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Of course, the Cubs suck. 


Norman Rockwell knew they sucked. 

Everyone outside of Chicago knows they suck. 

Actually, everyone outside of the Chicago northside knows that they suck. 

Come to think of it, even Cubs fans know they suck; just look at their faces in the Rockwell painting.

The Cubs especially suck when compared to the Cardinals.

World Championships

Did you know that the Cubs and Cardinals have played each other three times for the baseball world championship?  They have, back in 1876, 1885 and 1886.  The Cubs were then known as the--believe it or not--Chicago White Stockings, and the Cardinals were called the St. Louis Brown Stockings. 

In 1876, the top two teams in the National Leauge, the Brown Stockings/Cardinals and the White Stockings/Cubs, played five additional games to determine the "Championship of the West."  St. Louis won four games to one. 

In the 1880s, baseball had two major leagues, the National League, of which the White Stockings/Cubs were a part, and the American Association, in which the Brown Stockings/Cardinals played.  The championship series between those leagues was then known as the "World's Championship Series."  The Cardinals, as you'd probably expect, defeated the Cubs both times.

But that's ancient history; then again, so is 1908.  However, if you want to compare both teams' World Championships, you have to consider baseball's earliest years, because the Chicago Cubs have not won one since then.  Here's how it breaks out:

Cubs' World Championships: Three total - 1882, 1907, 1908

Cardinals' World Championships:  Thirteen total - 1876, 1885, 1886, 1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1982, 2006

The Cubs, though, do hold two impressive World Series records:

Longest World Series Championship Drought Ever - 100 years
Longest Current World Series Championship Drought - 100 years
League Championships

The Cubs have fared just a little better in winning league championship pennants, having a few good runs well over 60 years ago, but nothing since.  Of course, they still come up short of the Cardinals again.

Cubs' League Championships:  16 total - 1876, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1885, 1886, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, 1945

Cardinals' League Championships:  21 total - 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1926,
1928, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1982, 1985, 1987, 2004, 2006

Guess which major league team holds the current League Championship drought records.  Yep, the Cubs:

Longest League Championship Drought Ever - 62 years
Longest Current League Championship Drought - 62 years

