NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2018 Cubs season-long, multi-platform coverage details

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NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2018 Cubs season-long, multi-platform coverage details

NBC Sports Chicago’s 84-Game Cubs Schedule gets underway on SATURDAY, MARCH 31 at Miami featuring the highly-anticipated debut of new starting pitcher/four-time All-Star YU DARVISH!

Live streaming coverage of EVERY Cubs telecast on NBC Sports Chicago – including all surrounding pre/postgame programming –
to be made available to authenticated subscribers on and via the NBC Sports app!

NEW THIS SEASON: Former Cubs standout centerfielder/veteran baseball analyst & author DOUG GLANVILLE joins NBC Sports Chicago as the network’s multi-platform Cubs expert!

NEW THIS SEASON: Leila Rahimi to host “Baseball Night in Chicago” leading into every 7:00 PM weeknight Cubs telecast featuring Doug Glanville and Ozzie Guillen!

NEW THIS SEASON: Seven games to be designated as a Cubs “Authentic Fan Night,” featuring giveaways, talent appearances, along with remote editions of ‘SportsTalk Live’ to take place at the Park at Wrigley! to feature additional in-depth reporting from Cubs digital reporter/producer Tony Andracki; a new season of “CubsTalk Podcasts,”; Expanded Social Media highlights to include Cubs-focused editions of Facebook Live, enhanced coverage on Instagram & Instagram Stories, plus 24/7 Twitter updates from NBC Sports Chicago’s crew of Cubs experts and much more!

“Cubs Season Preview” special airs TONIGHT at 7:00 PM CT!

Chicago, IL (March 28, 2017) – NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the two-time defending NL Central champion Chicago Cubs, is ready to deliver its most extensive season Cubs coverage to date featuring 84 live regular season game telecasts, which includes live streaming of EVERY GAME to authenticated subscribers via and the NBC Sports app, plus – NBC Sports Chicago to provide a new look to its surrounding game night programming, along with a massive season-long offering of 24/7 cross-platform content. 

The first of 84 Cubs games on NBC Sports Chicago’s schedule gets underway this Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 PM CT as the Cubs face the Miami Marlins in the highly-anticipated pitching debut of free agent acquisition/four-time All-Star Yu Darvish.  NBC Sports Chicago’s veteran Cubs announcing tandem of Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will provide the call of the game.  Coverage begins at 5:30 PM CT with the season premiere of Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group with hosts David Kaplan (@thekapman) and David DeJesus (@David_DeJesus3) from NBC Sports Chicago’s downtown studios, along with the latest game night news and updates live from Marlins Park via Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull (@KellyCrull) and Cubs multi-platform reporter/producer Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23).  In addition, fans will also be treated to a special Facebook Live ( chat with Crull & Andracki at approx. 12 NOON, along with a Twitter (@NBCSCubs) live Periscope segment previewing the game with Kaplan & DeJesus at 4:30 PM.  The game will be immediately followed by Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, featuring Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s live post-game press conference, along with player post-game reaction, expanded highlights, detailed analysis and more.

Even though NBC Sports Chicago will not carry the Cubs home opener on Monday, April 9, fans can still count on NBC Sports Chicago to provide numerous, additional multi-platform HOME OPENER content offerings including a “Best Home Opener Moments” video feature on Facebook & Twitter at 8:00 AM, a Twitter (@NBCSCubs) live Periscope “Look at Wrigley” segment at approx. 11:00 AM showcasing scenes from batting practice, warmups, and atmosphere footage in and around the ballpark, plus - a multitude of Opening Day “Sights & Sounds” moments will be also provided via Snapchat (‘NBCSChicago’), along with additional photos/quick video offerings from ‘NBCSChicago’ via Instagram and Instagram Stories

NEW THIS SEASON: Former Cubs standout centerfielder/veteran baseball analyst & author DOUG GLANVILLE will be joining the network as its primary contributor to the network’s digital platforms providing fans with expert Cubs/MLB commentary on via written columns, video essays, along with regular appearances on the popular “CubsTalk Podcast.” In addition, Glanville will be a regular game night panelist throughout the season on SportsTalk Live.

NEW THIS SEASON: NBC Sports Chicago’s Leila Rahimi will host the network’s new Chicago-focused baseball show, Baseball Night in Chicago, featuring Doug Glanville and 2005 White Sox World Series champion manager Ozzie GuillenBaseball Night in Chicago, airing weeknights at 6:30 PM, will serve as the lead-in program for every Monday-Friday 7:00 PM Cubs telecast on NBC Sports Chicago this season.

