WBEZ | Cubs http://www.wbez.org/tags/cubs Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cheryl Raye Stout goes 1-on-1 with rookie sensation Kris Bryant http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-06/cheryl-raye-stout-goes-1-1-rookie-sensation-kris-bryant-113197 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/kris bryant ap file smaller.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Of the many young players on the Cubs this season, <a href="https://twitter.com/krisbryant_23">Kris Bryant</a> stands out. The former number-two pick in the draft made a huge impact in his first year...hitting 26 homers, 31 doubles, and knocking in 99 RBI&rsquo;s. Those numbers might be good enough to earn Bryant Rookie of the Year honors in the National League. And yesterday it was announced that Bryant has the top-selling jersey in all of baseball.</p><p>As the Cubs get ready for tomorrow&rsquo;s wildcard game against the Pirates for the right to face Saint Louis in the playoffs, Kris Bryant sat down with our sports contributor <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">Cheryl Raye Stout</a> to talk about playing for Joe Maddon, waking up early for day games at Wrigley, and making the transition to playing in the majors.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-06/cheryl-raye-stout-goes-1-1-rookie-sensation-kris-bryant-113197 Cheryl Raye Stout goes 1-on-1 with Cubs Jake Arrieta http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-05/cheryl-raye-stout-goes-1-1-cubs-jake-arrieta-113179 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/jake arrieta ap file.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It all comes down to Wednesday night in Pittsburgh: the play-off wildcard game between the Cubs and the Pirates. If the Cubs win, it&rsquo;s on to their rival the St. Louis Cardinals. Leading up to Wednesday&rsquo;s game, we&rsquo;re bringing you excerpts of extended interviews sports contributor <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Cheryl Raye Stout</a> did with some of the team&rsquo;s biggest stars.</p><p>Cheryl takes us one-on-one with pitcher Jake Arrieta. His teammate Jon Lester was the big name big money acquisition last winter, but Arrieta has had a breakout year worthy of the Cy Young award for the best pitcher in the National League. Here are some numbers: 20 wins and more than 200 strikeouts &mdash; he&rsquo;s only the 3rd Cub to do that since 1900.</p></p> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-05/cheryl-raye-stout-goes-1-1-cubs-jake-arrieta-113179 Morning Shift: September 28, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-28/morning-shift-september-28-2015-113086 <p><p>In just over a week, the Cubs will play a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-28/are-fans-allowing-themselves-get-excited-about-cubs-clinch-113085">one-off wild card</a> game against the Pirates. If they beat Pittsburgh, they move onto the Cardinals. But if you remember 1969, or 1984, or &lsquo;89, &lsquo;98, &lsquo;03, &lsquo;07, &lsquo;08...you know that the Cubs have a tough time in the post-season. We talk with listeners about whether they&#39;re keeping their enthusiasm in check or letting it all hang out.</p><p>We also speak with the producer of a new <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-28/new-documentary-focuses-black-panthers-113083">documentary about the Black Panther Party</a>. It revisits a moment in American history that included the killing of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton by Chicago police.</p><p>And we have a conversation with longtime Chicago stage actor <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-28/longtime-chicago-actor-stars-arthur-miller-play-price-113081">Mike Nussbaum</a>.</p></p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-28/morning-shift-september-28-2015-113086 Are fans allowing themselves to get excited about Cubs clinch? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-28/are-fans-allowing-themselves-get-excited-about-cubs-clinch-113085 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/cubs flickr Rob Pongsajapan.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For four years, Cubs President Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer have been trading, picking, buying, re-trading and stocking up on young talent. This year was supposed to be the year when the Wrigley faithful would finally see the team pull themselves out of the cellar and play halfway decent ball. But the Cubs defied expectations, and have secured a shot at playoffs.</p><p>The question is, with 107 years of frustration and disappointment on their minds...are Cubs fans excited about a one-game playoff? We hear from listeners. And WBEZ sports contributor <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Cheryl Raye Stout</a> joins us.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-28/are-fans-allowing-themselves-get-excited-about-cubs-clinch-113085 Bears perform as expected, Cubs close in on wild card http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-21/bears-perform-expected-cubs-close-wild-card-113008 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/cutler Mike Morbeck.