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The Chicago Cubs celebrate after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) The Chicago Cubs celebrate after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Lonesome Cub: Family ties

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The father and the son, connected by 27 years of Cub suffering, would watch Game 7 of the World Series hundreds of miles apart

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The Lonesome Cub: Best Night Ever

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast). Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (40) hits a home run during the fourth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast). Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (40) hits a home run during the fourth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Chicago.
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".....Do they still play the blues in Chicago When baseball season rolls around When the snow melts away, Do the Cubbies still play In their ivy-covered burial ground......"

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Lonesome Cub: Feels like...

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Let me tell you what it doesn't feel like.It doesn't feel like 1969.  That was a veteran team at every position.  If they couldn't get it done after that epic collapse, it was hard to see it happening going forward.  Sure enough, the Cubs kept the group together for a few more years, and the results were as expected.  There was the hilarious 1973 season, where the entire Eastern Division was horrible.  Nobody could get above .500 except the Cubs, who were 10 ga... More>>

SUMMER OF '69

There was so much going on, it was hard for an 11 year old to keep up.  The Summer of '69.Jimmy quit, Jody got marriedI should've known we'd never get farI have some vague memories of the Cubs before '69.  Of course, they weren't good ones.  I do remember feigning illness, and skipping school, duiring the 1967 and 1968 World Series.  Welcome to the St. Louis Cardinals at a young age.  Thank you Detroit.  But by '69, I was all in.  And on opening day, ... More>>

Lonesome Cub: I Do Not Care

Fans gather on the streets outside of Wrigley Field after the Cubs won 6-4 in Game 4 in baseball's National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) Fans gather on the streets outside of Wrigley Field after the Cubs won 6-4 in Game 4 in baseball's National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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By: Lonesome CubST. LOUIS -- Slept like a baby last night.  Well, until nature called, and I made my usual middle of the night journey.  Stubbed my toe in the dark, it hurt so bad, I damn near cried.But I did not care.Woke up with a big smile on my face, went to have breakfast, and the Coco Puffs were gone.  So were the Fruit Loops.  And the Captain Crunch.  All that was left were the wife's grape nut flakes.  Seriously.But I did not care.Sent the dog out ... More>>

Lonesome Cub: Double Trouble

Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs is doused after his 20th win of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on September 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 4-0. Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs is doused after his 20th win of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on September 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 4-0.

OK, Cub fans.  I know you are very, very excited right now.  Your team is on the cusp on greatness.  Jake Arrieta is on the mound, and your dear friends from St. Louis are sweating bullets.  But before you get your hopes sky high, I have some bad news to pass along. More>>

Lonesome Cub: Game On

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Mem'ries,Light the corners of my mind__________________1945, Game 7 of the World Series, Cubs vs. Detroit.The Cubs set up Game 7 after a thrilling 12-inning win in Game 6 at Wrigley.  But it didn't take long for heartbreak to set in, as starting pitcher Hank Borowy couldn't make it out of the first inning, giving up a five spot.  The Tigers would go on to win 9-3 in a laugher and take the Series.  With this began the "Curse of the Billy Goat," as Billy Goat Tav... More>>

Lonesome Cub: Buy all the lumber you can

One game.After one of the most successful seasons in Cub history, racking up 97 wins, owning baseball's best record in the second half, our heroes reward is to be sent packing to Pittsburgh for a one game crapshoot against the Pirates, who happened to win 98 games. More>>

DEAR LONESOME CUB

Dear Lonesome Cub,My wife says I spend too much time watching the Cubs.  I read where you've been married for nearly 35 years.  Any advice?I wish I could help, but my wife isn't speaking to me.  She says I spend too much time watching the Cubs.Dear Lonesome Cub,What's it like being a Cub fan stuck in St. Louis?The Lord will not put more on my plate than I can handle. Dear Lonesome Cub,Giordano's, Gino's or Lou's?You have given The Lonesome Cub an impossible question... More>>

