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  • Super PACs for Cruz spend millions to sway/bribe/poach delegates from Trump

    04/24/2016 11:47:35 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 164 replies
    RNC Meeting Spring News 2016 and super PAC research | April 24, 2016 | Self - RNC spring convention observation
    In addition to "grass-roots" campaign workers, there are at least eight Super PACs backed by 'shadow elites' who are driven to defeat Donald Trump and they are banking on Ted Cruz. At least one of these super PAC leaders, Katie Packer of OPP, met behind closed doors at the RNC Spring Meeting this week in Florida. Packer states that a republican candidate should "uphold orthodox GOP ideology." This smacks of irony given her past allegiance with Romney/Ryan and Ryan's inability to uphold GOP principles as Speaker of the House. The super PACs are calling, texting, emailing, lobbying, and all-out wining...
  • Unreal – Paul Ryan Schedules Party Leadership Fundraiser at Home of Anti-Trump Super-PAC Donor…

    04/18/2016 9:53:02 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 44 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 12, 2016 | Sundance
    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is heading up a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) fundraiser in New York on April 25th. However, the venue of the fundraiser is raising some eyebrows: For those who might not know, the “Ricketts Family” are the primary donors to a Super-PAC specifically created to block Donald Trump from winning the GOP nomination. Billionaire family Joe and Marlene Ricketts, owners of the Chicago Cubs, have recently given $5,000,000.oo to Katie Packer who heads “Our Principles PAC“, an organization created exclusively to defeat Donald Trump. Katie Packer recently outlined what they are doing with the...
  • Erick Erickson Website “Resurgent” Paid By Pro-Cruz/Anti-Trump “Our Principles PAC”

    03/30/2016 10:25:46 PM PDT · by hamboy · 22 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | March 30, 2016 | Sundance
    Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro, Glenn Beck, who are funding these guys to go against Trump? The Senate Conservatives Fund (PAC) purchasing massive quantities ($400,000) of Mark Levin’s books in exchange for favorable candidacy political opinion. Conveniently Hidden by the radio host who avoids mentioning the financial conflict created. His family working within the Staff of Senator Ted Cruz! Ben Shapiro website “The Daily Wire“, being funded by the billionaire Wilks Brothers, Levi and Farris, in Texas, who also fund Ted Cruz and his Super-PAC, etc. The Chairman of Glenn Beck’s Mercury One charity, David Barton, jointly running the Pro-Ted Cruz...
  • Erick Erickson Website “Resurgent” Paid By Pro-Cruz/Anti-Trump “Our Principles PAC”

    03/30/2016 4:51:33 AM PDT · by detective · 25 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | March 30, 2016
    Thanks to the candidacy of Donald Trump the financial intersection of money and political opinion, as guided by the monetary motives therein, has brought some amazing revelations to the surface. These financial/media relationships have largely, and historically, remained hidden. They have damned sure never been publicly, clearly, and regularly stated so the consuming audience would know the presentation was fraught with financial conflict.
  • Eric Erickson Website "Resurgent" Paid By Pro-Cruz/Anti-Trump "Our Principles PAC"

    03/29/2016 10:46:37 PM PDT · by BAW · 50 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 03-29-2016 | Sundance
    Thanks to the candidacy of Donald Trump the financial intersection of money and political opinion, as guided by the monetary motives therein, has brought some amazing revelations to the surface. These financial/media relationships have largely, and historically, remained hidden. They have damned sure never been publicly, clearly, and regularly stated so the consuming audience would know the presentation was fraught with financial conflict. So it perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise to find out that Eric Errickson’s media venture “The Resurgent“, is taking Super-PAC money from the (formerly Scott Walker advocates and financial backers) Ricketts family of Wisconsin who fund...
  • Violence Surges in Chicago Even as Policing Debate Rages On