Memorable Moments in Cubs History


1871
In the first year of the White Stockings' (remember, that was the Cubs' original name) existance, fire destroys its Union Base-Ball Grounds as well as all of the team's uniforms and equipment.  The team played a couple of more games appearing "in suits of various hues and makes, ludicrous to the extreme," until it went completely broke and dropped out of baseball for two years.
1874
Chicago plays its first game against a St. Louis team, the Brown Stockings, whose name will later be purchased by Chris von der Ahe and eventually changed to the Cardinals.  An overflow crowd at Grand Avenue Park (later to be known as Sportsman's Park and Busch Stadium) watches St. Louis win 4-3.  
1874 The Tribune reports, "For the first time in the history of baseball in Chicago, the national game has been disgraced by a palpable and unbelievable fraud." Rumblings about the team's underworld gambling connections began after a mid-season game with the New York Mutuals when the New York Times reported that the White Stockings' pitcher "was wonderfully and woefully wild in his delivery of the ball and persisted in putting it clear over the catcher's head. . . . Chicago played disgracefully; they not only did not hold the ball, but acted as if they would just as soon muff it as not." The final score was New York 38 - Chicago 1.  Subsequent thrown games against New York and Philadelphia created a hostile atmosphere for the players who required police protection during games from assaults by fans and gamblers.  
1875 Chicago fans begin their long-standing, love-hate relationship with the the future Cubs, bestowing three nicknames upon the team that reflect both the White Stockings' poor play and their illicit activities, "The Bragging Professionals," "Malone's Muffers," and "Gassette's Gang." Newspaper articles report, "the public treat the nine so that no man of any self-respect can hold a position on it. . . . for if they win they are good fellows, but if they lose thay are muffers and rascals.  They are abused without stint unless they conquer every foe. . . ."
1875 The Chicago police lead home-town fans in a physical assault on the St. Louis Brown Stockings' Vice-President and his entourage. During the follow-on trip to St. Louis, the White Stockings expected Chicago-style violence in retaliation but were relieved to find that they were only subjected to "disgraceful and scurrilous remarks," especially following a triple play when two Chicago players became confused after a swinging third strike and were tagged out at the plate trying to steal home. 
1876
Chicago loses the first professional baseball championship ever to be played as the team is defeated by St. Louis four games to one.  St. Louis is crowned the Champion of the West.
1879 The Cincinnati Red Stockings refuse to continue a game in Chicago until unruly and violent outfield fans are brought under control. Once they are, play continues, and Cincinnati wins 9-8.
1883
Led by their manager and star first baseman, Cap Anson, the White Stockings refuse to take the field against Toledo because the Blue Stockings have a mixed-race player, Moses Fleetwood Walker, in the line-up.  Cap Anson, by the way, holds the major league record for most total errors ever committed by a first baseman.  Also, Anson never did get over 3,000 hits; 60 of his "hits" in the 1887 season were actually "bases on balls."
1885
Led by Charlie Comiskey, St. Louis defeats Chicago in the World's Championship Series.
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1885
A.J. Spalding, the White Stocking's owner, hires a stable of detectives to report upon the nefarious activities of many of the team's players including King Kelly, Ned Williamson, Silver Flint, and Billy Sunday.
1886St. Louis again defeats Chicago in the World's Championship Series.
1887
The White Stockings once more refuse to take the field against an integrated team, this time, the Newark Little Giants.  Unbeknownst to the White Stockings when they initially signed the contract to play the game, the Little Giants starting pitcher, George Stovey, was a black man.  Cap Anson minces no words and screams in a rage, "Get that nigger off the field!"  Stovey does not play, the major league color-line is drawn, and Cap Anson becomes forever known as "The Father of Segregated Baseball."
1888
During the the White Stocking's World Tour of 1888-1889, the team takes along a "mascot," Clarance Duval, a black youngster who wore funny hats, twirled a baton, and sang "coon songs" to entertain both the players and the spectators. While cruising through the Indian Ocean, the ship's crew spotted a 15-foot man-eating shark just off the ship's bow. Deciding to catch the fish, the crew began to prepare a stout rope with a large hook on the end. Much to Duval's terror, Cap Anson immediately attempted to convince both team and crew to use the young man as shark bait, and Anson had to be restrained from tossing the little fellow overboard.  
