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Ricketts: Cubs arent leaving Wrigley Field


Ricketts: Cubs arent leaving Wrigley Field

MESA, Ariz. The Cubs arent moving to the South Side.

Chairman Tom Ricketts shot down rumors that the Cubs might shift their home games to U.S. Cellular Field for one season while their ancient ballpark gets renovated.

Theres no plans for us to play anywhere else but Wrigley Field, Ricketts said Friday at Fitch Park after speaking to the entire team.

All along, the Cubs have focused on renovating the stadium in phases, across three or four offseasons. While team executives continue to lobby government officials, the financing still hasnt been secured.

I think theres a lot of general interest in getting to something that works, Ricketts said, but were still not there yet.

Coming off a 91-loss season as well as the Theo Epstein hire Cubs people say the renewal rate for season tickets is well above 90 percent. Ricketts described it as off the charts.

Even without getting another name you could put on the marquee, like an Albert Pujols or a Prince Fielder. Since 2004, the Cubs have hit the three-million mark in attendance each season. Ricketts isnt concerned about how much box-office power is left.

I think once people see how this team plays, well be fine, he said. We know that the one thing that sells tickets is winning.

Winningest Illinois high school basketball coach Gene Pingatore dies

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Winningest Illinois high school basketball coach Gene Pingatore dies

Legendary high school basketball coach Gene Pingatore—the winningest coach in Illinois history—died on Wednesday night at the age of 83.

St. Joseph won two state championships (1999, 2015) under Pingatore, while also capturing six sectional championships during a high point from 1982 to 1988. During his tenure, Pingatore helped produce three McDonald’s All-Americans and led the Chargers to nine state appearances.

On February 11, 2017, Pingatore collected his 1,000th win—his overall record was 1035-383—and is still to this day the only Illinois high school basketball coach with over 900 wins. The legendary coach also helped guide some of the state’s greatest talents along their way to stellar careers. Among Pingatore’s star pupils are Indiana Hoosiers great Daryl Thomas, 2010 John R. Wooden Award winner Evan Turner and NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas.

He was also well known for his important role in the critically acclaimed “Hoop Dreams”, the 1994 documentary that followed high school athletes William Gates and Arthur Agee as they chased their dreams of being NBA players, while also dealing with the socio-economic difficulties of traveling from inner-city Chicago to Westchester, Illinois every day for school. According to the Sun-Times, Pingatore was coaching this past weekend at the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout. 

In his 50 years of coaching at St. Joseph, Pingatore made an indelible mark on many lives and the St. Joseph community at-large.

Kris Bryant jumping at thunder during a rain delay is pure comedy


Kris Bryant jumping at thunder during a rain delay is pure comedy

The Cubs-Braves game on Wednesday got delayed due to a thunderstorm that blew through Chicago.

It made for a pretty scene with a pink and orange sky during sunset that made way to rain clouds, thunder and lightning. Fox Sports South captured the footage of the Wrigley sky and then caught Kris Bryant jumping and then running in the dugout at the sound of thunder.

Even former MVPs can be scared of thunder.


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