    03/29/2016 7:51:50 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 19 replies
    MSN ^ | 3/29/2016
    Late at night this month, the pastor’s phone beeped with a text message from an anguished parishioner. Andre Taylor, the church member’s great-nephew, had been shot and killed. “Dre had just turned 16,” the message on the Rev. Ira Acree’s phone read. “I think that it’s time to call for action and solicit help, have the National Guard to take over and patrol the Chicago streets.” Four days earlier, another text had appeared. A different parishioner’s granddaughter, Daysha Wright, a 21-year-old nursing student, had been shot to death in a car, leaving a 2-year-old son. At his desk at Greater...
  • With Our Principles PAC, Conservatives and Establishment Jointly Target Donald Trump

    03/16/2016 4:39:53 AM PDT · by detective · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Mar 2016 | Ken Klukowski
    Conservative heavyweights joined forces with establishment figures to form Our Principles PAC, a super-PAC focused on persuading Americans of why Donald Trump is a deadly threat to conservatism who should not be the Republican nominee.
  • WATCH: New Bush/Romney Operatives Ad Features Women Reading Controversial Trump Quotes

    03/15/2016 3:05:28 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 37 replies ^ | 4/15/16 | Breibart
    WATCH: New Bush/Romney Operatives Ad Features Women Reading Controversial Trump Quotes A new video created by the ‘Our Principles PAC’ features a number of female actors reading controversial quotes from U.S. Republican front runner Donald Trump, timed to coincide with voting in ‘Super Tuesday 2’, where millions of Americans will cast their votes across the states of Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. The advertisement, which was first shown on CNN last night, features quotes from Mr. Trump such as jokes from the Howard Stern show, as well as times that he has called individual women “bimbos”, “dogs” and...
  • About That Anti Trump "War on Women" Ad, The People Behind it.

    03/15/2016 10:52:59 AM PDT · by Rational Thought · 47 replies
    The Anti Trump "War on Women" ad, being given tons of free air time by all the cable news channels, is from "Our Principles Pac", a Pac tied to Mitt Romney, and funded primarily by Marlene Ricketts. Marlene Ricketts is the owner of the Chicago Cubs, and mother of the current Nebraska Governor, Pete Ricketts. Her Husband, Joe Ricketts, is the founder of TD Ameritrade.
  • Kasich 'very concerned' about Trump's comments about women

    03/15/2016 9:22:21 AM PDT · by kevcol · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | March 15, 2016 | Nolan D. McCaskill
    John Kasich on Tuesday said he's "very concerned" by Donald Trump’s rhetoric toward women — a comment that comes a day after an anti-Trump super PAC released an ad that shows a series of women using the New York billionaire’s words against him. "I just saw a commercial, I guess, last night of these comments that were made about women," Kasich told reporters after voting for himself at a precinct in Westerville, Ohio. "I have two daughters. They see this stuff. What do you think they think? We'll have more to say about that."
  • Godfather Trump Now Threatens Cub Owners

    02/24/2016 10:03:04 AM PST · by raptor22 · 73 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 24, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The media obsession with “dirty tricks” by Sen. Ted Cruz stands in stark contrast to the benign neglect of the slash and burn tactics of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. The media seems to be treating Trump’s slanders and threats the way they coddled Vice President Joe Biden, with the chattering class seemingly uttering in unison, “Oh, that’s just The Donald.” As Sean Hannity noted on his Twitter feed, Trump tweeted recently a version of his “don’t mess with me” mantra, summing up his modus operandi very concisely: “I’m very proud of this record. Wouldn’t this be good to have for...
  • Donald Trump calls out Cubs owners for campaign contributions

    02/22/2016 12:34:23 PM PST · by EveningStar · 82 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 22, 2016 | Rick Pearson
    Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to denounce a super political action committee opposing his campaign that's primarily funded by Marlene Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs. "I hear the Rickets (sic) family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!" wrote Trump ...
  • Secret anti-Trump donor revealed

    02/20/2016 9:20:28 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 20, 2016, 11:52 pm | By Jonathan Swan
    Marlene Ricketts, the matriarch of the Ricketts family that owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team, contributed $3 million to the anti-Trump super-PAC "Our Principles PAC," which is being run by former Mitt Romney adviser Katie Packer.
  • Cubs clinch first playoff spot since '08 with Giants' elimination (Mets,Jays,Pirates in too!)

