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

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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 CSNChicago.com 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 CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app.  Please note CSN’s coverage line-up below:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 on CSN – 2016 CHICAGO CUBS WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP “CELEBRATION OF THE CENTURY” COVERAGE!

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 CSNChicago.com 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.

CSNChicago.com’s Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) will also provide numerous parade/rally reports throughout the day and CSNChicago.com’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, CSNChicago.com’s “CubsTalk” section (csnchicago.com/cubs) 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.

Javy Baez should be the frontrunner for NL MVP heading into the All-Star Break

Javy Baez should be the frontrunner for NL MVP heading into the All-Star Break

If the season ended today, Javy Baez may be your National League MVP.

Of course, the season isn't ending today, only the first half of the 2018 campaign is.

He flashed his skills again over the weekend — scoring the game-winning run Friday, posting a 5-RBI game Saturday and then drove in the Cubs' first run in their 7-4 victory Sunday to close out a sweep of the Padres.

Entering the All-Star Break, Baez should be the frontrunner for Most Valuable Player.

For starters, he's the best player on the best team in the league.

Thanks to a recent hot surge by the Cubs and an ugly weekend for the Brewers (who have lost 6 straight), Baez and Co. will go into the break with the best record in the NL. 

Baez, meanwhile, leads the Cubs in WAR and nearly every offensive category — OPS, slugging percentage, homers, RBI, runs scored, doubles, triples, total bases, stolen bases and hits.

And that's not even saying anything about his glovework at any position on the infield or dynamic baserunning.

He's on pace to become the first Cubs player to drive in 125 runs since Sammy Sosa in 2001.

Baez also is on track for a 30-30 season — something only Sosa accomplished in a Cubs uniform in 1993 and 1995. 

El Mago will enjoy his week in the Home Run Derby and as the NL's starting second baseman in the All-Star Game, but those shouldn't be the end of his accolades this year if he can find a way to keep this pace up in the second half.

What other NL candidate would be a better choice for the MVP right now?

Baez is tied for the league lead in RBI. Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar is just behind Baez with 70 RBI, but he also has 70 fewer at-bats than the Cubs star due to a platoon to begin the year. 

Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett are also having great years, but the Reds are nowhere close to a playoff spot. 

Nolan Arenado, Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldschmidt are also having very good seasons on teams that are currently in the playoff hunt, but how do you deny the best player on the league's best team?

After all, where would the Cubs be without Baez this season? 

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have battled through injuries and bouts of ineffectiveness, the pitching staff has had all kinds of consistency/health woes and Willson Contreras has yet to find his power stroke at the plate.

At the very least, "El Mago" has been the most important player on the North Side of Chicago during the first 3.5 months of 2018.

Nico Hoerner makes great catch in first game with South Bend

Nico Hoerner makes great catch in first game with South Bend

Cubs first-round pick Nico Hoerner made his debut with the Class-A South Bend Cubs, and he did not disappoint.

The 23-year old shortstop showed off impressive hops during an acrobatic grab in the topf of the second inning in his first game with the South Bend Cubs. Hoerner will surely be an exciting defensive prospect with ability like this.

As far as offense goes, through four at-bats at South Bend, Hoerner is batting .500, and this comes after he hit .318 with a home run and two RBI through seven games with the Eugene Emeralds, the Cubs Class A short-season affiliate.

Here is to hoping we continue to see big-time plays from Hoerner.