It finally happened: Jon Lester does the unthinkable, picks off a runner at first base

It finally happened: Jon Lester does the unthinkable, picks off a runner at first base

It finally happened. 

In the fifth inning of Saturday's Cubs-Cardinals game at Wrigley Field, Jon Lester did the unthinkable and picked off a runner at first base.

After reaching base via a two-out walk, Tommy Pham took a huge lead at first.

The Cubs ace surprised everyone — including Pham — when he actually threw (lobbed, actually) the ball to Anthony Rizzo, who tagged the Cardinals outfielder out.

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Here's video proof:

"Anthony was really goading him along there to try to do it and he did it," Maddon said. "That’s pretty solid moving forward."

Cubs Talk Podcast: Top story lines for 2019


Cubs Talk Podcast: Top story lines for 2019

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the biggest storylines for the Cubs heading into the 2019 season.

01:00 - Predictions for the rest of the 2019 off-season

03:00 - Are the Cubs falling behind in the NL Central?

06:30 - The need for a veteran catcher to play behind Willson Contreras

08:00 - Lack of long-term contracts being handed out this off-season

10:30 - Will Kyle Schwarber reach his potential?

14:45 - What will David Bote's role be in 2019?

17:45 - Will the new coaching staff make a difference in 2019?

21:30 - Where does Ian Happ fit into the Cubs plan

25:00 - Will Joe ever settle on 3 outfielders to get almost all of the playing time?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Cubs Talk Podcast


NBC Sports Chicago to carry expanded, multi-platform 2019 Cubs Convention coverage


NBC Sports Chicago to carry expanded, multi-platform 2019 Cubs Convention coverage





5:00 PM -- Special edition of “SportsTalk Live” from Cubs Convention –

Hosted by David Kaplan, featuring NBC Sports Chicago Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull, a panel of Cubs experts, and Cubs players!


6:00 PM -- LIVE Cubs Convention “Opening Ceremonies” coverage –

Hosted by Kaplan, featuring Crull and additional Cubs experts, along with live interviews with numerous Cubs players, coaches, and front office execs!


7:30 PM -- Exclusively on Facebook Live -- “Friday Night with Ryan Dempster” –

Hosted by the former Cubs fan favorite featuring numerous interviews/variety show antics with current Cubs players!


NBC Sports Chicago live stream available 24/7 on and via the new “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app!


Complete Cubs Convention coverage throughout the weekend on’s ‘CubsTalk’ section via reports from Kaplan, Crull and Cubs digital reporter Tony Andracki,

which will include even more player/coaches/front office interviews, along with panel discussion highlights and much more!


Social media highlights on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to include the latest Convention news, live streaming segments, and special NBC Sports Chicago prize giveaway details! 



Chicago, IL (January 15, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #Authentic Fan - is ready to start up the highly-anticipated 2019 MLB season in a big way with expanded, live Opening Night multi-platform coverage of the “2019 Cubs Convention,” which will be held in downtown Chicago this weekend (January 18-20) at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.


On Friday, January 18 beginning at 5:00 PM CT, NBC Sports Chicago’s live coverage of the 2019 Cubs Convention begins with a special remote edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado, which will take place on the floor of the convention center.  This special edition of SportsTalk Live will feature host David Kaplan, along with NBC Sports Chicago Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull and a panel of Cubs experts discussing last year’s 95-win regular season and brief postseason run, all the off-season moves and acquisitions, along with the key factors needed to bring World Series title back to the northside in 2019.  In addition, special guest interviews with Cubs players are also scheduled during the one-hour show.


Then, at 6:00 PM, viewers can look forward to every thrill-packed moment of the convention’s Opening Ceremonies featuring live introductions of Cubs players/coaches/front office executives, video montages, and much more.  NBC Sports Chicago’s 2019 Cubs Convention Opening Ceremonies coverage will be hosted by Cubs Pre/Post Game Live host David Kaplan, featuring beat reporter Kelly Crull, along with live interviews with Cubs players, coaches, and team VIPs.  NOTE: NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the Opening Ceremonies will be available via live stream at and via the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app available on iOS and Android devices, at no cost, to fans anywhere in the U.S. and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.  In addition, coverage of the Opening Ceremonies can be accessed at NBC Sports Chicago’s “Facebook Live” page ( 


ALSO -- Fans are also in for a special treat at 7:30 PM as NBC Sports Chicago will provide fans with a “Facebook Live” ( exclusive presentation of Friday Night with Ryan Dempster, a Cubs Convention primetime special featuring the animated former Cubs fan favorite hosting his own talk/variety show showcasing Cubs players/coaches/front office execs in this fun and entertaining live event. 


Throughout the weekend, fans can look forward to even more comprehensive Cubs Convention coverage on’s CubsTalk section ( featuring additional players/coaches/front office executive interviews, feature stories, fan reaction, photos, videos and much more provided via Kaplan (@thekapman), Crull (@Kelly_Crull), Cubs digital baseball reporter Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23), along the NBC Sports Chicago team of behind-the-scenes Cubs experts (@NBCSCubs). 


From a social media standpoint, NBC Sports Chicago will also deliver a number of additional on-site Facebook Live ( interviews and special segments throughout the weekend, along with numerous Cubs Convention “Sights & Sounds” highlights via ‘NBCSChicago’ on Instagram and Instagram Stories. 


Plus, Cubs fans can look forward to a brand new “CubsTalk” Podcast presented by Wintrust featuring the hottest Cubs Convention topics and special guest interviews. 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.


Fans attending Cubs Convention this weekend can also stop by NBC Sports Chicago’s “Authentic Fan” booth, which will feature a number of special “Authentic Fan” Cubs-themed giveaways including knit winter hats, recyclable tote bags, team flags, stickers and much more (while supplies last).  Plus, fans can are urged to utilize the social media hashtag #AuthenticFan throughout the weekend as a number of lucky fans will be “authentically surprised” with special Cubs giveaways and experiences. NBC Sports Chicago’s dedicated Cubs Twitter handle (@NBCSCubs) will also provide up-to-the-minute NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan” booth activities throughout the weekend.