| Jan 18, 2015
| 7:40 AM
There has been tangible excitement lingering around this weekend's Cubs Convention. It was only fitting that the organization devoted an hour to exploring its last playoff run.
Several former Cubs, including Kerry Wood, Ted Lilly, Ryan Dempster, Mark...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 9:38 PM
The granddaddy of all fan fests returns this weekend when the 30th annual Cubs Convention kicks off Friday at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.
The blueprint isn't too different from the one former Cubs executive John McDonough invented in 1986,...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 1:31 PM
There was never any doubt Ryan Dempster would be a success, no matter that he elected to do.
Always a jokester, an aficionado of clubhouse pranks, he was the pitcher in the wry during a 16-year career that began with the 108-loss Marlins in 1998 and...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 5:27 PM
The Cubs' wooing of Jon Lester had absolutely nothing to do with Ronnie Woo-Woo, and was a perfect example of knowing your client's needs and his comfort zone.
All the contenders were offering more money than Lester could spend in 100 lifetimes.
| Dec 5, 2014
| 5:32 PM
Before President Theo Epstein was checking his cell phone for text messages between answers, Ryan Dempster revealed his sales pitch to Jon Lester in his new role with the Cubs.
“Jon and I have talked about how great it is to play here,” said...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 6:35 AM
The pain of losing the likes of Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and Scott Feldman is subsiding quickly.
That’s the feeling of pitching coach Chris Bosio, who understands the process the Cubs have experienced the past three seasons and how he saw it...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 8:06 PM
C.J. Wilson pitched into the sixth inning and the Angels capitalized on a pair of errors in the eighth to down the Boston Red Sox, 4-2, to begin a four-game series.
Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored once for the Angels, who have won five of...
| Jul 17, 2014
Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster on Tuesday sold a five-bedroom, 5,300-square-foot house in the Lakeview neighborhood for $1.77 million. Public records do not identify the buyer.
Last month, Dempster had listed the house for $1.8 million, and...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 12:26 PM
The career of Chris Capuano lives on, and in a pretty decent place too.
Capuano has reportedly signed with the Boston Red Sox, making him the last Dodgers free agent to find a mew home, though he managed it with the World Series champions. Capuano is...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 4:21 PM
WASHINGTON — As recently as three years ago, the running joke was that Jeff Samardzija was the best wide receiver in Chicago.
That was as much a jab at Samardzija's slow evolution as a pitcher as at the Bears' struggles to roster quality...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 4:41 PM
Theo Epstein was giddy a couple of weeks ago after reading a Sports Illustrated article imagining a 2017 World Series between the Cubs and Astros.
A buzz-killer quickly pointed out the writer had the Astros beating the Cubs.
"OK, they didn't get...