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Podcast: Ranking the greatest Cubs of all-time

Podcast: Ranking the greatest Cubs of all-time

I distinctly remember the first time I went to see the Cubs play at Wrigley Field as a youngster.

My late father, Marshall, and my mother, Lila, took my brother, Bruce, and me to see the Cubs play the Atlanta Braves on a beautiful June day.

I can see the green grass and the ivy in all its glory and the Cubs going through their warmups before the game began. I was instantly captivated and hooked for life.

This was going to be my team.

Little did I know that at that moment, my life was about to be filled with a stunning amount of losing from my favorite team.

My brother was just as caught up in the emotion of that day. He picked the White Sox as his team and it began a lifelong rivalry, the memories of which he and I treasure to this day. Both of us have seen our team win a World Series when we both wondered if we would ever experience that glorious moment. Both of us have seen our share of amazing players and sensational moments.

On what would've been Ernie Banks' 87th birthday, here is my idea of The 10 Greatest Cubs of my lifetime:

10. Anthony Rizzo

9. Kris Bryant

8. Andre Dawson

7. Greg Maddux

6. Ron Santo

5. Sammy Sosa

4. Ryne Sandberg

3. Fergie Jenkins

2. Billy Williams

1. Ernie Banks

Who are the Top 5 Cubs of your lifetime? Where do guys like Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant fit in? And what will that list look 20 years from now, in 2038?

We debated on the latest CubsTalk Podcast

And here is everybody else's list of the Top 5 Cubs of their lifetime:

Kelly Crull

1. Ryne Sandberg
2. Andre Dawson
3. Greg Maddux
4. Bryzzo
5. Jake Arrieta

Tony Andracki

1. Sammy Sosa
2. Mark Grace
3. Derrek Lee 
4. Ryne Sandberg
5. Jake Arrieta

Jon Graff

1. Andre Dawson
2. Sammy Sosa
3. Greg Maddux
4. Ryne Sandberg
5. Bryzzo

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: