WBEZ | Cubs http://www.wbez.org/tags/cubs Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: October 22, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-22/morning-shift-october-22-2015-113471 <p><p>We all know that saying here in Chicago when it comes to the Chicago Cubs: Wait &lsquo;til next year. The team&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-22/cubs-postseason-run-comes-end-113470">postseason hopes ended </a>Wednesday night with a four-game sweep by the Mets.</p><p>We discuss <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-22/wall-street-journal-reporter-makes-case-humble-ceo-113469">what makes a good CEO</a> and it turns out having a good dose of humility goes a long way.</p><p>Plus, pop culture, frozen in time: why one photographer is documenting the<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-22/photographer-captures-historic-former-headquarters-ebony-and-jet"> groovy interiors</a> at the old EBONY magazine headquarters.</p><p>And we talk about the the muzak-fueled radio station that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-22/aurora-man-preserves-k-mart-music-and-announcements-113467">played inside Kmart</a> during the 1980s and &lsquo;90s.</p></p> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-22/morning-shift-october-22-2015-113471 Cubs postseason run comes to an end http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-22/cubs-postseason-run-comes-end-113470 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/cubs fan sad ap Charles Rex Arbogast web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We all know the saying here in Chicago when it comes to the Cubs: Wait &lsquo;til next year. The team&rsquo;s postseason hopes ended Wednesday night with a four-game sweep by the Mets. But what a season it was &mdash; and what a team.</p><p>We hear listeners&#39; thoughts about last night&rsquo;s 8-3 loss, this season and next year. Morning Shift director and uber Cubs fan Jason Marck shares his thoughts, along with another Cubs fan close to his heart...his dad.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-22/cubs-postseason-run-comes-end-113470 Cubs' Curse of the Billy Goat and other superstitious sports tales http://www.wbez.org/news/cubs-curse-billy-goat-and-other-superstitious-sports-tales-113458 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Billy Goat Tavern owners pose with Billy the goat outside the tavern on Oct. 20..jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res450642633" previewtitle="Billy Goat Tavern owners pose with &quot;Billy&quot; the goat outside the tavern on Oct. 20."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Billy Goat Tavern owners pose with &quot;Billy&quot; the goat outside the tavern on Oct. 20." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/10/21/ap_685358210548-31d4c2ed7f6a81323eacb1886cc794cd0d2655d7-s900-c85.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Billy Goat Tavern owners pose with &quot;Billy&quot; the goat outside the tavern on Oct. 20. (Paul Beaty/AP)" /></div><div><div><p>The Chicago Cubs have not appeared in a World Series since 1945, when, legend has it, tavern owner Billy Sianis placed a curse on the team in retaliation for refusing stadium entry to his goat.</p></div></div></div><p>Going into tonight&#39;s potentially decisive Game 4 of the National League Championship Series trailing the New York Mets 3-0, it seems the Cubs&#39; &quot;curse&quot; is as strong as ever.</p><p>According to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.billygoattavern.com/legend/curse/">Billy Goat Tavern&#39;s website</a>, which is now owned by Sianis&#39; nephew Sam, the tale goes as follows:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;The Cubs entered Game 4 of the World Series leading the Detroit Tigers 2 games to 1, and needing to win only two of the next four games played at Wrigley Field. A local Greek, William &#39;Billy Goat&#39; Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern and a Cubs fan, bought two tickets to Game 4. Hoping to bring his team good luck he took his pet goat, Murphy, with him to the game. At the entrance to the park, the Andy Fran ushers stopped Billy Goat from entering saying that no animals are allowed in the park. Billy Goat, frustrated, appealed to the owner of the Cubs, P.K. Wrigley. Wrigley replied, &#39;Let Billy in, but not the goat.&#39; Billy Goat asked, &#39;Why not the goat?&#39; Wrigley answered, &#39;Because the goat stinks.&#39;</em></p><p><em>&quot;According to legend, the goat and Billy were upset, so then Billy threw up his arms and exclaimed, &#39;The Cubs ain&#39;t gonna win no more. The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field.&#39; The Cubs were officially cursed. Subsequently, the Cubs lost game four, and the remaining series getting swept at home and from the World Series. Billy Goat promptly sent a telegram to P.K. Wrigley, stating, &#39;Who stinks now?&#39;&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Seventy years later, the Cubs have yet to make it back to the World Series, and their fans have adopted the unofficial slogan: &quot;Wait &#39;til next year.&quot;</p><div id="res450642438" previewtitle="Boston Red Sox's Doug Mientkiewicz, left, and catcher Jason Varitek, right, jump into Keith Foulke's arms after the Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Caridnals 3-0 in Game 4 to win the 2004 World Series."><div data-crop-type="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boston Red Sox's Doug Mientkiewicz, left, and catcher Jason Varitek, right, jump into Keith Foulke's arms after the Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Caridnals 3-0 in Game 4 to win the 2004 World Series." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/10/21/ap_041027011406-4681bbadadc66eacb3ec3553a63ecd4b808eb445-s900-c85.jpg" style="height: 405px; width: 540px;" title="Boston Red Sox's Doug Mientkiewicz, left, and catcher Jason Varitek, right, jump into Keith Foulke's arms after the Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Caridnals 3-0 in Game 4 to win the 2004 World Series. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)" /></div><div><div><p>The Cubs&#39; curse is one of the most storied and enduring in baseball, along with the Red Sox&#39; since-broken &quot;Curse of the Bambino.&quot; That myth&nbsp;<a href="http://www.baberuthcentral.com/babesimpact/legends/the-curse-of-the-bambino/">goes something like this</a>: Babe Ruth, nicknamed &quot;The Bambino,&quot; had been a star for the Red Sox from 1914-1919; when he was sold to the rival Yankees, the baseball gods leveled their punishment.</p></div></div></div><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;When Babe Ruth was sold in 1920, the Boston Red Sox had won five World Series titles, more than any other major league team. Up to that point, the Yankees had never won one. However, since Babe Ruth arrived with the Yankees in 1920, this fabled franchise has been to the World Series 37 times and has won a staggering 26 times, including four titles with the Babe. The Red Sox, however, have had a far different outcome.</em></p><p><em>&quot;After selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees, the Red Sox did not win another Championship for 86 years (until 2004). It was a period full of heartbreaks for everyone affiliated with the Red Sox &ndash; from the players to the ever-faithful fans. The causes were many &mdash; bad management decisions, unfortunate errors and an almost-ironic amount of incredible bad-luck.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Much was made of the curse&#39;s end and since 2004, the Red Sox have gone on to win the World Series twice more, in 2007 and 2013.</p><div id="res450642286" previewtitle="Australian national soccer team supporters at the 2006 World Cup in Munich, Germany."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Australian national soccer team supporters at the 2006 World Cup in Munich, Germany." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/10/21/ap_060618011476-43aa2b754b081c44641a832a7e0f55f6dabd86df-s900-c85.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Australian national soccer team supporters at the 2006 World Cup in Munich, Germany. (Fernando Llano/AP)" /></div><div><div><p>However, lest you think sports curses are just merely a fabrication by desperate and superstitious baseball fans,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theage.com.au/news/soccer/safran-helps-lift-curse-of-the-socceroos/2005/11/19/1132017027452.html">consider this tale</a>&nbsp;involving the woes of the Australian national soccer team, called the Socceroos, and an erstwhile comedian, John Safran:</p></div></div></div><blockquote><p><em>&quot;The story begins in 1969, when the Australians were trying to qualify for the 1970 World Cup. The team had lost a play-off and was to face Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in Mozambique.</em></p><p><em>Safran said: &#39;[Soccer player] Johnny (Warren) told me that after the first game of that series, some of the players heard about a witchdoctor in Mozambique who said he could sort things out by putting a curse on the Rhodesians. They all said, &quot;Yeah, cool, let&#39;s do it&quot; and so the witchdoctor planted some bones near one of the goalposts and cursed the opposition.