Writing About the Chicago Cubs and Looking at the Team’s Past
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My name is Aaron Maxwell, and yes, this is another Cubs blog. There’s a lot of good ones out there, but I had to throw my hat in the mix for more reasons then just interest in the team. I lived in Northern Michigan and we had a unique family. My dad grew up in the Detroit area and he’s a die hard Tigers fan. My brother always played catcher and his idol was Carlton Fisk so he grew up a White Sox fan and that included the usual dislike for the Cubs. Me? I wanted to annoy my brother and I grew up watching Cubs games on WGN so I grew to like the Cubs. My favorite player was Ryne Sandberg although I was still pretty young when 1984 happened.
In fact, my brother is also a blogger. He began writing about the White Sox last year (pretty timely) and you can check him out (and ridicule him) at his site, Black Sox Blog. So expect some banter back and forth.
So what’s with the name of the site. There’s a lot of reasons the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in almost 100 hundred years. The one common denominator has been their awesome stadium. Since moving into Wrigley Field in 1916, the Cubs haven’t won a World Series. Five times they made it to the World Series and all five times they lost.
The good news is, the curse is going to end soon. I’m convinced of it. Step one will be Dusty Baker leaving town. Now I’m not a rabid Dusty hater. In fact I appreciate the fact that he came closest to bringing us to the promised land in a long time. I just think his time here is about done. Once he’s gone, we can then move on and start filling this team with some quality hitters. Anytime you have a lineup that includes Juan Pierre, Neifi Perez and a young Ronny Cedeno, you know from the start you’re not going to score many runs.
There’s is hope though. Derek Lee is a guy you can build around and we should make some gains this year at the trade deadline. And then there’s some quality players in the minors so if we can combine that with some top notch free agent acquisitions, it shouldn’t take the Cubs long to get back to the top of the NL Central.
So I’ll be keeping my eye on that. Also, I’ll be writing about some Cubs history. If you stopped by brother’s site, you noticed he’s been doing a day by day diary of the 1906 White Sox. Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the Cubs first World Series, so I’ll be doing the same with the 1907 Cubs. You’ll learn about Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown, Frank Chance and Johnny Evers. Should be a fun look.
I threw up some Cubs links that I found but if I don’t have your site, please don’t be offended. It’s not that I don’t like, it’s just that I’ve never come across your site. So just drop me a line and I’ll be sure to add you.
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