    09/26/2015 6:16:10 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 36 replies
    ESPN ^ | 9/26/15
    The Chicago Cubs have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2008. The Cubs were assured of at least an NL wild-card slot Friday night when San Francisco lost to Oakland 5-4, eliminating the Giants from playoff contention. The sign outside Wrigley Field lit up with "Cubs Clinch Postseason Berth'' after it became official late Friday night. Fans gathered around to take pictures and mark Chicago's return for the first time since 2008.
  • Ex-major league and Snohomish star Earl Averill Jr. dies

    05/15/2015 2:30:38 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | Adam Jude
    Earl Averill Jr., a Snohomish High School graduate and a seven-year major league veteran, died Wednesday in Tacoma. He was 83. The Mariners scheduled a moment of silence in Averill’s honor just before the start of Thursday’s game against the Red Sox. Averill is the son of Baseball Hall of Famer Earl Averill.
  • Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks dead at the age of 83 (Mr. Cub, "Let's play two."

    01/23/2015 8:09:54 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 45 replies
    My Fox Chicago ^ | 1/23/2015
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Chicago legend Ernie Banks, also known as 'Mr. Cub' and 'Mr. Sunshine,' died Friday night, sources say. He was 83. Banks would have turned 84 on January 31. He was born in 1931 in Dallas, Texas. Banks was the first African American player to play for the Cubs. In 1950, he played for the Kansas City Monarchs in Negro League Baseball . He then played shortstop and first base for 19 seasons, from 1953 to 1971. The entire time Banks played for the Cubs, he was a national league all-star for 11 seasons. He was...
  • Festivities lined up for Wrigley's centennial bash

    04/18/2014 1:34:13 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 9 replies ^ | April 16, 2014 | Carrie Muskat
    Ballpark's 100th birthday to feature special guests, throwback jerseys and more CHICAGO -- You can party with Ernie Banks, Gale Sayers, Dutchie Caray and members of the Weeghman family at Wrigley Field's 100th birthday party next week. The ballpark will celebrate its 100th birthday on April 23, when the Cubs play host to the D-backs a century after the Chicago Federals opened then Weeghman Park against the Kansas City Packers. The 100th birthday game headlines the first of 10 decade-themed homestands celebrating 100 years of Wrigley Field. Tickets for the April 23 game are still available at Major League...
  • Forbes: Cubs most profitable team in baseball

    03/27/2013 3:44:23 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/27/2013 | Paul Sullivan
    MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs are the fourth most valuable franchise in the major leagues at $1 billion, according to Forbe's annual valuation of all 30 teams. Forbes also estimates the Cubs had an operating income of $32.1 million last year, making them the most profitable team in baseball. Operating income was based on earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The business magazine said the Cubs figure to be in even better shape after 2014, when they can opt out of their WGN-TV deal and sign a more lucrative contract. Forbes said the Cubs made less than $50 million...
  • Ryan Dempster Digs Finally Make Me Embarrassed to be a Cub Fan

    07/28/2012 11:02:47 AM PDT · by rightjb · 3 replies ^ | 7-28-12 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    You would think that following up two near runs at the playoffs over the past 10 years with the worst record in baseball would make any sports fan embarrassed to wear the jersey of their favorite team if not winning the World Series for 192 years wouldn’t it.  (I know but it FEELS like 192 years.)Or, certainly finding out the most successful, charismatic Cub since “MR. Cub” was a doped, cork drilling, dinger-defrauding narcissist would make you at little less willing to call yourself “die-hard.”Not me.  The only negative expression seen on me is proudly wearing road gray’s the...
  • 'An incredible day for an incredible man' Ron Santo inducted into the National Baseball Hall Of Fame

