (including veterans Kevin Tapani and Jon Lieber)