CSN to showcase over six-straight hours of Cubs World Series Championship celebratory coverage beginning Friday morning at 6:30 a.m.


CSN to showcase over six-straight hours of Cubs World Series Championship celebratory coverage beginning Friday morning at 6:30 a.m.

6:30 AM – Replay of CSN’s “Cubs Postseason Live” World Series Championship celebratory coverage from Wednesday night!

9:00 AM – LIVE “Celebration of the Century” coverage (presented by State Farm) of the Cubs World Series Championship Parade & Rally

6:00 PM – Replay of Wednesday night’s Game 7 World Series championship-clinching win over Cleveland, which will also feature the post-game World Series Trophy presentation and much more!

Live World Series Championship Parade & Rally coverage to also be streamed on and also available via the NBC Sports app!

Viewers can get interactive throughout the celebration by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #FlyTheW

Chicago, IL (November 3, 2016) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the 2016 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION CHICAGO CUBS, will be celebrating the team’s first title in 108 years with the entire city of Chicago tomorrow (Friday, November 4), as it will present OVER SIX-STRAIGHT HOURS of World Series championship-related programming.

Beginning at 6:30 AM CT, CSN’s “Celebration of the Century” coverage gets underway with a 2 ½-hour replay of Wednesday night’s epic post-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois reliving the historic locker room, on-field, and city-wide celebrations once again in their entirety. 

Then, at 9:00 AM, CSN’s massive LIVE celebratory coverage begins with the network’s presentation of the Chicago Cubs World Series Championship Parade & Rally presented by State Farm featuring blowout coverage of the multi-bus parade originating from Wrigley Field, which will then head south throughout the streets of Chicago, and then off to the rally’s central location at Hutchinson Field in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park.  IMPORTANT NOTE: CSN’s live parade/rally coverage will also be available via live stream on and the NBC Sports app.  Please note CSN’s coverage line-up below:


6:30 AM – Cubs Postseason Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois – Encore edition of CSN’s extensive, acclaimed post-game show that followed Wednesday night’s historic Game 7 World Series title clinching moment. Hosted by David Kaplan, Todd Hollandsworth, Ryne Sandberg, along with locker room/on-field reports via Kelly Crull and Luke Stuckmeyer, highlights include numerous celebratory interviews with Cubs players, manager Joe Maddon, President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, and, of course, the legendary film comedian/native Chicagoan/lifelong Cub fan Bill Murray.   

9:00 AM (LIVE) – CHICAGO CUBS WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE & RALLY presented by State Farm – CSN’s LIVE 2016 Cubs World Series Championship Parade & Rally coverage will be hosted by David Kaplan (@thekapman), Todd Hollandsworth (@hollytime28), along with a number of special guests from the rally’s central location at Hutchinson Field in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park.  In addition, Pat Boyle (@CSNBoyle) and Mark Schanowski (@MarkSchanowski) will be reporting from the bus departure location at Wrigley Field, Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) will be aboard one of the open air player busses providing her up-close perspective during the parade – plus, Chris Boden (@CSNBoden), Luke Stuckmeyer (@LukeStuckmeyer), Leila Rahimi (@leilarahimi), and Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) will be providing additional reports at various locations along the parade route.  CSN’s coverage will also include aerial shots throughout the event, along with lighthearted interviews with many of the rabid fans that will be attending the day’s festivities.  IMPORTANT NOTES: CSN'’s World Series Parade & Rally coverage will also be streamed live on and will be made available for viewing via the NBC Sports app…CSN will also replay its parade/rally coverage at 7:00 PM.

6:00 PM – 2016 World Series, Game 7: Cubs at Indians – Replay of Wednesday night’s historic “MLB on FOX” World Series Game 7 championship-clinching win (to run from 6:00 to 10:00 PM with limited interruptions). Coverage to also include the presentation of the World Series Trophy, along with the World Series MVP trophy honor to Ben Zobrist.’s Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) will also provide numerous parade/rally reports throughout the day and’s digital production team will have even more coverage of this historic day in Chicago sports history with numerous photo, videos and first-hand anecdotes via Twitter @CSNCubs. In addition, fans are urged to follow @CSNChicago on Instagram & Snapchat for enhanced, exclusive content featuring real-time sights and sounds from the parade & rally.  Fans can also get interactive with CSN’s Cubs World Series parade/rally coverage throughout the morning and afternoon by utilizing the social media hashtag #FlyTheW.