    07/22/2012 10:01:44 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 1 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/22/2012 | Phil Rogers
    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — In one of baseball's sweetest traditions, Stan Musial would play "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" on his harmonica for the so-called seventh-inning stretch of baseball's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Johnny Bench has stepped in for the 91-year-old Musial, doing a pretty good Harry Caray imitation. On Sunday, in Ron Santo's honor, Bench put on a Cubs jersey before he went to the podium and slipped into character. "Ron would have loved it," Vicki Santo, Ron's widow, said afterward. "He and Johnny were such good friends. He would have thought it was hysterical. He would...
  • Sometime You Just Need Someone To Believe In You

    07/07/2012 7:03:04 AM PDT · by rightjb · 3 replies ^ | 7-7-12 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    Cubs Outfielder Bryan LaHair is an overnight success and is on his way to playing first base at the MLB All Star game next week.  “…to think that after my first full year on the books I’d be an All-Star, it’s kind of crazy.’’ Only one thing.  He’s not a child prodigy like Starlin Castro and he can’t blame the other “Castro” in Cuba for living in communist country that wouldn’t let him out.  He’s 29 years old and has spent over 5 years in the minors waiting.  Working.  And waiting some more.Some of you may feel the same...
  • Cubs' slugger Phil Cavarretta dies

    12/19/2010 9:03:12 AM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    AP - The Globe and Mail ^ | December 19, 2010 | Jeffrey McMurray
    Phil Cavarretta, the 1945 National League MVP who led the Chicago Cubs to their last World Series appearance, died Saturday. He was 94.
  • Ron Santo, RIP: Soul

    12/03/2010 11:53:33 AM PST · by BluesDuke · 27 replies
    The Catbird in the Nosebleed Seats ^ | 3 December 2010 | Yours Truly
    There will be many measures of the man remembered this weekend and beyond, but perhaps one above many, if not most, should tell you a few things about Ron Santo, who died at 70 Thursday in Arizona. At a reunion of the 1969 Cubs, held at catcher Randy Hundley's annual fantasy camp, twenty years after their run at the National League East title collapsed against the Miracle Mets' onrush, the abrasive manager of that team apologised publicly to the nine-time All-Star third baseman who was considered as much the soul of the team as Ernie Banks was its heart. "I...
  • Cubs' Colvin impaled by broken bat

    09/20/2010 8:36:27 AM PDT · by Immerito · 26 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | September 20, 2010 | AP
    MIAMI (AP) Cubs rookie Tyler Colvin was hospitalized Sunday after his chest was punctured by part of a shattered bat. Colvin was standing on third base in the second inning of Chicago's 13-3 victory at Florida when he was struck by a sliver of Welington Castillo's maple bat. Castillo doubled on the play and Colvin scored, but was replaced in the field in the bottom half.
  • Houston Astros vs Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field 1:20 pm

    04/18/2010 7:42:27 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 149+ views ^ | 04/18/2010 | Staff
    WINDY CITY: The Astros conclude a six-game road trip with the final game of a three-game series in Chicago today at 1:20 p.m...LHP Wandy Rodriguez will make his 3rd start of the season against RHP Ryan Dempster and the Cubs. WINNER, WINNER, CUBBIE DINNER: Houston improved to 2-9 this season with a 4-3 win over Chicago yesterday...RHP Roy Oswalt earned his first win of the season after tossing 7.0 scoreless innings with six strikeouts...with the win, Oswalt moves into sole possession of 2nd place on the Astros all-time wins list with 138...JR Towles went 3x4 with two RBI and his...
  • The Cubbies Go Bankrupt

