Chicago Cubs Tickets
The Chicago Cubs exceeded expectations and were ahead of schedule with their thrilling playoff run in 2015. This year they are not only touted to get there again, some even have them as favorites to win the World Series. In order to safeguard a post season return, the Cubs spent $275 million in free agency this offseason to lengthen their lineup with Ben Zobrist, better the outfield via Jason Heyward, and improve their rotation with John Lackey. Chicago’s pitching is among the top of the league starting with NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta, followed by former Red Sox aces Jon Lester and Lackey. Spots four and five are filled by Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks with rotation depth in Adam Warren, Clayton Richard, Travis Wood and Trevor Cahill. The Cubs bullpen will once again be a strength as manager Joe Maddon has no problem attempting a variety of combinations in order to get what he needs. Second-year guy Addison Russell gets the nod at shortstop with the departure of Starlin Castro who left via trade to the Yankees while Zobrist takes over second and not only strengthens the team defensively but is their top of the order slugger. The corner infield is top notch with Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant at third and two-time All Star Anthony Rizzo in at first base. Rizzo and Bryant combined for 57 home runs and 200 RBI’s in 2015 while contributing significantly with their gloves as well. Heyward will anchor the Cubs’ outfield and is joined by second-year guys Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler.
The 2016 Cubs are looking to build on their unexpected playoff run last season and push farther this year. With a very healthy roster of young and extremely talented players, the sky is the limit for these guys this season. After many years of waiting, this could be the year they make it to the Work Series and fans, you do not want to miss out on any of the on-field action. Purchase all your Chicago Cubs tickets and head down to the ballpark to enjoy their success all summer long.
The Chicago Cubs 2014 season was the 99th season the team played in Wrigley Field. Now that the season is over, the franchise has begun their 500 million dollar renovation of the historic baseball shrine. The bleachers were the most full in Wrigley they have been since the 2008 season, and are now the first part of demolition for the renovation. The Chicago Cubs have finished one of the bottom two teams in the National League Central since 2009. The Cubs finished dead in their division finding themselves among the third of all teams in Major League Baseball. If the team wants the new bleachers to be full again next season, the Cubs front office has some renovation of its own it will have to do to the team.
The Cubs need some definite help on the mound. Specifically, starting pitchers Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson had particularly poor seasons throwing for ERAs of 5.03 and 6.33 respectively. Both pitchers also won less than 40% of the games they played. Statistics never tell the whole story, but those numbers are abysmal and the front office cannot afford to not address those areas. With some fans calling for the team to cut their losses with Jackson and eat 22 million dollars. It is clear that something needs to happen with the starting pitching rotation.
While the 2014 season was another disappointing campaign for the Cubs, there is hope for the future. The Cubs have one of the best sluggers in the Minors in Kris Bryant. The number 2 overall selection in the 2013 MLB Draft has torn up both Double-A and Triple-A ball. When the Cubs choose to call up the promising young third baseman, they gain a strong bat that the team is in definite need. The Cubs saw the emergence of recent acquisition Anthony Rizzo and have recently called up young players to the squad and continue the development of young talent in their farm system. There is hope for the Cubs’ future, if young talent continues to develop and they can secure reliable pitchers for their rotation.
Wrigley Field is one of the most iconic shrines to baseball in all of the sport. The only other park which can be held with the same regard is Fenway Park. Wrigley Field, built in 1914 is the second oldest baseball park in Major League Baseball. The Cubs have been so careful to preserve the legacy of the field and sport that Wrigley Field was the last franchise to install lights for night games in 1988. The Cubs organization has protected the tradition of the franchise and game in its park throughout years of progress and renovations. The field is so well-known that when one hears “Wrigley” the Cubs come to mind, and not the bubble gum after which the field was named.
One of most distinctive features of Wrigley Field is outfield walls covered in ivy. The walls themselves are made of brick which is visible early in the season when the ivy s not leafed out, as the season progresses the ivy disguises the wall with its leafy green. Wrigley Field is the only professional ballpark which has an ivy wall. The ivy was planted in 1937 and has become iconic to the ballpark since. Wrigley Field, like other old ballparks, is surrounded by apartment buildings which offer fans a free view of the game from behind the outfield. The owners of the team and the apartment buildings have come to an agreement which shares profits and provides goers a unique experience which cannot be found in any other ballpark. The neighborhood and the small size of the park, just over 41,000 seats, provide a sense of community and nostalgia baseball fans are sure to love and appreciate.
In 2013 the Cubs current owners, the Ricketts family, have announced a $500 million renovation plan for the stadium projected to take five years to accomplish. There has been a moderate amount of backlash surrounding the plan, particularly from the aforementioned rooftop owners, due to the proposed signage which will help fund the renovation and in the process obstruct the sightlines from some buildings. The thing to keep in mind is that the Cubs organization has continually done its best to preserve the tradition of the ballpark. In 1988 when the ballpark installed lights for night games, there was similar discomfort about the idea. But in the end, the lights were a necessary and welcome addition to the ballpark. In order to maintain Wrigley Field as one of the premier ballparks in the game, renovations to preserve the ballpark and help it compete against newer stadiums.
Chicago Cubs History
The Chicago Cubs franchise has been in existence since 1870 and known as the Cubs since 1907. While the Chicago White Sox have the most recent World Series Championship (2005) the Cubs are the face of Chicago baseball. Despite the inability to provide their fans with a World Series Championship, the Cubs enjoy one of the most loyal fantasies in professional sports.
The Cubs have the distinction of playing in one of the most iconic ballparks in the MLB, Wrigley field. Having such a long term relationship with the ballpark, it has afforded generations of fans to watch their favorite ballplayers display tier skills on the same field; greats like Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Ferguson Jenkins, and Greg Maddox. All of whom were honored with having their numbers retired.
While the Cubs are in the midst of rebuilding their franchise under the direction of President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, they live in the shadow of previous clubs that came close but could never deliver the elusive World Series title. Baseball fans remember the Summer of 69 as the year the Mets surprised the baseball world with a surprising Championship run. Cub fan remember it as the year the Cubs surrendered an 81/2 game lead in the last month and a half. After dominating the 1984 NL they lost the last three games to the Padres in the NL playoffs. Finally in 2003 the season came to close in the NLCS, after a heart breaking loss to the Florida Marlins following the "Bartman" incident (a fan Steve Bartman caught a foul ball while Moises Alou was attempting to make the third out for the Cubs).
Despite the past, in true Cubs fashion the organization and fans are looking toward 2015 with the hopes of obtaining the long awaited Championship. If this objective is obtained it may well rest on the development of highly touted prospects of slugger 3B Kris Bryant, INF Addison Russell, SS Javier Baez, and OF Jorge Soler. The Cubs once again are forced to hope this will be the year.