In addition to live streaming the entire World Series Championship parade/rally,’s “CubsTalk” section ( will be a one-stop destination for all World Series parade/rally-related activities featuring highlight videos, articles, and photo galleries from the big event.  This special digital section already includes numerous CSN exclusive interviews, celebratory fan reactions, along with a look back at the team’s amazing World Series journey with detailed game recaps provided by Mooney.

Scouting the Cubs' competition: Can anybody dethrone the Dodgers?


Scouting the Cubs' competition: Can anybody dethrone the Dodgers?

The expectations couldn't be any higher for the 2018 Chicago Cubs. 

It's 2016 all over again. The goal isn't just a trip to the playoffs or another NL pennant. It's World Series or bust for this group of North Siders.

With that, let's take a look at all of the teams that could stand in the way of the Cubs getting back to the Fall Classic:

Los Angeles Dodgers

2017 record: 104-58, 1st place in NL West

Offseason additions: Matt Kemp, Scott Alexander, Brian Schlitter (former Cub still in the league), Pat Venditte (switch-pitcher), Hamlet Marte (only included because his name is "Hamlet")

Offseason departures: Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow, Tony Watson, Adrian Gonzalez, Curtis Granderson, Andre Ethier, Franklin Gutierrez, Scott Van Slyke, Brandon McCarthy, Luis Avilan, Scott Kazmir

X-factor: Chris Taylor/Alex Wood

Cheating a bit here and going with two guys.

Wood has been a very good and very underrated pitcher for his entire career, but he also has struggled to stay healthy. He made just 27 appearances (25 starts) last season and has pitched more than 172 innings in a season just once (2015).

Wood has a career 3.20 ERA and led the league in winning percentage last season after going 16-3. We all know Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher on the planet (again, when healthy), but if Wood can take the ball every fifth day, it takes so much pressure off Kershaw and makes the Dodgers that much more formidable.

Taylor came from out of absolutely nowhere last year to turn in a heck of a season - .288/.354/.496 slash line, 21 HR, 72 RBI, 85 R, 17 SB - and sat atop the Dodgers order as they marched all the way to Game 7 of the World Series. 

The power was a huge surprise, but he's always had speed, hit for a high average and drawn walks, so if the power plays again, he's a huge weapon, especially with Justin Turner down with a wrist injury now. And the power actually looks legit after a swing and philosophy change.

Projected lineup

1. Chris Taylor - CF
2. Corey Seager - SS
3. Cody Bellinger - 1B
4. Yasiel Puig - RF
5. Yasmani Grandal - C
6. Joc Pederson - LF
7. Logan Forsythe - 3B
8. Chase Utley - 2B

Projected rotation

1. Clayton Kershaw
2. Alex Wood
3. Kenta Maeda
4. Rich Hill
5. Hyun-jin Ryu


Turner's broken wrist is a huge blow to the Dodgers before the season has even begun, especially when he's suddenly like the best right-handed hitter on the planet not named Mike Trout or Kris Bryant. 

Turner was always a solid utility player for the Mets but not much of a hitter (.696 OPS in 301 games with the Mets). In L.A., however, Turner has an .881 OPS in four years, including an incredible .945 OPS in 2017.

He's the anchor of their lineup and any time he misses is a big loss. But this Dodgers team is so talented around him that they'll be fine getting into the playoffs. Turner was bound to miss time anyways - he's played in more than 130 games in a season just once in his career.

The only thing that could slow this team down would be more injuries, especially if Kershaw's balky back rears its ugly head again. 

This may be the most talented roster in the National League (once Turner returns), so even in an NL West where four teams may be competing for the division title, the Dodgers should take the cake once again.

But will they have enough left in the tank to get past the Cubs or Nationals to represent the NL in the World Series once again?

Prediction: 1st in NL West

Complete opposition research

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San Francisco Giants
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Colorado Rockies
San Diego Padres

Here are the sharp holiday and special event uniforms that the Cubs will be rocking this season


Here are the sharp holiday and special event uniforms that the Cubs will be rocking this season

MLB will once again commemorate several holidays and special events during the 2018 season.

Monday, the league revealed the uniforms teams will don on Jackie Robinson Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and during Memorial Day weekend and Independence Day weekend.

The Cubs' regular uniforms are great, of course, but their special event uniforms are solid as well. Take a look:

Not too shabby, eh? In addition to the special caps and jerseys, MLB teams will be rocking unique socks and patches for each occasion. A complete collection of the uniforms can be found here.