    10/12/2009 11:46:28 AM PDT · by FromLori · 32 replies · 1,574+ views
    Another insult to long suffering Chicago Cubs fans. ----- WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are seeking Chapter 11 protection, a step that will allow its corporate parent to hand the team to new owners. The team filed for bankruptcy in Delaware on Monday. The move was anticipated as the Tribune Co. looks to complete an $845 million sale of the team, Wrigley Field and related properties to the family of billionaire Joe Ricketts. Tribune, which also owns the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, filed for bankruptcy protection in December, but the Cubs were not included in...
  • Chicago Cubs file for Chapter 11, team’s sale progressing

    10/12/2009 10:28:25 AM PDT · by Justaham · 6 replies · 561+ views
    WILMINGTON, Del. - The Chicago Cubs baseball team filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, a step that will allow its corporate parent to sell the team in an $845 million deal. The filing in Wilmington, Del., was anticipated and is expected to lead to a brief stay in Chapter 11 for the Cubs. It comes as part of the Tribune Co.’s plans to sell the team, Wrigley Field and related properties to the family of billionaire Joe Ricketts, the founder of Omaha, Neb.-based TD Ameritrade.
  • Tribune may have Cubs file bankruptcy: sources

    07/13/2009 9:19:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies · 689+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 13, 2009 | by Ben Klayman
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Cubs baseball team may file for Chapter 11 in order to speed its sale by bankrupt media company Tribune Co (TRBCQ.PK), two sources familiar with the process said on Monday. "It's pretty certain that they will do it," said one of the sources, who asked not to be identified because the sales process is continuing. Such an approach would likely be taken to ensure the storied baseball team and related assets are free of liabilities so as to speed a sale, said the other source, who also asked not to be identified. Tribune filed for...
  • Details Of Complaint Against Blagojevich

    12/09/2008 7:10:49 AM PST · by iowamark · 195 replies · 10,039+ views
    CBS2Chicago ^ | 12/09/2008 | U.S. Attorney's Office
    CHICAGO (CBS) ― Full release from U.S. Attorney's Office: Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and to obtain campaign contributions in exchange...
  • Tribune group files for debtor protection (CUBS NOT IN BK BUT STILL FOR SALE)

    12/08/2008 6:01:50 PM PST · by jessduntno · 5 replies · 372+ views
    charlotte observer ^ | Monday, Dec. 08, 2008 | Steven Church
    Tribune group files for debtor protection Tribune Co., publisher of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, is seeking bankruptcy court protection from creditors amid tumbling advertising. The move comes less than a year after Sam Zell took it private. The 161-year-old newspaper and broadcast company was laboring under $12.9 billion in debt, according to Monday's Chapter 11 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. That load and the economic crisis led to the filing, Zell said in a statement. “Factors beyond our control have created a perfect storm,” said Zell, the company's chief executive officer. Zell, 67, has...
  • Cuban High Bidder for Cubs: Could America’s Team Go To An Anti-American?

    08/07/2008 8:28:23 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 18 replies · 190+ views ^ | August 7, 2008 | Dan Gura
    Mark Cuban’s Funding of Movies Criticizing U.S. Armed Forces Make Cuban a Poor Suitor for Chicago Cubs On April 2nd, 2007 the Tribune Company announced their intention to sell the Chicago Cubs baseball team following the 2007 season. This decision was made because shareholders compelled the newspaper (TRB: NYSE) to market itself for sale as well as divest certain component parts--including their baseball team. Like any smart seller in a buyer's market, they spruced up the old ballpark (the second oldest in the major leagues) to make it more saleable. The long overdue rebuilding of the playing surface at Wrigley...
  • Super Bowl 2

    10/07/2007 11:36:53 AM PDT · by knarf · 20 replies · 587+ views
    NFL | October 7, 2007 | knarf
    I'm blacked out (so how can I be typing ? ..[just thought I'd put that in before someone else did])Is anyone watching?There's no live thread.
  • Piniella's suspension set at four games.