1900
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1902
After first being promised and then swindled out of part-ownership of the franchise by A. J. Spalding, Cap Anson figuratively stabs Spalding in the back by assisting Charlie Comiskey, the team's ex-Cardinal nemisis from the 1885 and 1886 World Championships, in establishing an American League team in Chicago and stealing the name, White Stockings or White Sox.  Recognizing Anson's abandonment of his old team, the newpapers quickly nicknamed the northsiders the Orphans, which was soon changed to the Spuds.  In 1902, a newpaper man was consistently unable to fit Spuds into his allotted headline space and arbitrarily renamed the the team as the Cubs.
1903
James Hart, the Cubs President, makes public allegations that his club's post-season series with the White Sox in 1903 for the Championship of Chicago had been fixed by Cubs players, who had been bought by gamblers.
1906
The White Sox defeat the Cubs in the World Series.
1917
On 2 May, Cubs pitcher, Hippo Vaughn, throws a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds.  Unfortunately, the Red's pitcher, Fred Torey, also throws a no-hitter, and the Cubs lose the ballgame 1-0.
1918
Sportswriter Hugh Fullerton, the newspaper man who was later to unravel the Black Sox scandal of 1919, discovers and reports that the heavily favored Cubs intentionally threw the 1918 World Series to the Red Sox, but his evidence was ignored, and the developing scandal was overwhelmed by war news from Europe.  However, two Cubs stars, Shufflin' Phil Douglas and Claude Hendrix, were eventually forced out of baseball for cheating.
1920
Cubs players are caught attempting to fix a game against the last place Philadelphia Phillies.  Pitcher Claude Hendrix, the ringleader, was never allowed to play again.
1926
Cubs give up on starting pitcher, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and trade him to the Cardinals.  In his first game with the Cardinals, Alexander pitches a four-hit victory over the Cubs.  Later that year, Alexander becomes the Cardinals' World Series hero when after beating the Yankees in Game 6, he returns in Game 7 to strike out Lazzeri with the bases full and win the series for St. Louis.  The following year Alexander wins 21 games for the Cardinals.
1929
After leading by seven runs, the Cubs give up ten runs in one inning and lose Game 4 of the World Series to the Philadelphia Athletics when outfielder, Hack Wilson, loses sight of Mule Haas's routine fly ball and lets it roll all the way to the fence, turning into an inside-the-park three run homer.
1932
After suffering through incessant abuse from Cubs fans (and the Cubs' dugout too) during Game 3 of the World Series, Babe Ruth has finally had enough of Chicago and points to centerfield.  As he does, the Cubs fans begin to boo and continue to boo until the Bambino hits the next pitch over the fence for a home run.  Ruth's "called shot" silences the ballpark.
1938
After watching Cardinal's star pitcher, Dizzy Dean, dominate the league throughout the 1930s, owner P.K. Wrigley insists he be purchased from St. Louis "at any cost" to bolster the Cubs World Series chances.  After the Cubs pay St. Louis the then unheard of price of $185,000, Dizzy loses Game 2 of the series against the Yankees.  The following year Dean's record was 6-4; in 1940 it was 3-3; and he was out of baseball by 1941. 
1945
The heavily favored Cubs welcome a flamboyant local tavern owner, Sam Siannis, to parade around the field before Game 4 of the World Series with his pet goat, which is wearing a blanket sign reading, "We've got Detroit's goat."  Following the spectacle, P. K. Wrigley then refuses to allow Siannis and his goat to occupy the two box seats for which he has already purchased tickets.  "The goat stinks," Wrigley allegedly says as he has Siannis and his pet ejected from the ballpark.  As Siannis leaves, he curses the Cubs from ever playing in another World Series as long as Wrigley Field is their home.  Later after the Cubs lose the series, Siannis sends Wrigley a short note, "Who stinks now?"
1949
On 30 April 1949, the Cardinals' rookie first baseman, Rocky Bridges, pops a short flyball into left field.  The Cubs left fielder, Andy Patko, dives for the ball, trapping it against the turf.  Umpire Al Barlick immediately rules that there was no out and that the ball remains in play.  Patko, claiming that he had made the catch, demonstrates how the ball had been caught snugly in his glove while arguing his case with Barlick.  Bridges, meanwhile, circles the bases for an inside-the-park homerun as all of the Cubs concentrate on the confrontation in left field.
1954

