Cubs Crossings got its’ start as a single page from my ‘Groovy blog’ on WordPress where ‘Groovy’ is still ‘groovy’ as TheDaveological Society.
The first chosen name for this blog was ‘Cubs Corners’ however, I saw that might be taken so, I settled on ‘Cubs Crossings’ highlighting, Waveland & Sheffield, and Clark & Addison depicting the street crossings all Cubs fans have to use, to get to Wrigley Field.
Cubs Crossings is all about a Cubs fan stranded in Idaho who, has been without the Cubs on TV/Radio for quite awhile since, our cable provider dropped, WGN a few years, ago.
All is once again, good with MLB-tv on my computer, and bandwidth mounting up but, at least I’ve got the Cubbies when I want them.
The Cubs Crossings Page Count developed and listed on the side-bar , includes, ‘Today’s Cubs Crossings’ which is, the main posting area, featuring my commentary.
‘Cubs Connections On The Internet’ includes more connections to the Cubs, and more baseball information on the web.
I am not a baseball analyst or, statistician but, I am a Cubs fan with an opinion. You’re welcome to throw me out at 1st if, your opinion differs from mine.
How I Became A Cubs Fan
There are a number of ways to become a Cubs fan, and my story begins with a childhood in Southern California, specifically in a Los Angeles suburb, as a Dodgers fan.
My introduction to Major League Baseball was by, my Father before my pre-teen years. The Dodgers were playing in the L.A. Coliseum, and sharing quarters with the L. A. Rams of the NFL.
I was a Dodgers fan, and much of it centered around the Dodgers’ pitching icon, Sandy Koufax.
My early Dodgers roster memories include: Wally Moon in left field. The LF boundaries, only 200+’ from home plate. The wall was an amazing structure running upwards about 200+’ (measurement literally 42 feet, and it really wasn’t a wall. It was, a tarp) to compensate for the short distance out.
At the same time it was over 400′ to right.
Brooklyn’s star Center-fielder, Duke Snider played for several years with the Dodgers in L.A., and Gil Hodges was at first base.
Change of locale within the confines of the Los Angeles area came for the Dodgers in the early 1960’s with Dodger Stadium built for Dodger Baseball where they reside, today.
The Dodgers’ biggest star is still there, and active with the team. That would be their ‘ace of the mic,’ Vin Scully who is by far without a doubt, the most polished, accomplished, professional spokesman any major league baseball team would be happy to have as their media captain.
Scully has a distinct voice, and the ability to paint moving pictures on the radio during non-televised games.
Scully recently returned to the Dodgers for the 2013 season, and his 63rd year of continuous employment.
Times changed, and the Dodger metrics of course, changed with the times. It just wasn’t the same team I could associate with my childhood.
Long removed from Southern California, Major League Baseball became a tv watchable item for me but, no favorites. Major League Baseball for me was whatever might be shown on the major TV networks.
Then, an unexpected experience with newly acquired cable service featuring WGN, Chicago.
I saw Harry Caray for the first time.
He was far different from Vin Scully who, paints movies on the radio with his voice. Scully called quite a game, and that’s really the point.
Although he has been a magnet for Dodger fans, Vin Scully makes the game of baseball an exciting experience.
Every game changer is a moment of excitement whether it was to the benefit of the Dodgers or the opposing team. A homerun is a homerun, and that is exciting when you’re listening to Vin Scully.
I know that had I stayed in the Southern California area with access to Vin Scully’s incredible descriptions of every game, with what seemed to be his knowledge of every blade of grass in every stadium, and his talent to masterfully paint a moving picture of how the ball moved across the field, there would have been no reason to listen to any other baseball game.
I do recall as far back as about age 10 , lying in bed at night, listening to Vin Scully’s artistic presentation of every game on KFI radio. It really did seem like I was watching the TV version of the game with my eyes closed.
Back then, local Dodger TV broadcasts were on KTTV-11 but, only when the Dodgers were on the road, and only at Candlestick Park in
As I told you, the scenario changed. I moved from Southern California years ago.
The Cubs announcer at the time I was able to watch baseball again with any regularity was, Harry Caray. He immediately gave me the impression that he just wanted to visit in the bleachers to converse about baseball, and particularly the Cubs.
It was as as if he had trouble understanding why, we weren’t conversing down a two way street. Let me put it, another way. Caray made me feel like he bought the first round, and he was perfectly willing to get the next as long as, we could be ‘baseball buddies.’
Something was taken from the game with Caray’s death. By that time, he pulled me in, and it didn’t seem to matter who would be the next Cubs announcer.
There was only one of a kind. Harry Caray was that one, and Vin Scully is the other one.
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9-29/2016 The following players are on a day to day watch for reactivation from DL: Chris Coghlan, Jorge Soler, and Jason Hammel who will miss his last regular season start on 9-30/2016
9-23/2016 Pedro Strop reactivated from DL.
9-10/2016 The Rangers selected RHP R. J. Alvarez on waivers after being designated for assignment by the Cubs 4 days earlier.