    06/04/2007 11:33:42 PM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 9 replies · 539+ views
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | 6/4/07 | Associated Press
    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella's suspension was set at four games Monday by Major League Baseball for his weekend dirt-kicking tantrum against an umpire. "I will serve it and I will learn from this experience," Piniella said before Monday night's game at Milwaukee. "These things won't happen again." The commissioner's office originally planned to suspend Piniella for five games. The penalty was reduced by one game after Piniella spoke with John McHale Jr., MLB's executive vice president for administration. Piniella said he was suspended for making contact with umpire Mark Wegner -- which the Cubs first-year manager...
  • Memorial Day Videos: 'Baseball Hero Saves the Flag' and 'America the Beautiful'

    05/28/2007 5:33:26 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies · 683+ views ^ | May 28, 2007 | Noel Sheppard
    Memorial Day Videos: 'Baseball Hero Saves the Flag' and 'America the Beautiful' Posted by Noel Sheppard on May 28, 2007 - 11:29. Folks, last year at this time, I posted a number of commemorative videos to help you celebrate Memorial Day. “The True Meaning of Memorial Day” can be seen here, and Ray Charles marvelously singing “America the Beautiful” here. By far, the most popular was “Another Memorial Day Video: Baseball Hero Saves the American Flag.”In it, the uplifting story of Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday was told: [T]hirty years ago this past April, as America was in the process of celebrating its...
  • Tribune Co.: Dutch auction garners 15% of shares ( Dinos got fewer buyers than expected )

    07/02/2006 11:52:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies · 857+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Jun 27, 2006 | Angela Moore
    Dissident group says will continue efforts for sale or breakup of company... Tribune Co. shares gained ground Tuesday, rising as the media company that's been working to revamp operations amid shareholder unrest announced the results of a Dutch tender auction. Analysts said any gains could prove short lived, however. Chicago-based Tribune Co said that about 45 million, or 15%, of its common shares were tendered and that it expects to buy the shares at a price of $32.50 each. The number of shares tendered came in 8 million short of the maximum that the company had initially authorized in the...
  • Rick Monday Saved the Flag 30 Years Ago

    04/25/2006 6:08:23 AM PDT · by JZelle · 21 replies · 1,246+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4-22-06 | Bob Nightengale
    LOS ANGELES -- Rick Monday never tires of answering questions about that memorable day 30 years ago, when he performed his own Patriot Act and unwittingly became an icon to millions of American war heroes and their loved ones. Monday was playing center field for the Chicago Cubs on April 25, 1976, at Dodger Stadium when he noticed two protesters kneeling on the grass in left-center, intending to burn the American flag. He immediately bolted toward them and snatched it away.
  • Baseball fans cheer Bush, boo Bonds

    04/03/2006 6:25:47 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 33 replies · 2,023+ views
    The Major League Baseball season began in full swing Monday with two controversial figures receiving vastly different receptions from fans. President Bush received a loud standing ovation when he took the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in Cincinnati, a Republican-leaning city. He was accompanied by two injured soldiers and a father who lost his son in Afghanistan. -Snip-Bush became the first sitting president to throw a ceremonial pitch in Cincinnati as the Reds lost 16-7 to the Chicago Cubs. The ball to catcher Jason LaRue was high and off the plate, but Bush called it “my best...
  • Bush Throws Opening Pitch in Cincinnati

    04/03/2006 5:33:43 PM PDT · by pissant · 90 replies · 1,382+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/3/06 | James Gerstenzang
    CINCINNATI -- President Bush combined twin passions — baseball and politics — today, throwing the ceremonial first pitch as the Cincinnati Reds, run by a major Bush political fundraiser, and the Chicago Cubs opened their seasons. Bush, whose political world of late has been as chilly as Cincinnati's 50-degree opening day temperature, fared better in the baseball world: From the pitcher's mound his 59-year-old arm found the vicinity of home plate despite a stiff breeze. It was just wide enough to be called a brushback on a right-handed hitter. Reds' catcher Jason LaRue, on the disabled list after knee surgery,...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (4/3/06): photos

