Tag Archives: Chicago Cubs

What have we learned today with Big John and Ramblin’ Ray? (10-3-18)


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray have Chicago Sun-Times Rick Morrissey on to cover the Chicago Cubs season after their loss and his article A season without a World Series appearance by the Cubs is a disappointment‘. 

Plus ‘What have we learned today?’, from President Trump’s message being sent out today and why you should be wearing pink today.

Dionne Miller on Chicago Bears and Cubs winning weekend.

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray discuss sports with ABC7’s Dionne Miller, where they discuss the Bears win yesterday and the tie-breaking game between the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers.

Watch Dionna this morning at 11 am on ABC7 as she reports from Wriggly Field!

Special Olympian sings anthem at Wrigley Field, and raises money for Special Olympics

A Special Olympian took center stage at Wrigley Field Monday night.

Stefan Xidas sang the national anthem ahead of the Cubs game against the Brewers.


“We went to a lot of Cubs games when I was a kid and that had a big impact on me,” he said.

Xidas has tried to sing the anthem at Wrigley for years, ever since he performed it for the White Sox during National Association for Down’s Syndrome Day in 2005, the same year they won the World Series.

Xidas reached out to the Cubs every year. “We either would get no response, or a letter saying hey, it’s all booked up. Try again next year,” said Stan Xidas, father.

That’s when Xidas’s lifelong best friends made a video asking Tom Ricketts for the chance to sing the national anthem if he raised $5,000 for the Special Olympics, for which he plays tennis. Xidas posted to social media three weeks ago and went viral.

“Less than a week, he hit the $5,000 mark, then it inched its way up to $10,000. And I think that as of today, it’s well over $18,0000,” Stand said.

The Cubs will be matching Xidas’ $18,000 in donations to the Special Olympics.

How Kyle McAleer was saved at Wrigley Field thanks to a Bucket.


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by Kyle McAleer, who’s known as bucket head for being the Cubs Fan who was hit with debris while wearing a bucket on his head. Kyle talks about what happened that day at the Cubs games and the injuries he got from it.

(Photo Courtesy of Kyle McAller) Kyle McAleer (left), with his friend Dave Jansen (center) and dad Scott McAleer, wear their “rally” buckets in the Wrigley Field bleachers at the July 24 Cubs-Diamondbacks game.

The Steve Dahl Show – June 25, 2018 – Sample

Janet and Steve ventured up to Michigan for a week, Dag talks about his bar gigs, and Brendan, well…took himself out. Boat sailing turns into boat shopping, with a promise of another sail.

Tom Bevan (10/22) Guests: Tuxedo Guy, Josh Kraushaur and Charles Lipson

Tom Bevan (10/22) Guests: Tuxedo Guy, Josh Kraushaar and Charles Lipson. Chicago Cubs have a new fan in the stands. Trump versus Democrat Congresswoman, Rep. Frederica Wilson. GOP congressional candidates have a strong opposition from Democrat challengers who have large amounts of campaign funding support.

“Tuxedo Guy and Tom Bevan”. Photo: Twitter.

David Ross, a two time World Series Champion, Dancing with the Stars, PLUS Fabio Viviani, Chef / Culinary Personality / Restaurateur / Cookbook Author, and more! – 5/19/17

David Ross, a two time World Series Champion, Dancing with the Stars, PLUS Fabio Viviani, Chef / Culinary Personality / Restaurateur / Cookbook Author, and more!

The Friendly Confines and the Not So Friendly Skies!

The horrifying video of a United passenger being dragged off the plane, and then coming back on with a bloody face and disoriented is all people are talking about today.
It’s a new and different era for the Chicago Cubs! Tonight they finally hoisted their World Series Championship banner. The Ricketts family threw ceremonial first pitches and Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams and Ryne Sandberg also participated.
Bob has a twisted idea for a contest based on what happened today with United Airlines.

