| 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...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 7:46 PM
WASHINGTON -- Carlos Villanueva wasn't informed that he would be starting Saturday's game until 11 a.m. - five hours before the first pitch.
But he hopes there will be more opportunities to show the Chicago Cubs' younger players how to make the most...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 2:52 PM
Hopefully, when he hit his 500th home run, Albert Pujols sent a thank-you card to Ryan Dempster. Dempster, who retired after last season, gave up eight homers to Pujols in his career, the most of any pitcher.
You can discover who is next on that list,...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 6:47 AM
At last, a place in Chicago that pays attention to sports!
Not buying it? A little overwhelmed at times — especially during the playoffs — by all the city's sports chatter? Tired of the seemingly unceasing hum that forces even the most...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 6:08 PM
Imagine you see former Cub Ryan Dempster leaving a restaurant in Chicago. He’s wearing the hard-to-miss World Series ring he won with the Boston Red Sox last year and, like so many people would, you want to take a photo with it. It feels like just...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 1:05 PM
Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster on Tuesday sold a five-bedroom, 5,300-square-foot house in Lakeview for $1.765 million.
Dempster in June had listed the house for $1.799 million, and it had gone under contract even before it was officially...