Cubs manager, Phil Cavarretta, becomes the first major league manager ever fired during Spring Training when he honestly answers P.K. Wrigley's questions about the team's chances of winning the pennant.  "Defeatist attitude," Wrigley later explains.  The Cubs finish the season in seventh place in the eight team league.
1959
On 30 June, Stan Musial walks on a wild pitch and attempts to advance when he realizes that the Cubs can't find the ball.  Some how, two Cubs players finally locate two different baseballs, and both throw them to a confused second baseman.  St. Louis wins the game 4-1.
1961
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1962
Emphazing that "Managers are expendable," owner P.K. Wrigley employs a revolutionary strategy in which the Cubs are directed by a committee of four men--known as the College of Coaches--who collectively make on-field decisions for the team. The College compiled a 64-90 record in 1961. In 1962, it was even worse.  Led by Ernie Banks, Billie Williams, and Ron Santo, the Cubs finished dead last with a record of 59-103, 42.5 games out of first place.
1964
The Cubs give up on their young outfielder, Lou Brock, and trade him to the Cardinals for pitcher, Ernie Broglio.  Brock bats .348 for the Cardinals during the remainder of the year, steals 38 bases, and plays a significant role in the Cardinals World Series victory over the Yankees.  Brock goes on to star for the Cardinals until his retirement in 1979.  Broglio compiles a 7-19 record for the Cubs over the next four years and is out of baseball by 1967.
1965
On 9 Sep 1965, Cubs pitcher, Bob Hendley, throws a one-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Unfortunately for Cubs fans, Sandy Koufax pitches a perfect game, and the Cubs lose 1-0.
1964
On 13 Sep 1964, Cubs fans are treated to a rare feat in which one team, the Cardinals, score at least one run in every inning of a nine-inning game as they defeat the Cubs by a score of 15-2 at Wrigley Field.
1967
Cubs complete their 20th consecutive year of finishing in the bottom half of the league standings.
1969
After leading New York by 9.5 games in mid-August, the Cubs are facing the Mets in Shea Stadium when a black cat enters the field, saunters in front of the Cubs dugout, and calmly circles third baseman, Ron Santo, who is standing in the on deck circle.  The Cubs lose the game and begin a late season collapse, eventually finishing 8 games out of first.
1971
On 24 August, Ernie Banks hits his final career home run, #512, in yet another futile Cubs loss.  Banks, the greatest Cub player of all-time, plays his entire 18-year major league career with the Cubs and never makes it into post-season play.  On 31 Mar 2008, in typical Cubs fashion, the team unveils a statue of their hero only to discover at the ceremony that the inscription on its base contains a grammatical error.
1976
Dave Kingman of the New York Mets hits a screeching rocket home run that lands 550 feet from home plate on a third-story porch roof on the east side of Kenmore Avenue.
1976
After leading the Phillies 13-2 after four innings, the Cubs give up 16 runs and lose the game 18-16.
1979
The Phillies' Mike Schmidt hits a home run in the 10th inning to beat the Cubs 23-22.
1980
Cubs trade Bruce Sutter, the best relief pitcher in the National League, to St. Louis for Ken Reitz and Leon Durham.  Sutter helps lead St. Louis to a World Championship in 1982 and a National League Pennant in 1985.  Reitz never plays a game for the Cubs, and drug problems prevent Leon Durham from realizing his full potential.
1983
Following a season and a half of abysmal attendance and constant fan abuse of the team (especially from the bleachers), Cubs Manager Lee Elia discusses Cubs fans during a press conference. (Please cover your kiddies' ears. You have time, it will take a while to download.)
1984
After going up two games to none in the best of five National League Championship Series, the Cubs collapse completely. Leon Durham commits a between-the-legs error that loses Game 5 and earns him the undying hatred of Cubs fans for all time.
1986
A young woman walking near "the friendly confines" of Wrigley Field is abducted, raped, mutilated, raped again, and murdered.
1995
On 28 September, Cubs pitcher, Randy Myers, is attacked on the mound by a 27-year old Cubs fan who ran onto the playing field because he was disturbed by Myers' performance. 
1999
Cubs fans establish a Wrigley tradition when they litter the field with trash and garbage and throw bottles at Colorado players after a controversial call in a 6-1 loss to the Rockies.  A Jack Daniels bottle narrowly misses centerfielder, Darryl Hamilton.  While throwing trash, garbage, and bottles had occassionally happened at Wrigley before, it now becomes a regular occurance following many, if not all, arguable calls.
1999
The Cubs initiate a Macho Men game night tribute to the disco years and current Cub stars dress up as their favorite Village People to promote the event in newspaper ads.  You have to view a larger version of this ad to really appreciate it, so click on the image.