Cubs set to unfurl World Series Championship banner at Wrigley Field

CHICAGO (AP) – Kyle Schwarber could envision the atmosphere at Wrigley Field on Monday night. It will be a home opener unlike any other at the famed ballpark.
The Chicago Cubs will raise a banner as defending champions for the first time since they moved in more than a century ago, then send 2016 NL Cy Young Award runner-up Jon Lester to the mound against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Oh, it’ll be crazy,” Schwarber said. “It’s going to be one of the best (openers) in a while.”
It will be another moment generations of fans wondered if they would ever witness. That changed last fall when the Cubs rallied from 3-1 down in the World Series to beat the Indians in a thrilling Game 7. With that, they ended the longest drought in North American sports: The Cubs had not won it all since 1908 – six years before Wrigley opened and eight before they moved in.
The banner raising on Monday and ring ceremony two days later are like the final punctuation marks on last season’s historic run.
“We worked hard for that championship, we worked hard during the World Series, we worked hard all of spring training,” shortstop Addison Russell said. “So I believe that we earned it – it’s going to be a great day. It’d be kind of an insult to say `Let’s just play some baseball.’ But whenever you have awards like that, that crowd is there for you, you just kind of have to embrace that moment and live in that moment and try to remember everything that you can in that moment. It’ll be special.”
They’re returning to a home with a decidedly different look.
Fans will notice a new plaza with a lawn and a large video screen that will host community events throughout the year, such as a farmer’s market, movies and musical performances. A building housing, among other things, a two-story team store and a higher-end Starbucks Reserve stands at the corner of Clark Street and Waveland Avenue. There’s also a new gate to the ballpark off the plaza, which should make it easier for fans to enter and exit.
Inside, one noticeable change will be the location of the bullpens. They’ve been moved from the field to under the bleachers and replaced by premium seating along the foul lines.
It’s all part of a multiyear transformation of baseball’s second-oldest ballpark and the surrounding area.
The Cubs have added video boards in left and right fields in recent years, and constructed new bleacher sections. They’ve been replacing seats throughout the ballpark, expanding concessions. A hotel is going up across the street, too.
But the most welcomed change for long-suffering fans?
That has to be a championship banner raised toward the sky, a gift that might seem heaven sent.
“I’m really looking forward to being home and getting to see our fans again, and for them to see us for the first time back on the field since what happened,” Schwarber said. “We’re really looking forward to it, it’s going to be a fun couple days. We’ll raise the flag and get our ring. That’s going to be some day that you won’t forget. It’ll be a good little blast from the past – and then keep working on the `17 season.”

Distance Running Cubs Fans Write “Love Letter” to Chicago on Foot

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890

(CHICAGO) It may have taken the Chicago Cubs 108 years to win the title, but it only took Chicago residents Shan Riggs and Loli Arosemena less than seven hours moving time to honor the team with what could be considered an equally challenging feat.

On Saturday, March 25, Riggs and Arosemena took to the streets of Chicago to run the shape of the Chicago Cubs logo through a variety of north and west side neighborhoods.

Riggs, 38, has been participating in ultramarathon events for about a decade and has completed around 40 ultramarathons ranging in distances from 31 to 200 miles.

“I ran cross country and track in high school,” Riggs said. “Then 10 years ago, I tried an ultramarathon…I’ve been doing ridiculously long runs ever since.”

When Riggs and Arosemena found out in early March that the city they love and reside it would no longer be their home come April due to a business opportunity in Los Angeles, they decided to combine their passions of ultrarunning and the Chicago Cubs for an ultimate “love letter” to the city.

“We wanted to do one last big run as a celebration and ‘thank you’ to our friends and the city of Chicago,” Riggs said. “The Cubs have been a big part of our life here, so we thought it appropriate to use the logo as a template.”

GPS art is popular in the fitness world with the modern innovations of location tracking through electronic devices such as watches and smartphones. According to Wikipedia, GPS art (or GPS drawing) is a “method of drawing that uses Global Positioning System technology (GPS) to create large-scale artwork. It combines art, movement, and technology.”


Shan and Loli ran 41.2 miles in 6 hours, 12 minutes to create the Chicago Cubs GPS art.


With the help of a friend, Erol Cims, they put together a map which they used as a template for the six-hour, 12-minute long run which allowed the duo to “basically run through every neighborhood on the north side.”

The total distance of the run was just over 41 miles with a few stops on the route to grab photos of local tributes to the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.

In July 2015, Riggs and Arosemena even traveled to Panama to run 166 miles in 50 hours to raise awareness and funds for charity.

“I like to push myself and see how far I can go,” Riggs said. “When things get really hard, you definitely find out what you are made of and it makes the everyday things much easier.”





Parking near Wrigley Field about to get more expensive

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are raising ticket prices to get into Wrigley Field and now the city is raising the price to park nearby.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that City Hall is getting ready to implement Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to double the meter rates at the 820 parking spaces around the ballpark. That means the parking spots that now cost $2 an hour will soon cost $4. Those rates will start two hours before a Cubs game, concert or other special event at Wrigley and extend for seven hours.

Cubs fans might not be the only ones forced to pay more to park. Chief Financial Officer Carole Brown says depending on how things go around Wrigley, rates near Soldier Field and the United Center might go up. too.

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Valentine’s Day for Your Cubs Fan at the Chicago Auto Show

Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM Traffic

(CHICAGO) The Chicago Cubs World Series trophy has been on tour across the midwest for months, but is coming back to Chicago for all of its true-love Cubs fans on Valentine’s Day.


The Toyota RAV4 from the Chicago Auto Show 2017

On Tuesday, February 14th, the World Series trophy will be making a stop at the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

According to the trophy tour website, the first 500 visitors will receive a wristband to ensure a chance to see the trophy. Additional fans will be allowed if time permits.

The most likely spot for the trophy is at the Toyota display, where various Highlander and RAV4 vehicles are dressed in Chicago Cubs World Series wrapping.

Toyota also is displaying a limited edition “Cubbie-blue” 2017 Tundra pick-up truck that boasts a 10-foot-tall replica of the World Series trophy.


Airbus is planning to test out flying cars; Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune talks about the visit to the White House – 1/17/17 (Hour 1)

Bob and Marianne discover there’s a gym in the building. Airbus is going to test out flying cars. Paul Sullivan from the Chicago Tribune joins the show to talk about the World Champion Chicago Cubs visit to the White House.