Lonesome Cub: Swagger

Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs (L), Addison Russell #22 and Anthony Rizzo #44 celebrate their win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on September 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 5-4. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs (L), Addison Russell #22 and Anthony Rizzo #44 celebrate their win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on September 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 5-4. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Swagger. The final ingredient that tells you the soup is ready. It arrived at Wrigley Field this weekend when Joe Maddon told the Cardinals to shove it.You can have top shelf starting pitching, and the Cubs do.  You can be set at the tail end of the bullpen, and the Cubs are.  You can have hitters sprinkled throughout your lineup, as the Cubs do.  But until you stand up and tell the bully you've had enough, you don't have anything.There have been ample opportunities for ... More>>

The Appetizer

Cubs and Cards.  In September.History shows that the two friendly rivals rarely battle down the stretch together. More>>

Piscotty tops off Cardinal comeback, Birds best Chicago 4-3 in finale

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It took 25 innings, but the Cardinals were finally able to wrestle a lead away from the Cubs Wednesday. More>>

The Lonesome Cub: Ah, September

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Ah, September.The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are falling, and the Chicago Cubs are Marching to Victoria.This is the way life was meant to be without having to live in St. Louis.   ___________________You may recall I was a tad nervous the last time we met.  Four straight losses on the west coast always does that to me.  And then Jake Arrieta arrived, followed by the pajama party on the way back to Wrigley.  Gotta hand it to Joe Maddon.  The tight... More>>

OH NO!

David Ross #3 of the Chicago Cubs (L) and Hector Rondon #56 shake hands after their win over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 6-3. David Ross #3 of the Chicago Cubs (L) and Hector Rondon #56 shake hands after their win over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 6-3.

Just when it looked safe to go outside, the Cubs have returned to 100 plus year form.Oh no! More>>

Lonesome Cub: Deep Dish

This March 30, 2007 file photo shows a server dishing up a slice of deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati's Pizza in Chicago. The 1 1/2 inch thick legendary pie, loaded with sausage, mushrooms, pepperoni, onions was invented in Chicago This March 30, 2007 file photo shows a server dishing up a slice of deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati's Pizza in Chicago. The 1 1/2 inch thick legendary pie, loaded with sausage, mushrooms, pepperoni, onions was invented in Chicago

Your Chicago Cubs are on pace to win 95 games.This is not the sort of thing you hear every day in Chicago.  Truth is, if you have a really nice set of ears, you might have heard this twice in those 70 years.  1984 and 2008.Good times.________________So I'm in Chicago Tuesday night, and I do what I always do.  Found the closest Lou Malnati's.  Unless I bump into a Gino's East or Giordano's on the way.  My nutritional needs are pretty simple.  First thing th... More>>

Lonesome Cub: Dad, Hippo, and the Ox

ST. LOUIS -- It's the Dog Days of August, and the Cubs are running roughshod over the National League.  There's only so many ways you can tell the world how great the Cubs are.  So today, after another glorious win, with a full belly and a smile on my face, I give you my favorite Cubs team.  Today, the pitchers.   The rotation looks strong. Sweetbread Bailey is at the top, because we share the same hometown of Joliet.  If you've never been there, think of ... More>>

The Outhouse is gone!

Jorge Soler #68 of the Chicago Cubs is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the 9th inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 16, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Cubs. Jorge Soler #68 of the Chicago Cubs is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the 9th inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 16, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Cubs.

The Cubs lost today. Now, in most cases, like when dog bites man, that is not news. But the Cubs have been the man biting the dog recently, nine times in a row, 15 bites in 16 chances. More>>

Lonesome Cub: Death to Flying Things

Time to watch the scoreboard.  That makes for some late nights on the west coast with the Giants.  Falling hard for the Cubs means giving up the beauty sleep.And let's not get too big for our britches.  It's only mid-August.  Consider 1877, and former Cubs hurler Jim Devlin, who is believed to have thrown the first sinker, known two centuries ago as a "drop."  Devlin was pitching for the Louisville Grays then, and pitched every inning of his t... More>>

Lonesome Cub: Bears? Who cares?