2000
On 16 May, Cubs fans assault Dodgers' catcher, Chad Kreuter, striking him in the back and stealing his baseball cap. Krueter and teammates chased the fans into the stands and recovered the hat.  Several Cubs fans ended up bruised and in jail.
2001
Wrigley Field comes in second place in a local poll to determine the "Best Place to Be Seen" in all of Chicago.  Of course, actually watching a ballgame or--God forbid, understanding what was going on--didn't enter into the award consideration, since those things aren't important to about half the folks at Wrigley on any given day.  Bring on the Old Styles; we can have a "Right Field Sucks - Left Field Sucks" contest in the bleachers; no, let's just check out the babes; or we can take off our clothes and run onto the field.  Party on, Garth.
2003
On 15 April, a Cubs fan who had spent the afternoon getting drunk in the Wrigley bleachers attends a White Sox game later that evening where he jumps onto the field and assaults first base umpire, Laz Diaz.  The man's girlfriend later told the press that she couldn't understand why her boyfriend was at a Sox game since he was a true-blue Cubbie fan.
2003
Leading three games to two at Wrigley Field in the National League Championship Series, the Cubs enter the eighth inning against the Marlins leading 3-0.  The Marlin's lead off with a double, and then the second batter pops a lazy fly off third base.  The ball drifts just into the first row of the stands but left fielder Moises Alou still has a play.  He jumps, reaching for the ball, but Steve Bartman gets to it first, and all Alou can do is throw a minor tantrum.  That play so rattled the Cubs pitcher, Mark Prior, that he gave up three quick runs.  By the time the inning was over, the Marlins led 8-3, and Bartman had to be escorted through a hail of garbage, bottles, trash, and obscenities by security guards who feared for his life.  Cubs fans posted Bartman's name and personal information on their fan message boards within minutes of the incident, prompting Governor Rod Blagojevich to recommend that Bartman voluntarily join the Illinois Witness Protection Program for his safety.  Oh, the Cubs then dropped the next two games and the series, four games to three.
2004
Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa is ejected from a game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays when his corked bat explodes as he hits a ground ball to second base.  Sosa later explains that he didn't know how he happened to pick a corked bat from the rack.  Later in the year, Sosa ends up on the Disabled List after injuring himself by sneezing in the dugout.
2004
Losing his cool over his poor performance in the first inning, Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano intentionally hits Cardinal outfielder Jim Edmonds to load the bases.  In his very next at bat, Edmonds launches a Zambrano fastball deep into the the Wrigley outfield seats.  As Carlos goes bonkers on the mound screaming at Edmonds, Jimmy slowly trots around the bases enjoying Zambrano's agitation.  Later, after Scott Rolen has slammed another blast into the bleacher seats, Zambrano completely flips out and is finally ejected from the game by the umpires after intentionally hitting Jim Edmonds on the very next pitch.
2004
Cubs and their fans celebrate the team's first back-to-back winning seasons in 32 years.
2005
Two Cubs fans murder a White Sox fan after a day game just outside of Wrigley Field near the Cubby Bear Bar in the heart of Wrigleyville.  After nearly running over the man in their SUV, the Cubs fans got out of their car and began to assault him.  When the man struck back with a small minature souvenir bat he had bought the game, one of the Cubs fans fatally shot him.
2005
Wrigley Field helps the White Sox celebrate bringing a World Series Championship to the city of Chicago as the Cubs drought stretches to 97 years and counting.
2006
On 16 May, a drunken Wrigley bleacher bum attempts to smash the face of outfielder, Jacques Jones, who had been struggling at the plate and on the basepaths.  The fan waited until Jones had turned his head and then fired a baseball directly at Jacques' face, barely missing him and avoiding severe injury.  What was the bleacher fan doing with a baseball.  In Wrigley, bleacher fans bring cheap baseballs from home into the park.  Then when someone from an opposing team hits a home run, the fan who catches it pretends to throw it back on the field.  Actually, the bleacher fans usually keep the homerun balls, and throw the cheap baseballs that they brought into the park onto the filed instead.
2007
The Cubs begin their 99th year without winning a World Championship, the longest such drought ever in any sport.  But this year, incensed by the Cardinal's 2006 World Series Championship, the team vows it will buy a championship by signing on to $296,000,000 in free agent contracts before the season starts and renewing Carlos Zambrano's contract for $91,000,000. 
2007