NEW THIS SEASON: Seven home game telecasts this season will also be designated as an NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan Night” at Wrigley Field.  Fans are urged to stop by the “Authentic Fan” labeled area to get their Cubs cheer cards, meet/greet NBC Sports Chicago talent members, plus - the first 500 fans who visit will receive a special “Authentic Fan” Cubs give-away.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will present special “Authentic Fan Night” remote editions of SportsTalk Live, which will be held at the Park at Wrigley, located just outside of the ballpark on Clark St.  

For the second-straight year, EVERY Cubs game telecast airing on NBC Sports Chicago, including surrounding pre/postgame coverage, will be accessible live via and the NBC Sports app to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers.  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on a variety streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service of White Sox games, viewers are urged to visit the following link:

PROGRAMMING NOTE: TONIGHT at 7:00 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago, Cubs fans will get a preview of the 2018 MLB season with the Cubs Season Preview Special presented by Field Auto Group.  Hosted by David Kaplan, along with analysts Kelly Crull, Doug Glanville and additional content contribution via Tony Andracki, this one-hour special, filled with player/coaches interviews and a detailed season preview analysis, will provide viewers with a comprehensive look at this year’s Opening Day Cubs roster, an overview of all the off-season trades & acquisitions, and discussion on the key factors needed for a return trip to the World Series.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Nine (9) Cubs games on NBC Sports Chicago this season are currently scheduled to air on NBC Sports Chicago+ (see attached schedule).  NBC Sports Chicago+ (NBCSCH+) telecasts are provided to NBC Sports Chicago affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously.  NBCSCH+ is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details.

In addition to its live stream of every NBC Sports Chicago Cubs game telecast, will also provide fans with even more exclusive Cubs content throughout the season including the following:

  • will stream EVERY Cubs home postgame press conference LIVE providing insider access to manager Joe Maddon.
  • “CubsTalk PODCAST” – Featuring NBC Sports Chicago’s Cubs guru David Kaplan, Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull, Cubs multi-platform contributor Doug Glanville, along with Cubs content producers Tony Andracki & Jon Graff and an array of special guests, NBC Sports Chicago’s popular “Cubs Talk” podcast features in-depth Cubs discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news throughout the season. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • Push Alerts: NBC Sports Chicago will deliver Cubs push notifications for breaking team and player news, behind-the-scenes reports, plus game reminder alerts via NBC Sports Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
  • CubsTalk ( -’s high-velocity, comprehensive Cubs section featuring the latest news, videos, feature stories, and social media highlights. CubsTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the “CubsTalk PODCAST.”
  • Fans can also follow and connect with NBC Sports Chicago’s extensive Cubs coverage on Facebook (including numerous “Facebook Live” segments with NBC Sports Chicago talent), Twitter (@NBCSCubs), along with Instagram and Snapchat at ‘NBCSChicago’



