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Does Wrigley Field culture need changing?

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Does Wrigley Field culture need changing?

When Theo Epstein came to town, he preached the need for a culture change with the Cubs here in Chicago. It's something CSN's David Kaplan has stressed for months.

But they meant within the Cubs' organization, not cultural dynamics that have been implemented for the fan's enjoyment.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune wrote Thursday night Theo and the Cubs may be nixing one of the traditions that make Wrigley Field and the Cubs so great.

Now, to be fair, Sullivan isn't advocating -- or even suggesting -- eliminating one of the traditions, but he is simply asking "what if Theo got rid of this?"

But some of the things he suggests could go is crazy. The "Go, Cubs, Go" song? No way. Day games? Can't do it. Seventh-inning stretch singers? Unless you can find somebody as iconic as Harry Caray to belt out the lyrics every game, you can't take away a big tradition like that. The organ music? Might as well tear down Wrigley Field and move it to the suburbs.

The only one I really agree with is the "L" flag. The "W" flag is a cult favorite, but the "L" flag does nothing but let the world know the Cubs lost that day and considering they've been doing a lot of losing lately, that flag has probably had to be replaced multiple times over the past two seasons.

Sullivan brings up other things such as the phrase "Cubbies" and how that may be on its way out.

I can't imagine any of these things really has an impact on anything. Maybe some fans find them annoying. No doubt most Sox fans find just about everything on this list annoying, especially Steve Goodman's classic song.

But when I think culture change, I think more like taking pitches to extend the at-bat, not accepting excuses for mistakes, avoiding mental miscues. Not getting rid of some of the things that make going to a Cubs game so rewarding.

If Albert Pujols hits a home run into the bleachers and I'm lucky enough to catch the ball, I want the whole stadium yelling at me to "Throw it back!"

Ranking Cubs' legend Fergie Jenkins' 11 career Opening Day starts

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Ranking Cubs' legend Fergie Jenkins' 11 career Opening Day starts

Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins is tied for 10th all-time with 11 Opening Day starts for three teams, including a franchise-record seven for the Cubs (two each with the Rangers and Red Sox). He compiled a 2.58 ERA on Opening Day (compared to 3.35 the rest of the year).

Monday marks the anniversary of three of those starts, including his best one, and his last one. He faced six other future Hall of Famers along the way in those openers. Ranking those 11 starts:

Ranking Fergie Jenkins' 11 career Opening Day starts:

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Kris Bryant and wife Jessica take batting practice at home, with fun twist

Kris Bryant and wife Jessica take batting practice at home, with fun twist

The baseball season is on hold due to COVID-19, but Kris Bryant is still getting his work in.

Sunday, Bryant shared clips of him and his wife, Jessica, taking batting practice in their at-home cage. We know Bryant has a nice swing, but Jessica — who played high school softball — has quite the sweet stroke herself.

Not to be outdone, Bryant wraps up the post by showing a highlight of the home run he hit at the 2016 All-Star game.

Ah, sweet nostalgia.

The Bryant's son is due in the near future, so perhaps we'll get a look at all three in the cage in a couple of years. With an at-home facility, the kid is going to be a stud, right?

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