Cubs "ace" pitcher, Carlos Zambrano, having a rough beginning to his year with a 5-5 record and 5.62 ERA, again goes wacko in the dugout during a game after giving up five runs in a loss to Atlanta.  After Cubs catcher Michael Barrett allows a run to score on a passed ball and throwing error into left field, Zambrano sucker punches Barrett in the Cubs dugout in full view of the fans and tv cameras.
2007
Goat Sacrifice at WrigleyAfter the Cubs capture first place in the Central Division with a paltry 85 wins, Chicago fans go wild and kill a goat, hanging it from the Harry Caray statue at Wrigley Field in preparation for Game 1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Police arrive too late to save the goat, and no one is charged with any crime.  When the goat sacrifice doesn't work, and the Diamondbacks take a 1-0 lead in the series, Cub fans come prepared the next night for Game 2, bringing a flashing neon sign with which they attempt to distract the Diamondback pitcher from behind homeplate.  Cubs again loose.  For Game 3 at Wrigley, nearly 100% of the Cubs fans wear their baseball caps turned inside-out and upside-down in some odd belief that this will inspire their team to victory.  It doesn't.  Cubs lose again as the Diamondbacks sweep the series and celebrate on the Wrigley infield.
2008
Marty BrennaminDuring an early season game against the Cincinnati Reds, drunken Cubs fans litter the playing field with nearly twenty baseballs (that they had brought from home) following an Adam Dunn home run.  Hall of Fame broadcaster, Marty Brennamin, was calling the game on WLW and could no longer contain his disgust for Cubs fans, "This is the kind of thing, quite honestly, right now, that makes you want to see the Chicago Cubs team lose. Among all baseball fans . . . far and away the most obnoxious fans in baseball, in this league, are those who follow this team right here."  The next day, during a confrontational interview on a Chicago sports radio station, Brennamin further endears himself to Cubs fans when he compares them to fans of the Cardinals, "Cardinals fans are hands down the best in baseball. They respect the game. They don't go to the game to do stupid stuff."
2008
Fukudome T-ShirtCubs fans welcome the team's first Japanese player, Kosuke Fukudome, by making a "racist" t-shirt the number one best selling souvenir at Wrigley field.  As noted in the Sun-Times, the shirt shows the "traditional Cubs cartoon bear face but with slanted eyes and wearing oversized Harry Caray-style glasses. It's accompanied by the words 'Horry Kow,' scrawled in cartoonish 'Japanese' script. Fukudome's name and number are on the back."  The paper goes on to lament that the shirt "sends a raw, vulgar message about Fukudome's new hometown. . . . [and] feeds . . . the stereotype [an accurate one, by the way] of the obnoxious, profane, drunken, booing, garbage-throwing Cubs fan."  Through an interpreter, Fukudome expressed a sad resignation about the shirt, noting that "I expected something like this. . . .  But if I make a big deal out of it, it's not going to benefit me, so I'm not going to make a big deal of it.''
2008
In late July, three Cubs fans attack a White Sox fan who is attending his niece's birthday party.  They beat the poor fellow senseless because they claimed, he had a full set of teeth and White Sox fans are supposed to be toothless.  While the White Sox fan was down, at least one of the Cubs fans kicked and stomped his face with steel-toed boots [no doubt a clothing choice of many sophisticated Cub fans] until his cheek bones were shattered and he had lost an eye.  The Cubs fans were arrested and charged with mob action and aggravated battery.
2008
In a late July ballgame, Ryne Sandberg's minor league Cubs team, the Peoria Chiefs, launch an all-out assault on the Dayton Dragons and their fans.  After pitcher, Julio Castillo, is ejected from the game for intentionally hitting two Dragon batters, including one in the head, Sandberg's principal coach and assistant manager physically attacks the unwary Dragon's manager.  In the melee that ensues, Julio Castillo demonstrates that he is better suited to be a Cubs fan than a Cubs ballplayer when he fires a baseball point blank into the head of a seated fan who required hospitalization.  Castillo was subsequently arrested and charged with felonious assault.  The following week, the Cubs honor Sanderg and the Peoria franchise by allowing them to play at Wrigley Field.  No comment was forthcoming from Ryne Sandberg while at Wrigley other than to bemoan the fact that he had missed the game against the Dragons and to claim the fight would not have occured had he been present to manage his team.
2008
Following a game against the Brewers at Miller Park on 30 Jul 08, Cubs fans begin throwing beer bottles at Brewers fans from the window of a chartered tour bus in a stadium parking lot.  When one Brewer fan responds by tossing a Red Bull can at the side of the bus, the driver stops to let a group of Cubs fans off to chase down and assault the Brewer fan.  Two Cubs fans are subsequently arrested and charged with substanial battery.  The severely injured Brewer fan required facial surgery.  One of the Cub fans was also charged with disorderly conduct, assault and battery, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with his attack on a women at the scene. 