Hector Rondon #56 of the Chicago Cubs and manager Joe Maddon #70 high five after beating the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on August 9, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 2-0. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) Hector Rondon #56 of the Chicago Cubs and manager Joe Maddon #70 high five after beating the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on August 9, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 2-0. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS -- Summer is always the same for me.  Watch the Blackhawks parade down Madison street in June, enjoy the fireworks in July, and get ready for the Bears in August.Not.  This. Year.Bears?  Who cares?  The Chicago Cubs are terrorizing the National League!2010:  75-87.  Dead last.2011:  71-91.  Dead last.  2012:  61-101.  Dead last.2013:  66-96.  Dead last.2014:  73-89.  Dead last.Hey, we've been consi... More>>

Lonsesome Cub: Bleep!

Fun times this week as the Cubs battle the Pirates and Giants, two of the three teams we'll go down the stretch with battling for the Wild Card.   More>>

Cubs pull right deadline move by leaving the young guys alone

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OK, so Dan Haren and Tommy Hunter aren’t Koufax and Drysdale. Guess what, the Cubs aren’t the ‘27 Yankees. There’s a time and a place, and this wasn’t it. Not giving up your best prospects for a pitcher that can walk away in two months. More>>

Lonesome Cub: Bingo Long

So the hometown heroes were no hit, at home, by the Phillies.   More>>

Bingo Long

Ben Revere #2 of the Philadelphia Phillies steals second base in the 1st inning as Addison Russell #22 of the Chicago Cubs misses the ball at Wrigley Field on July 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois Ben Revere #2 of the Philadelphia Phillies steals second base in the 1st inning as Addison Russell #22 of the Chicago Cubs misses the ball at Wrigley Field on July 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois

So the hometown heroes were no hit, at home, by the Phillies. More>>

Lonesome Cub: Poison Ivy

We're just two weeks away from the trading deadline now.   More>>

The Lonesome Cub: Go slow, Theo

President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein of the Chicago Cubs watches batting practice before a game against the San Diego Padres on May 1, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein of the Chicago Cubs watches batting practice before a game against the San Diego Padres on May 1, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Were more than halfway home now. Just two more weeks until the trade deadline, and then a flat out two month sprint to the wire.  More>>

Lonesome Cub: First half grades

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 05: Chris Coghlan #8 of the Chicago Cubs dives into third base on a single by Kris Bryant #17 (not pictured) against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Wrigley Field on July 5, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Get CHICAGO, IL - JULY 05: Chris Coghlan #8 of the Chicago Cubs dives into third base on a single by Kris Bryant #17 (not pictured) against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Wrigley Field on July 5, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Get

I always dreaded report card day. Used to think of ways to tell Mom that report cards wouldn't be coming out any more, the school had done away with them.  More>>

The Lonesome Cub: Bison for dinner

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 05: Chris Coghlan #8 of the Chicago Cubs dives into third base on a single by Kris Bryant #17 (not pictured) against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Wrigley Field on July 5, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Get CHICAGO, IL - JULY 05: Chris Coghlan #8 of the Chicago Cubs dives into third base on a single by Kris Bryant #17 (not pictured) against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Wrigley Field on July 5, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Get

I was in 5th grade in 1969. Im not going to mention specifics, but this is probably a good time to apologize to Mrs. Holmes for all the problems I caused. More>>

Lonesome Cub: Castaway

JUNE 26: Randal Grichuk #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals is tagged out at home by Miguel Montero #47 of the Chicago Cubs in the second inning at Busch Stadium on June 26, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri JUNE 26: Randal Grichuk #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals is tagged out at home by Miguel Montero #47 of the Chicago Cubs in the second inning at Busch Stadium on June 26, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri

32 days until the Bears open training camp. Please hurry. More>>

Lonesome Cub: A guide to St. Louis for Cubs fans

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Our heroes are heading south for a summer weekend in the Lou. If you are traveling down 55 or 57 for the fun, here are a few things you should know. More>>

Lonesome Cub: Blackhawks title has me wondering when Cubs will do same

Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Towes is greeted by Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch with his teammates before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians on June 16, 2015 at Wrigley Field Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Towes is greeted by Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch with his teammates before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians on June 16, 2015 at Wrigley Field

It's time now. It's long past time. As in 107 years.As I stood and watched the Blackhawks win another Stanley Cup Monday night, I couldn't help but wonder: what would this be like at Wrigley? More>>

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