Cubs morning recap


Cubs morning recap

With the new year fast approaching, Theo Epstein and his staff might be awfully busy, in addition to celebrating the new Cubs president's 38th birthday.

The little matter of Matt Garza's future hangs in the balance.

The Theo Trio could lock the energetic starter up with a long-term extension, of which the recent John Danks deal could be a good benchmark.

But if the front office decides trading the 28-year-old starter is the better option, where could he go? And could the trade wind up in the Cubs acquiring top first base prospect Anthony Rizzo, even if in a roundabout way?

Regardless of what happens with Garza, will Marlon Byrd be one of the Cubs on the way out of town this offseason? The Nationals and Red Sox could make nice suitors.

Then there's the not-so-small dealings of what Kerry Wood's future will be. It was assumed his signing with the Cubs was inevitable, but that may not be the case any longer.

If the Cubs are unable to get Rizzo, will Bryan LaHair get his shot at first base? And even if Rizzo does wind up on the North Side, could LaHair see a lot of playing time in the outfield in 2012?

While we're on the topic of trades, who are the guys Theo and Jed Hoyer absolutely, positively should not give up?

View from the Mooney

Theo and his posse aren't the only ones with work on their plate. As fans, you have to decide some things, too. Like what was the best Cubs moment in the 2011 calendar year? What was the worst?

Check out Patrick Mooney's incredible recap of the year that was for the Chicago Cubs. From the Carlos Silva blow-up in spring training to the Carlos Zambrano blow-up...well, all Theo-mania on the North Side to Ron Santo's Hall of Fame selection, Mooney has it all.

His Year in Review: "We stinks" to "Theo-mania" is a must-read for all fans who even pretend to follow the Cubs.

Around the Web

Al Yellon at Bleed Cubbie Blue got to do something most bloggers only dream of -- he interviewed Tom Ricketts, the owner of the Cubs.

What resulted was an entertaining read for Cubs fans of an interview spanning topics such as the Theo Epstein hire to things on the business end of the franchise to baseball-related topics.

Check them all out here: Part I, Part II, Part III

Cubs Talk Podcast: Answering your burning Cubs questions


Cubs Talk Podcast: Answering your burning Cubs questions

Is Joe Maddon the NL Manager of the Year? Is Javy Báez the NL MVP? Who makes the postseason roster out of David Bote, Tommy La Stella, Ian Happ and Terrance Gore? Will Dillon Maples carve out a role in the October bullpen?

Our Cubs crew (David Kaplan, Tony Andracki and Jeff Nelson) address these topics and more in the latest Cubs Talk Podcast with only 10 days remaining in the regular season.

Listen to the full podcast episode here or via the embedded player below:

The Wrigley Field press box was on actual fire Thursday


The Wrigley Field press box was on actual fire Thursday

As the Cubs enjoyed their first day off in over a month and their final day of rest for the remainder of the regular season, Wrigley Field was still buzzing with activity.

Not for a good reason, however.

Apparently, there was a fire at the "Friendly Confines" Thursday the press box:

Wow. There are so, so many jokes to be made here.

But before we could even make any remarks about hot takes, The Score's Bruce Levine explained there wasn't actually a fire IN the press box, but just outside it:

A malfunctioning ice cream machine was also stated be the cause of the fire:

Thankfully, spokesperson Julian Green of the Cubs stated that they were no injuries in the fire.

The Chicago Fire Department may not have even needed to utilize any trucks given the fire station is right across the street from the left field foul pole.

All immediate threats appear to be put out for now, but no word yet on how this will affect Wrigley Field moving forward or how much damage the fire caused.

The Cubs will play in Chicago this weekend, but at Guaranteed Rate Field on the South Side. They return home Monday evening for a 7-game homestand against the Pirates and Cardinals to close out the regular season.

The Cubs are hoping to play host to Game 1 of the NLDS two weeks from Thursday, if they can stave off the Brewers and clinch the division.