2008
The day after Carlos Zambrano, the Cubs ace pitcher, brags to the press about his bizarre good-luck pre-game ritual of pounding infielder Mike Fontenot's head with his fist and then carrying him piggy-back through the dugout, Cardinal batters, in turn, pound Zambrano at the plate.  Zambrano, gives up 9 earned runs (including 4 home runs) in four innings before being pulled in an August game at Wrigley Field.  The Big Z's ERA jumps from 2.76 to 3.32, and the Cardinals win the game 12-3.  It is unreported what, if any, damage Zambrano did to gatorade containers, equipment, walls, Mike Fontenot, or other teammates in route to the showers.  Zambrano ends the regular season by refusing to pitch in his last scheduled game after giving up 13 earned runs over 6 innings in his previous two starts.
2008
Ron Santo Enjoying the GameInspired by the insanely optimistic boosterism of Cubs announcer Ron Santo, fans again obnoxiously proclaim with unrealistic certainty that their team will win a World Series championship as they begin post season play.  Manager Lou Piniella is in an arrogant mood too, enjoying his team's "swagger."  "It [makes] me feel good. . . .  That's what you want," he tells the press.  Cubs Chairman, Crane Kennedy, however is not so certain, so he hires the Reverend Father James L. Greanias, a Greek Orthodox priest, to visit Wrigley Field before game one and sprinkle the place with holy water to break the remnants of any possible curses.  Unfortunately for the Cubs, neither prayers nor swagger win ballgames, and once more, Cubs fans' hopes are destroyed as the Dodgers crush the Cubbies in the first two games of the series at Wrigley.  After Piniella tagged Ryan Dempster--who had predicted a Worlds Series championship for the Cubs the first day of Spring Training--to be the first game starting pitcher, the Dodger whacked him for 7 runs.  The following night, Carlos Zambrano held true to his late season form and gave up 6 runs early. His loss, however, was in part due to horrendous fielding by the error-prone Cubs infield.  By the middle of the second game, the Cubs fans had turned on their team, and boos began to thunder from the stands.  Two days later at Dodger Stadium, the Cubs meekly went down to defeat in the third and final game of the series by the score of 3-1 (as Alfonso Soriano struck out swinging at pitch in the dirt), having lost their 9th consecutive playoff game. "Noooooooooo," wailed Ron.  So much for Dempster's prediction, Piniella's swagger, and Kennedy's holy water. Immediately following their third loss, the Cubs players destroyed the visiting dugout, and in keeping with Cubs culture, General Manager Jim Hendry offered no apologies. "To me, that is not even an issue," Hendry said. The next day, Cubs fans erected a makeshift Loser Shrine outside of Wrigley Field.
2009The Cubs begin their 101st year without winning a championship, and at the abominable Harry Cary statue that sits outside Wrigley field, Cubs fans once more sacrifice a goat, resurrecting a tradition they began during the 2007 post-season.  This time, however, the Sun-Times reports that unlike 2007, only the goat's head was hung from one of Harry's outstretched arms.  Truly astounding!  Truly futile.
2009Reflecting upon baseball's annual Jackie Robinson appreciation day, the Sun-Times brands Wrigley Field as the "unfriendly confines," noting that "crowds at Wrigley . . . are considered among the worst by African- American players for [their] racist element. . . ." The paper goes on to recount a laundry list of recent Cubs who have endured racist threats and taunts from their "fans:" Jacques Jones, LaTroy Hawkins, Dusty Baker, Derrek Lee, Alphonso Soriano, and other players who asked not to be identified.
2009On 27 June, the Cubs set what is believed to be a seasonal major league record for attacking Gatorade dispensers.  After a bad at bat in the sixth inning, the Cubs latest off-season "superstar" acquisition who was sure to bring them a World Series championship, Milton Bradley, became the fourth Cub to do so in 2009 following Carlos Zambrano (who took a bat to one earlier in the year), Ryan Dempster (who tried to destroy one with his hands), and Carlos Marmol (who threw one across the dugout).  After shattering his batting helmet and tossing the Gatorade container ala Marmol, Bradley "mumbled" some uncomplimenatry comments about the team as he stomped into the clubhouse where he was chased down and confronted by manager Lou Piniella, who--according to the Sun-Times--screamed, "You're not a player, you're a piece of shit!"   Piniella then ordered Bradley to take off his uniform and leave the ballpark. "He told me to get out of here, so I left," Bradley said. "Then he continued to yell at me some more."   On a side note, MLB.com noted that at the time of the incident, Bradley was leading the major leagues in broken batting helmets.  
Wrigley Field and Its Fans