&#39;</em></p><p><em>&quot;&#39;The team won the next game 3-1 and the witchdoctor told the players he wanted $1000 for his services. &quot;You owe me,&quot; the witchdoctor told them, but the players didn&#39;t have enough money,&#39; Safran said. &#39;He warned them he&#39;d reverse the curse and put it on Australian soccer.&#39;</em></p><p><em>&quot;The players left the country without paying up and Johnny sincerely believed that, ever since, Australian soccer has been cursed.</em></p><p><em>&quot;The national team qualified for the 1974 World Cup but suffered a run of gut-wrenching defeats, topped off by the 1997 Iranian disaster and the tear-jerker in Uruguay four years ago. When Warren told him the story last year, Safran decided to go to Africa to do a story about the curse for his show&nbsp;John Safran vs God. The witchdoctor had died, but Safran found another who could channel him by going to the stadium at which the Rhodesia game had been played 35 years earlier.</em></p><p><em>&quot;&#39;That involved us sitting in the middle of the pitch and he killed a chicken and splattered the blood all over me,&quot; Safran said. &#39;I then had to go to Telstra Stadium with Johnny and we had to wash ourselves in some clay the witchdoctor had given us.&#39;&quot;</em></p></blockquote><p>The antics apparently did the trick, as the team went on to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.</p></p> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/cubs-curse-billy-goat-and-other-superstitious-sports-tales-113458 NPR's Kelly McEvers celebrates an anniversary, talks Cubs http://www.wbez.org/nprs-kelly-mcevers-celebrates-anniversary-talks-cubs-113453 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/FOR%20WEDS%20KellyMcEvers-8x10_2.jpg" style="height: 313px; width: 250px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;" title="(Courtesy of NPR" /></p><p>NPR&#39;s Kelly McEvers is marking her one-month anniversary as one of the two new hosts of <em>All Things Considered</em>. She and fellow newcomer Ari Shapiro join Audie Cornish and Robert Siegal.</p><p>Kelly got her start right here in Illinois but many of us got to know her work during her time as a reporter on the national desk and as a Middle East correspondent.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="http://transom.org/2013/diary-of-a-bad-year-a-war-correspondents-dilemma/" target="_blank">&quot;Diary of a Bad Year: A War Correspondent&rsquo;s Dilemma&quot;</a></strong></p><p><em>All Things Considered</em> Host Melba Lara talked with McEvers about her career covering conflicts around the world, her ties to Illinois, and predictions for her &#39;Cubbies&#39;.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/nprs-kelly-mcevers-celebrates-anniversary-talks-cubs-113453 Morning Shift: October 21, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-21/morning-shift-october-21-2015-113448 <p><p>Today is October 21, 2015, and if the film Back to the Future was correct, this is the day Marty McFly arrived from the past, courtesy of a time-traveling Delorean. So, Marty, the Morning Shift is trying to catch you up on what&rsquo;s really happening in 2015.</p><p>First, a group of doctors are changing the advice they&rsquo;ve been giving women for years on how to prevent a deadly disease.</p><p>Next, we have a live performance by musician Nikki Hill. She has a roots-rock sound that we think you&#39;ll like &mdash; we know how much you love Chuck Berry.</p><p>Also, the Cubs haven&rsquo;t QUITE won the World Series yet. Actually, they&rsquo;re down three games in the pennant series. But we&#39;re sure that&#39;s nothing to worry about.</p><p>And there&#39;s a film festival where children get to be the jurors who award the films.</p></p> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-21/morning-shift-october-21-2015-113448 Cubs looking to rally from 3-0 NLCS deficit http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-21/cubs-looking-rally-3-0-nlcs-deficit-113447 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/sad cubs AP David J. Phillip.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Cubs have been known all year for their power. But it was the little things, things like defense, and plate discipline, that got them to the NLCS. Those little things were missing from Tuesday night&rsquo;s game, and now the Cubs find themselves in a very deep hole. It&rsquo;s so deep that only one team in history has climbed out of it.</p><p>WBEZ Sports Contributor <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Cheryl Raye Stout</a> was at the game, in the rain.