| Jan 24, 2015
| 6:49 PM
Ernie Banks didn't call me back last week.
I left voice messages, e-mailed him, sent him a text. That certainly wasn't like Ernie. He missed last weekend's Cubs Convention, and I wanted to do a well-being check on my longtime friend. He always would...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 10:28 AM
This column was orginially published on July 24, 2005.
Two steps into the swanky Ritz-Carlton hotel in this Pacific Ocean postcard of a town off the western edge of Los Angeles, Ernie Banks asked the hostess he'd just met about her husband. She blushed....
| Jan 24, 2015
| 4:59 PM
As kids we copied his batting stance — crouching with the right elbow extended up, and fingers wiggling up and down on the bat handle.
We even ran like him — wrists moving in front of his chest. Back in the days when the Cubs usually battled...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 11:55 AM
Miguel Montero is the Cubs' new starting catcher.
Based on his reaction to his first taste of life as a Cub, he may also want to be your new best friend.
The two-time All-Star's Twitter feed suggests he was more of a puppy who had spent his entire...
| Jan 19, 2015
| 8:59 AM
Mitch Rogatz closely monitored the ebb and flow of the World Series in October. He had big money involved but it had nothing to do with betting.
Rogatz, founder and publisher of Triumph Books, a Chicago-based company that specializes in sports books,...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 5:27 PM
We've already established that Joe Maddon is crazy, one of the prerequisites to taking the Cubs job in the first place.
But we also found out Monday that Maddon wants his players to be just as crazy as him.
"You have to have a little bit of crazy to...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 6:00 PM
The Cubs wrapped up a 73-89 season with a 5-2 victory over the Brewers. Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run in the first, rookie Arismendy Alcantara hit a two-run, tie-breaking double in the sixth, and Hector Rondon converted his 15th...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 6:37 PM
The celebration of Paul Konerko's White Sox career has been ongoing since SoxFest in January, and if Konerko has been a little uncomfortable with it, well, that's just another reason why Sox fans love their "Paulie."
In an age when it pays to be a "me...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 8:50 PM
Travis Wood, who entered Tuesday night's game with a 1-5 record in eight career starts against the Reds, tamed his former team 3-0.
Wood (8-11) went six innings, allowing just two hits to end his 12-game winless streak.
The Cubs have won...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 2:27 PM
You can't really recount the history of Wrigley Field without darkness closing in — the darkness of legendary homers in the gloamin' as well as the darkness of curses and superstitions involving priests, ashes and farm animals. And what of the...
| May 1, 2014
| 5:41 PM
By trading any player with value, isn't Epstein lengthening the timeline to "sustained success"?
Does Epstein lack understanding of pitchers? Pitchers frequently peak later than position players. Although Jeff Samardzija is older than 25, his best...