"Wrigley Field is a bad ballpark!"
- Ferguson "Fergie" Jenkins, Chigaco Cubs Hall of Fame pitcher

"You wish that Chicago'd build a new stadium. . . ."
           
 - Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs "Ace"

"Cubs fans go there to party and drink and sing 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame.'  Then they don't give a crap about what happens the rest of the game.  They just want to look up and see who is singing during the seventh inning stretch.  As soon as the song is over, they get up and leave. . . .  Most Cubs fans just want to be on camera and take their shirts off and drink some beer.  
         
- Ozzie Guillen, the man who brought Chicago a Worlds Series Championship

"If they blew up Wrigley tomorrow, it wouldn't bother me at all. That ivy is nasty, . . . and they definitely have the most vulgar fans."

- Lance Berkman, Houston Astros future Hall of Fame outfielder

Wrigley Field - Busch Stadium Comparison
Wrigley Field
Busch Stadium

Arriving at Wrigley

Arriving at  Busch

Wrigley Facade

Busch Facade

Wrigley Statue

Busch Statues

Wrigley - Main Entrance

Busch - Main Entrance

Wrigley - Alternate Entrance

Busch - Alternate Entrance

Wrigley - Concourse

Busch - Concourse


Wrigley - Ramps
(nets protect fans from falling concrete)
Busch's Ramps

Wrigley - Stands

Busch - Stands

Wrigley - Club/Party Seating

Busch - Club/Party Seating

Wrigley Concession Stand

Busch Concession Stand

Wrigley Outfield Wall

Busch Outfield Wall (click on the picture)

Wrigley - Scoreboard

Busch - 1 of 2 Main Scoreboards 

Wrigley - Upgraded Restrooms

Busch - Old Restrooms 

Wrigley - Skyline

Busch - Skyline 

Wrigley - Ronny Woo Woo

Busch - Fredbird



Wrigley - Old Style


Busch - Budweiser (click on the picture)


Wrigley - Cool Weather Apparel

Busch - Cool Weather Apparel

Wrigley - Warm Weather Apparel

Busch - Warm Weather Apparel

Wrigley - Loser Flag

Busch - Pennants

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