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-21/cubs-looking-rally-3-0-nlcs-deficit-113447 Morning Shift: October 20, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-20/morning-shift-october-20-2015-113427 <p><p>Television has a profound impact on our culture and sometimes it can be hard to separate real-life actors from the characters they play on the screen. Take The Cosby Show. For those of us that watched it in the 1980s, Bill Cosby WAS Cliff Huxtable &mdash; a loving father who could dole out tough advice. Now, in 2015, many of us are trying to reconcile the fictional Cliff Huxtable with the all-too-real allegations that Bill Cosby is facing. We talk with a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-20/ebony-magazine%E2%80%99s-controversial-november-cover-cosby-vs-cliff">senior editor from Ebony magazine</a> about an article called &ldquo;Cosby vs. Cliff,&rdquo; and the new issue&rsquo;s controversial cover.</p><p>Also, we get the lowdown on the latest <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-20/one-book-one-chicago-taking-programs-every-branch-113425">One Book, One Chicago</a> pick.</p><p>And we have a preview of this year&rsquo;s the Third Coast<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-20/third-coasts-filmless-festival-celebrates-art-listening-113424"> Filmless Fest</a>.</p><p>Plus, WBEZ&#39;s Jason Marck and WNYC&#39;s Jim O&#39;Grady exchange <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-20/dear-jason-dear-jim-113423">trash talk over email</a> in regards to the Cubs, Mets National League Championship battle.</p></p> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-20/morning-shift-october-20-2015-113427 Dear Jason, Dear Jim http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-20/dear-jason-dear-jim-113423 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP Charles Cherney.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The battle between the Cubs and the Mets for the National League pennant got off to a brisk start over the weekend. After two match-ups at Citi Field in Queens, the Mets lead the series 2-0 going into game three Tuesday night at Wrigley.</p><p>Another thing that&rsquo;s off to a strong start &mdash; and only seems to be getting stronger &mdash; is the trash talk. <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/">WNYC</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://twitter.com/jimog?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Jim O&rsquo;Grady</a>, a lifelong Mets fan, and WBEZ&#39;s own <a href="https://twitter.com/jasonmarck?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Jason Marck</a>, who bleeds Cubbie blue, have been going at it for days. While the players fight their battles on the baseball diamond, our stars have been sparring in a different arena. It&rsquo;s called Microsoft Outlook, and it&#39;s not pretty.</p></p> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-20/dear-jason-dear-jim-113423 Brian Lehrer on Cubs vs. Mets in the NLCS http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-19/brian-lehrer-cubs-vs-mets-nlcs-113402 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/mets AP Julie Jacobson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Cubs are down...but they&rsquo;re not out. They&rsquo;ll play the Mets in game three of the National League Championship Series in Chicago Tuesday night.</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/BrianLehrer?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Brian Lehrer</a>, host of WNYC Radio&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/">The Brian Lehrer Show</a> is a big baseball fan, so we do a joint live broadcast with his program to assess the first two games of the pennant.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 12:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-19/brian-lehrer-cubs-vs-mets-nlcs-113402 Morning Shift: October 14, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-14/morning-shift-october-14-2015-113340 <p><p>For only the second time since 1908, the Chicago Cubs have <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-14/cubs-beat-cardinals-advance-nlcs-113339">won a post-season series</a>. We take you inside the locker room and onto the streets outside Wrigley as Cubs fans enjoy this historic moment.</p><p>Then Sound Opinions&rsquo; <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-14/music-critic-basketball-coach-113338">Greg Kot</a> talks about...coaching basketball!</p><p>And we get the story behind <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-14/mcteachers-nights-mcdonalds-draw-criticism-113337">teachers pushing burgers at McDonalds</a>.</p><p>And a new documentary focuses on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-14/age-love-seniors-open-minds-and-open-hearts-113336">seniors looking for love</a>...through speed dating.</p></p> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-14/morning-shift-october-14-2015-113340