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>You waited all week, you listened to three hours of pre-game and then you watched the game. And then you wondered if you could sue the Bears to get all those wasted hours of your life back.</p><p>Well, <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Cheryl Raye Stout</a> won&rsquo;t say &ldquo;I told ya so,&rdquo; but two games in, the Bears season is turning out about as bad as the experts predicted, and it could actually turn worse.</p></p> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-21/bears-perform-expected-cubs-close-wild-card-113008 Morning Shift: August 24, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-24/morning-shift-august-24-2015-112713 <p><p>For most guys, jeans and sneakers and a t-shirt and a hoodie are just what you throw on to run errands, or to hang out on the weekend. But some black men are ditching the comfort factor &mdash; and they say a little bit of themselves &mdash; to dress up when they go out because they say they&rsquo;re less likely to be targeted by the police. We talk about the concept of Black Armor. Plus, fantasy sports has gone micro...and we find out why TV networks and professional sports leagues are dumping a ton of money behind the concept. A new play sheds light on the Chicago mob&rsquo;s involvement in the JFK assassination. The Cubs just keep rolling. Cheryl Raye Stout takes us out to the Friendly Confines. And we talk to one of the speakers at this weekend&#39;s SlutWalk in Chicago.</p></p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-24/morning-shift-august-24-2015-112713 Cubs are closing in on the Wild Card http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-24/cubs-are-closing-wild-card-112711 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/cubs Ron Cogswell.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Cubs are six games ahead of the San Francisco Giants for the final National League wild card spot after sweeping Atlanta at a raucous Wrigley Field over the weekend. For Cubs&rsquo; fans, it&rsquo;s pretty amazing to watch...WBEZ sports contributor CRS joins us to talk about their winning ways.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-24/cubs-are-closing-wild-card-112711 Recap of Chicago's sports weekend http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-17/recap-chicagos-sports-weekend-112664 <p><p>It was an interesting weekend for Chicago sports. When we last left the crosstown classic, the Sox took 2 of 3. The Cubs though, have been tearing things up and came in to the series winners of 13 out of the last 14 games. The Sox on the other hand, have been up and down, losing 2 of 3 to the Rays and Yanks, they were swept by Kansas City before sweeping Anaheim. WBEZ&rsquo;s sports contributor Cheryl Raye Stout joins us with more on the weekend in sports. (Photo:&nbsp;Flickr/Mike Walker)</p></p> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-17/recap-chicagos-sports-weekend-112664 Morning Shift: August 10, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-10/morning-shift-august-10-2015-112612 <p><p>It has been one year since the death of Ferguson , Mo. resident Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer. So how have things changed in Ferguson since then? We check in with a St. Louis Public Radio reporter who&rsquo;s been covering the story.</p><p>And if you live near O&rsquo;Hare Airport, you know all about the noise from jets. We talk to a member of the O&rsquo;Hare Noise Compatibility Commission about ideas she has for reducing the noise &mdash; and she should have some pretty good ideas, as she&rsquo;s a trained aerospace engineer.</p><p>The head of the Oak Park Library will be in to talk about his idea for establishing a sister library with Cuba.</p><p>We&rsquo;ve also got a sports roundup from WBEZ Sports Contributor Cheryl Raye Stout.</p><p>Plus, music from Minneapolis folk singer Charlie Parr.</p></p> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-10/morning-shift-august-10-2015-112612 Cubs and Sox wind up big weekend series http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-10/cubs-and-sox-wind-big-weekend-series-112609 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/wrigley FlickrRon Cogswell.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Here we are in the middle of August, nearing the end of the regular baseball season, and Chicago&rsquo;s teams each just wrapped up an exciting series. The Cubs were spectacular, sweeping the defending World Series champs the San Francisco Giants in four games. On the flip side, the Sox were the ones who got swept. They fell three games in a row to the Kansas City Royals, last season&rsquo;s runner-up. So, what does this mean for the postseason for our two home teams? WBEZ&rsquo;s Cheryl Raye Stout talks baseball, plus an update on the Patrick Kane situation, and the latest from Bears training camp.</p></p> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-10/cubs-and-sox-wind-big-weekend-series-112609