2018 Chicago Cubs Schedule


  1. Sat, Mar 31                6:00 pm              @ Miami
  2. Sun, Apr 1                  12:00 pm            @ Miami                                 
  3. Mon, Apr 2                 3:00 pm              @ Cincinnati
  4. Thu, Apr 5                  7:00 pm              @ Milwaukee
  5. Fri, April 6                  7:00 pm              @ Milwaukee                          NBCSCH+
  6. Thu, Apr 12                1:20 pm              vs. Pittsburgh
  7. Fri, Apr 13                  1:20 pm              vs. Atlanta
  8. Sat, Apr 14                 1:20 pm              vs. Atlanta
  9. Tue, Apr 17                7:00 pm              vs. St. Louis
  10. Sat, Apr 21                 7:00 pm              @ Colorado
  11. Sun, Apr 22                2:00 pm              @ Colorado
  12. Wed, Apr 25               6:00 pm              @ Cleveland
  13. Thu, Apr 26                7:00 pm              vs. Milwaukee                         NBCSCH+
  14. Fri, Apr 27                  1:20 pm              vs. Milwaukee
  15. Sun, Apr 29                1:20 pm              vs. Milwaukee
  16. Mon, Apr 30               6:00 pm              vs. Colorado
  17. Wed, May 2               1:20 pm              vs. Colorado
  18. Fri, May 4                   7:00 pm              @ St. Louis
  19. Mon, May 7                7:00 pm              vs. Miami
  20. Tue, May 8                 7:00 pm              vs. Miami
  21. Fri, May 11                 1:20 pm              vs. WHITE SOX
  22. Tue, May 15               6:30 pm              @ Atlanta                                NBCSCH+
  23. Fri, May 18                 6:00 pm              @ Cincinnati                           
  24. Wed, May 23             7:00 pm              vs. Cleveland
  25. Wed, May 30             6:00 pm              @ Pittsburgh
  26. Thu, May 31               6:00 pm              @ New York Mets
  27. Fri, June 1                  6:00 pm              @ New York Mets                   NBCSCH+
  28. Wed, June 6              7:00 pm              vs. Philadelphia                       NBCSCH+
  29. Thu, June 7                1:20 pm              vs. Philadelphia
  30. Fri, June 8                  1:20 pm              vs. Pittsburgh
  31. Mon, June 11             7:00 pm              @ Milwaukee                          NBCSCH+
  32. Tue, June 12              7:00 pm              @ Milwaukee
  33. Sun, June 17             1:00 pm              @ St. Louis
  34. Mon, June 18             7:00 pm              vs. LA Dodgers
  35. Thu, June 21              6:00 pm              @ Cincinnati
  36. Sun, June 24             12:00 pm            @ Cincinnati
  37. Mon, June 25             9:00 pm              @ LA Dodgers
  38. Wed, June 27            9:00 pm              @ LA Dodgers                        NBCSCH+
  39. Thu, June 28              2:00 pm              @ LA Dodgers
  40. Fri, June 29                4:00 pm              vs. Minnesota
  41. Tue, July 3                 1:20 pm              vs. Detroit
  42. Fri, July 6                   1:20 pm              vs. Cincinnati
  43. Sat, July 7                  1:20 pm              vs. Cincinnati
  44. Mon, July 9                9:00 pm              @ San Francisco
  45. Wed, July 11              2:30 pm              @ San Francisco
  46. Fri, July 13                 9:00 pm              @ San Diego
  47. Fri, July 20                 1:20 pm              vs. St. Louis
  48. Mon, July 23              7:00 pm              vs. Arizona                             
  49. Wed, July 25              1:20 pm              vs. Arizona
  50. Thu, July 26               1:20 pm              vs. Arizona
  51. Fri, July 27                 7:00 pm              @ St. Louis
  52. Sat, July 28                3:00 pm              @ St. Louis                            
  53. Tue, July 31               6:00 pm              @ Pittsburgh
  54. Thu, Aug 2                 7:00 pm              vs. San Diego
  55. Fri, Aug 3                   1:20 pm              vs. San Diego
  56. Sat, Aug 4                  1:20 pm              vs. San Diego
  57. Mon, Aug 6                7:00 pm              @ Kansas City                        NBCSCH+
  58. Tue, Aug 7                 7:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  59. Fri, Aug 10                 1:20 pm              vs. Washington
  60. Sun, Aug 12               1:20 pm              vs. Washington
  61. Tue, Aug 14               1:20 pm              vs. Milwaukee
  62. Thu, Aug 16               6:00 pm              @ Pittsburgh
  63. Fri, Aug 17                 6:00 pm              @ Pittsburgh
  64. Tue, Aug 21               6:00 pm              @ Detroit
  65. Thu, Aug 23               7:00 pm              vs. Cincinnati
  66. Fri, Aug 24                 1:20 pm              vs Cincinnati
  67. Mon, Aug 27              7:00 pm              vs. NY Mets                            
  68. Wed, Aug 29              1:20 pm              vs. NY Mets
  69. Fri, Aug 31                 6:00 pm              @ Philadelphia                        NBCSCH+
  70. Sat, Sept 1                 6:00 pm              @ Philadelphia
  71. Tue, Sept 4                7:00 pm              @ Milwaukee
  72. Thu, Sept 6                6:00 pm              @ Washington
  73. Fri, Sept 7                  6:00 pm              @ Washington
  74. Sun, Sept 9                12:30 pm            @ Washington
  75. Mon, Sept 10             7:00 pm              vs. Milwaukee
  76. Sat, Sept 15               3:00 pm              vs. Cincinnati
  77. Wed, Sept 19             8:30 pm              @ Arizona
  78. Fri, Sept 21                3:00 pm              @ WHITE SOX
  79. Sat, Sept 22               6:00 pm              @ WHITE SOX
  80. Mon, Sept 24             7:00 pm              vs. Pittsburgh
  81. Wed, Sept 26             7:00 pm              vs. Pittsburgh
  82. Thu, Sept 27              7:00 pm              vs. Pittsburgh
  83. Sat, Sept 29               1:20 pm              vs. St. Louis
  84. Sun, Sept 30              2:20 pm              vs. St. Louis  

42 Home, 42 Road regular season games
Total: 84 games

All Times Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change

David Bote's unique perspective on the rise of the Cubs

David Bote's unique perspective on the rise of the Cubs

CLEVELAND — David Bote hugged and high-fived so many people he didn't even know.