    04/03/2006 5:19:11 PM PDT · by snugs · 184 replies · 3,602+ views
    The President spent the weekend in Crawford Texas. Today the President threw out the first pitch of the Cincinnati Reds opening day baseball game in Cincinnati, Ohio. Before the game he presented Eugene Goss, a junior at Clark Montessori High School in Cincinnati, the Volunteer Service Award as he arrived at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Ky. The First Lady visited schools today. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in England back end of last week and spent Sunday and part of today in Baghdad with Jack Straw, she returned to London today with Jack Straw for...
  • White Sox Are Second Team in Second City

    10/13/2005 2:14:20 PM PDT · by toddlintown · 92 replies · 710+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Oct. 13, 2005 | DON BABWIN
    CHICAGO - Its most famous team is the one that cheated, the one forever branded the Black Sox. Its most enduring image may be the outfielder doused with beer while standing against the outfield wall, or maybe the two drunken fans running onto the field to attack a coach. Then, again, it may be the decades of losing. Not the romantic kind tied to some mysterious curse, but the kind that comes with simply playing badly. As the Chicago White Sox take on the Los Angeles Angels for the right to play in the World Series — something they haven't...
  • Marines receive awards at Shea Stadium

    08/12/2005 4:25:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 341+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Aug 12, 2005 | Cpl. Lameen Witter
    NEW YORK (August 12, 2005) -- Marines from Marine Aircraft Group 49, Detachment B, in Newburgh, N.Y., received awards on the field of the New York Mets’ Shea Stadium amidst the cheers and applause of Mets fans, August 7. Staff Sgt. David R. Boucher, avionics technician, and Capt. Joshua M. Vance, assistant operations officer, of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 452 were each awarded a Navy Commendation Medal for their “outstanding performances” while on recent deployment in Iraq. “We had a very long successful deployment. We brought everybody back and nobody got hurt. The biggest memories I have are...
  • Adding Injury to Insult (bad times for Nomar)

    04/22/2005 12:31:25 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 11 replies · 553+ views ^ | 05/21/05 | Ray Ratto
    Athletes say they don't look back, ever. Athletes lie. Thus, it is safe to theorize the demons doing wind sprints in Nomar Garciaparra's head right now. Starting with, "Man, I'm glad I got married, otherwise the last 18 months would completely suck." The pain from a torn groin could have left Nomar Garciaparra seeing dollar signs now out of his reach.Thursday, Garciaparra got the cheery news that he'll miss at least the next two months with a groin muscle tear. This, after starting the season hitting .157. After watching the Boston Red Sox get their World Series rings. After watching...
  • Governor denies flip-flopping on baseball loyalties, (Rod Blagojevich, D-IL)

    05/27/2004 6:34:23 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 4 replies · 767+ views
    AP via CBS 2 Chicago ^ | May 27, 2004 | CHRISTOPHER WILLS
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Politicians may flip-flop on some issues, but Gov. Rod Blagojevich insisted Thursday that he has never wavered in his loyalty to the Chicago Cubs. Risking a backlash from die-hard fans of other teams, Blagojevich rejected suggestions that he has sometimes flirted with the Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. ``Let me be clear: I am unabashedly a Cubs fan,'' Blagojevich said. ``I love the Cubs. When they play the Cardinals, I'm for the Cubs. When the Cubs play the White Sox, I'm for the Cubs.'' Blagojevich said he was simply being polite when he wore a...
  • Cub fans of FReeperland, explain the goat, please.