9-6/2016 Rondon returns to Pen from DL. Recalls from AAA - Iowa include, Albert Almora, Jr., Spencer Patton & Mumenori Kawasaki. The Cubs selected the contract of Tim Federowicz from Iowa. RHP - R. J. Alvarez designated for assignment.
9-4/2016 John Lackey activated from DL.
9-1/2016 Hector Rondon has been throwing some innings off the diamond, and in the Pen in prep for a return from the DL to the Bullpen. Current activations to the Cubs include: Chris Coghan, & Joe Smith. Jake Buchanan's contract also selected from AAA - Iowa.
MLB moves from 25 to 40 player rosters on 9-01/2016.
8-31/2016 Tommy LaStella recalled back to the Cubs, and scheduled for tonight's line-up. Spencer Patton optioned to Iowa.
8-18/2016 Rondon, Lackey to DL. Grimm reactivated to the Parent Squad.
8-16/2016 Tommy LaStella reports to AA for playing time pending a possible call up in September. Joe Smith, Chris Coghlan to DL. Pitcher, Spencer Patton got the call up.
8-9/2016 Jason Hammel off Bereavement List. Justin Grimm optioned to Iowa.
8-8/2016 Tommy LaStella has not reported to AAA - Iowa but, continues vigorous workouts.
8-5/2016 Jorge Soler reactivated from DL. Joe Nathan designated for assignment.
8-2/2016 Jason Hammel on Bereavement List. Justin Grimm recalled to Cubs Bullpen from AAA-Iowa.
8-1/2016 Cubs obtain RHP Joe Smith for the Bullpen from the Angels. MILB Pitcher Jesus Castillo traded to Angels.
8-1/2016 Brian Matusz designated for assignment, Spencer Patton back to Parent Club from AAA-Iowa.
7-30/2016 Starting Rotation pumped to 6 as Brian Matusz is moved up from AAA-Iowa. .Justin Grimm optioned to AAA Iowa.
7-28/2016 Chris Coghlin reactivated to Cubs. Tommy LaStella pushed to AAA-Iowa.
7-25/2016 Cubs trade with Yankees for Aroldis Chapman. Adam Warren is part of the contingent going to the Yankees. Top prospect, Infielder Gleyber Torres joined outfield prospects Billy McKinney, and Rashad Crawford traded to the Yankees from the Cubs Minor League System.
7-24/2016 Reliever, RHP Joe Nathan age 41 will be wearing a Cubs uniform after successful Tommy John rehab. Adam Warren will be optioned to Iowa.
7-22/2016 Dexter Fowler reactivated to Cubs line-up. Albert Almora, Jr. sent to AAA-Iowa
7-22/2016 Dan Vogelbach dealt from AAA-Iowa to the Seattle Mariners for Reliever LHP Mike Montgomery. The 4 player trade included 2 more players from the MILB system. The Cubs sent Paul Blackburn to the Mariners organization, and Jordan Pries comes to the Cubs from the Mariners.
RHP Spencer Patton optioned to Iowa.
7-20/2016 David Ross has returned from DL, this past home stand.
07-06/2016 David Ross on DL, Tommy LaStella re-activated to parent club from the DL, and Adam Warren sent back up to the Cubs, adding another pitcher to the starting rotation. Joel Peralta designated for assignment.
07-03/2016 Chris Coghlan to DL w/rib cage soreness. Jeimer Candelario moves up from AAA-Iowa.
06-21/2016 Clayton Richard to 15 Day DL. Adam Warren optioned to AAA-Iowa. Warren is expected to get the proper work to rejoin the Cubs in the starting rotation. RHP Spencer Patton, and LHP Gerardo Concepcion from AAA-Iowa fill spots in the Cubs bullpen.
06-20/2016 Fowler to DL with strained hamstring. RHP Carl Edwards Jr. gets the call up from AAA Iowa.
06-19/2016 Cubs feel good moment! Willson Contreras HR in 1st MLB at bat!
06-16/2016 Tim Federowicz designated for assignment as Wilson Contreras will join the Cubs from AAA Iowa.
06-10/2016 Tommy LaStella to 15 Day DL.
06-10/2016 Chris Coghlan returns to Cubs in trade for Arismendy Alcantara.
06-09/2016 Day off before 3 game series in Atlanta. All-Star balloting continues to put Cubs everywhere in San Diego for the 2016 All-Star Game.
06-06/2016 Jorge Soler to 15 day DL with hamstring strain. Albert Almora gets the move from AAA-Iowa to replace Soler.
05-14/2016 Miguel Montero completes DL rehab w/AAA - Iowa. Ryan Kalish returns to Iowa. Cubs w/3 Catchers on roster.
05-08/2016 Neil Ramirez returns to roster from Bereavement List. Spencer Patton moves back to Iowa.
05-05/2016 Heyward returns to line-up.
05-02/2016 Szczur to 15 Day DL w/pulled hamstring. Kalish up from Iowa.
05-02/2016 Jason Heyward off w/sore wrist.
05-01/2016 Good to see Bryant rweturn to today's starting line-up after swollen ankle concerns.
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