In other words, he was just like every other Cubs fan.

Bote has been here since the beginning — an 18th round pick in 2012, Theo Epstein's first draft with the Cubs front office.

You better believe Bote was there at the end, too.

He sat down the right field line in Game 5 of the 2016 World Series, cheering on a gaggle of former teammates and a bunch of guys he had never played with.

Bote understands the family dynamic fans experience at Wrigley Field, celebrating with people he'd never speak to again.

And all along, he never told them who he was or that he had played with Kris Bryant and Addison Russell and Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. in the minors.

Bote is a Colorado native who got the call to the big leagues last weekend when Ben Zobrist went on the disabled list and played his first game in front of family and friends at Coors Field. To make it even sweeter, Bote doubled in his first MLB at-bat.

"I thought [Rockies CF Charlies] Blackmon was gonna catch it," Bote said. "I saw him kinda coastin' to it and I was like, 'No way you're about to catch this.' And then I realized he was playing it off the wall.

"I got to second base and turned around, all 24 of those guys are standing up on the top step, raising their hands, giving me the peace sign. I don't want to say it was a relief, but it's more of kinda like that jittery feeling of 'That was pretty sweet.'" 

Bote, 25, understands he's not up here to play a huge role — he's only recorded 5 trips to the plate in 4 games — but he knows the 2018 Cubs have a World Series or bust mindset and he wants to do all he can to get the team there once again.

He's never been considered a top prospect and played all over the field in the Cubs minor-league system — every position but catcher and center field (yes, he's even pitched 7 innings) — and realizes how hard it is for a utility guy to even make it to the majors.

"It's crazy because coming from where I have in my baseball career as a guy who's been bounced around or not looked at as what people say as an organizational player," Bote said. "Obviously the Cubs had belief in me and I've had belief in myself too of making it here and blocking out the outside noise.

"It was tough at times. And then to make your debut and play in the big leagues and then to be with these guys and be competing at the highest level for the highest prize in the game is something I can't even put into words.

"I'm super grateful, humbled and blessed to have been part of it and to make it and to be here with this club especially is a very humbling experience."

Bote has been at Wrigley a bunch, including the World Series contest plus Game 2 of the 2016 NLDS — where he celebrated Travis Wood's homer — as well as a memorable regular-season game in July 2015. The kid sitting in front of Bote was crying after the Cubs blew a lead and surrendered four runs to the Colorado Rockies in the top of the ninth inning on that July 27th evening. To help ease his pain, Bote told the kid they were about to witness a Kris Bryant walk-off...which is exactly what happened.

But for all the times he's been to Wrigley as a fan, Bote has never once stepped foot on the hallowed ground of the diamond.

That will change Thursday when he will finally get an opportunity to experience it as a player in those historic pinstripes and blue "C".

And you better believe Bote's got that day circled on his calendar:

"There's no better place on Earth."

Is this catch by Reed Johnson the best of the last decade?

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Is this catch by Reed Johnson the best of the last decade?

Ten years ago today, Reed Johnson had one of the best catches in a Cubs uniform.

On April 26, 2008, the Cubs outfielder made a spectacular diving catch off of Nationals' Felipe Lopez's liner to center field. Johnson had to run to his right in what felt like a mile to track down. He then dove for it on the warning track going head first into the wall. Remember this?

How he caught it? Not sure. And how he didn't get hurt? Don't know that either.

But a lot of members on the Cubs at the time raved about the catch (Len Kasper's call was also phenomenal), and joked that they're happy it didn't happen on W. Addison St.

"At Wrigley Field they might have had to call a timeout to find his head in the vines," manager Lou Piniella said after that game.

There have been some outstanding catches since that catch in 2008. Jason Heyward's diving grab in San Francisco, Javier Baez's catch against the Miami Marlins where he dove into the crowd, Anthony Rizzo's tarp catches. There are a handful of them. 

But where does this one rank?