    02/25/2004 2:50:02 PM PST · by foreverfree · 6 replies · 253+ views
    foreverfree | 2/25/2004 | foreverfree
    I know about the Bosox and the Bambino curse. But I didn't know about the Cubbies' goat jinx until I watched the Little Bears' ill-fated playoff march last October.Please explain the goat.foreverfree
  • Restaurant Buys Ball From Cubs' Loss

    12/19/2003 11:09:49 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 4 replies · 251+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/19/03 | Bennie Currie
    CHICAGO - Harry Caray's restaurant paid $106,600 for the infamous baseball deflected by a fan, and the owners want to destroy the ball and close an agonizing chapter in Cubs history. AP Photo AP Photo Slideshow: MLB: Cubs "Destroying it hopefully will have kind of a cathartic effect for the fans," said winning bidder Grant DePorter, a friend of the late broadcaster and managing partner of his restaurant. DePorter bought the ball in an Internet auction and said he plans to destroy it Feb. 26, when the restaurant organizes a worldwide toast to Caray, who died in 1998. He said...
  • Caray's friend buys Bartman ball for $106,600 -- with intent to destroy

    12/19/2003 11:07:35 AM PST · by Prodigal Son · 35 replies · 284+ views
    Sports Illustrated ^ | December 19, 2003
    <p>OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) -- The owners of Harry Caray's restaurant paid $106,600 for the ball that was deflected by a fan during a playoff loss, a purchase aimed at closing an agonizing chapter in Cubs history.</p> <p>The ball was sold at auction early Friday, with the winning bid by Grant DePorter, managing partner of Harry Caray's Restaurant group, named for the late Cubs broadcaster.</p>
  • Bartman gives to charity, Santo offers comfort

    10/26/2003 2:31:54 AM PST · by JustPiper · 8 replies · 174+ views
    AP Baseball ^ | 10-25-03 | N/A
    CHICAGO — Steve Bartman surfaced briefly yesterday to say he and his family and friends have been threatened and harassed by some, but received empathy and support from many others since he became the center of controversy by tipping a foul ball at an unfortunate moment during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. Bartman, a Cubs fan, issued what he termed his "final comment" on the subject. He said he was declining interview requests and would donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation all the "generous gift offers" he has received "from individuals and businesses across the country."...
  • Gotta See This!* (Cub Fan Interference? Conclusive Pictures)

    10/17/2003 6:15:00 PM PDT · by Sabertooth · 237 replies · 690+ views
    October 17th, 2003 | Sabertooth
    In Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series between the Florida Marlins and the Chicago Cubs Wednesday night, five outs Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo stood in against right-hander Mark Prior of the Cubs, who’d been painting a three-hit shutout until that point. With one out, a 3-2 count, and the Marlins speedy Juan Pierre on second with a double, the switch-hitting Castillo sliced a Prior pitch down the left field foul line. As the pop-up tailed for the grandstands. Cubs leftfielder Moises Alou circled under it, braced his right hand against the wall of the Wrigley Field...
  • ESPN becomes butt of phone joke ("Steve Bartman" call was a Howard Stern prank. Baba Booey!)

    10/16/2003 10:56:34 PM PDT · by Timesink · 38 replies · 3,867+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 16, 2003
    ESPN BECOMES BUTT OF PHONE JOKEAssociated PressOct. 16, 2003 9:11 p.m.BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A man pretending to be infamous Cubs fan Steve Bartman tricked ESPN into putting him on the air for a live phone interview Thursday. The prank, on the 6 p.m. edition of "SportsCenter," was discovered shortly into the interview when the man referred to radio shock jock Howard Stern. The interview was stopped, and anchor Dan Patrick said, "We've been had. That was not Steve Bartman." "We made a mistake," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said. "We have a process in place to prevent these type of...
  • A helping hand (Miami Herald Gives Win Credit To Chicago Cubs Fan On Front Page)

    10/15/2003 7:27:39 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 50 replies · 266+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | October 15, 2003 | CLARK SPENCER
    CHICAGO - They were down to their final five outs. Five more outs and their season would be over. Five more outs and they would go home, kick back for the winter, and daydream about the glorious summer that was. And then, as a stunned Wrigley Field crowd of 39,577 sat in dumbfounded silence, it happened. The Marlins found their magic. They whipped out their wand in the waning, desperate moments Tuesday and produced one of their most dramatic victories in a summer full of them. Down 3-0 and facing elimination with a loss to the Chicago Cubs in Game...