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Chicago Cubs, White Sox somehow hosted games in this fog (Video)

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The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox hosted games in some unusual weather elements on Monday night. Rain delays are common throughout the MLB season, but very rarely does fog invade a city to the point where player safety comes into question.

The screenshot you see above is not one from a low quality camera or a broken lens. The reason you can hardly make out Cincinnati Reds left fielder Xavier Paul is because the fog was so thick as he camped under a fly ball that cameras nearly lost sight of him. The Reds won 6-2 at Wrigley Field in a game that was somehow not delayed. The White Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 10-6, but their game was delayed for about an hour in the third.

Here is a video that shows how bad the fog in the Windy City got at certain points during the night:

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Cubs prospect Jorge Soler reportedly went after opponents with a bat

Jorge-Soler-CubsChicago Cubs prospect Jorge Soler may have a slight anger management issue to deal with before he makes his way to the Big Leagues. Soler plays for the team’s Class-A affiliate, the Daytona Cubs. On Wednesday night, Daytona lost 14-9 to the Clearwater Thresers in extra innings, but the thrill of extra frames took a backseat to the commotion Soler caused with his outburst in the seventh inning.

According to The Daytona Beach News-Journal (via the Chicago Tribune), the 21-year-old outfielder charged toward the Threshers’ dugout with a bat in his hand following the seventh. Prior to that, Soler had been involved in a confrontation with Clearwater’s Edgar Alonso after Soler slid into second base. The two reportedly exchanged words and had to be separated by teammates, but Soler apparently never cooled down and went after Alonso wielding a bat. Daytona manager Dave Keller said it was “kind of like a nightmare.”

“I think that he was frustrated by some things and there was some emotional things he was fighting with,” Keller said. “Why he did that, I don’t know. I think he was frustrated by what happened. When he slid into second base, (Alonso) ended up laying on top of him. He was laying on him so (Soler) pushed with his arm to get him off him, and I think the second baseman interpreted that the wrong way like he wanted to fight or something.”

Keller went on to describe the scene, which sounded like something straight out of Hollywood.

“There were two separate incidents, and there was really no fight,” he said. “But because nobody was around him when he was running across the field with a bat … that makes things a little bit crazy.”

Baseball fights like this and bench-clearing brawls like this are all part of the game, but running after someone with a bat takes things to a dangerous level. There’s no telling if Soler was actually going to to something with the bat, but the league has to assume he planned on using it as a weapon when deciding his punishment.

Goat’s head delivered to Wrigley Field for Chicago Cubs owner

Billy Goat TavernIf the Chicago Cubs didn’t believe in the curse of the Billy Goat before, they probably do now.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a man drove up to Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon, dropped off a package that contained a goat’s head, and told the security guard to give it to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts. The Tribune says the head was all black and had a U.S. Department of Agriculture tag on its ear.

The Cubs reportedly called police and gave them the package. Police are investigating the situation.

If you’re kind of lost at this point and wondering if this is some sort of reference to “The Godfather” and the horse’s head, allow us to shed some light.

As the story goes, in 1945, Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis wanted to bring his goat into a World Series game between the Cubs and Detroit Tigers but was denied admission. There supposedly has been a curse placed upon the team since then. The Cubs have not reached the World Series since ’45, and they have not won it since 1908.

Think about this for a second: How jacked up is the dude who delivered an actual goat’s head in a package to Wrigley Field? What kind of Travis Bickle schemes do you think this guy is plotting in his apartment? And how about the poor schmoes who had to open the package? You think those folks were able to sleep tonight? Heck no. That’s taking creepiness to levels it should never go.

Photo: © 2006, Jeremy Atherton

Cubs mocked manager Dale Sveum with hunting gear during first team meeting

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum was involved in a frightening hunting accident over the offseason. Since he was not seriously injured, it’s one of those incidents that we can all look back on and laugh. The team did just that during its first full squad meeting on Sunday.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs all showed up to the meeting in their warm-up jackets and went to take them off at the same time, which took Sveum by surprise.

“Halfway into the meeting they all took their jackets off and they all had bright orange hunting gear on, and hats,” Sveum said. “Of course they gave me one with a target.”

Classic. Of course, the person who orchestrated the prank has not come forward. Unless he feels like carrying buckets of balls to practice for a week, the brains behind the operation will probably remain anonymous. Sveum laughed it off but also said “God help them” if he finds out who was responsible. Could it have been Matt Garza? If it was, he’s not saying.

“It was a good one, just to kind of loosen people up,” Garza said. “I know the first day is usually a little nerve-wracking, especially with (all the media around). Whoever did that, it was a good one. … Guys laughed it off and Skip laughed it off. I think it was a good icebreaker for a bunch of guys, (to) kind of loosen the tone, the feelings.

“Everyone was a little nervous… When the person who gets it is laughing, that’s a good one. If he gets a mean face, probably not the move you want to make.”

Sveum had to have known this was coming, so he’s probably relieved to get it out of the way before the first official team meeting. Although, something tells me this won’t be the last he hears about the quail hunting fiasco.

NBC updates show to remove Cubs winning World Series reference (Picture)

Credit the people who work on the NBC show “Revolution” for their attention to detail. “Revolution” is a sci-fi show that takes place in 2027, 15 years after a force takes away the electricity from earth, changing life as we know it.

In the clip featured above, some of the show’s characters are seen walking past an abandoned Wrigley Field in 2027. According to the Chicago Tribune, when the TV show debuted online this spring, the marquee below the sign in front of Wrigley Field called the Cubs the 2012 World Series champions (image on left). However, when the show premiered on Monday night, the marquee had been updated to remove the Cubs World Series reference (image on right).

Earlier this year, the Cubs still had some hopes for a successful season, but now that we’re in September, reality has sunk in and the team has the second-worst record in MLB and is mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

There must be a lot of Cubs fans in the entertainment industry, because we also saw a commercial for a video game that had them winning the Fall Classic. Cubs fans have already been through so much heartache; there’s no need to tease them even more.

Thanks, Deadspin

Cubs were upset with Nationals for playing hard while up by 5

It was understandable why the Cubs were frustrated after being pounded by the Nationals for four straight games this week, but their reason for starting two fights on Thursday made little sense.

The Cubs were on their way to getting swept in the four-game series (they were outscored 31-9), when they decided to pick a fight with the Nats. Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa both stole second for the Nats in the 5th when the team was up 7-2. The score was the same when Jayson Werth took a big cut at a 3-0 curveball later in the inning. That apparently was poor form in the eyes of the Cubs, so bench coach Jamie Quirk began calling out Nats third base coach Bo Porter, sparking the first of two bench-clearing scuffles.

“Here we are in the fifth inning, we’re in a pennant race, we’re going to swing 3-0, we’re going to do everything,” Nats manager Davey Johnson said, per The Washington Post. “We ain’t stopping trying to score runs. Certainly, a five-run lead at that time is nothing. I think it was the bench coach’s frustration in us handing it to them for a couple days. If they want to quit competing and forfeit, then fine. But we’re going to keep competing.”

The Nats pointed out that they blew a 9-0 lead to the Braves in July. Why should they stop trying when they’re up 7-2 with four innings left? Their logic makes complete sense while the Cubs’ doesn’t. Chicago apparently would like a rule put in place saying teams can no longer play hard when they’re up by 5-or-more runs.

Unless the Cubs are agreeing to call the game after four and a half innings and take a 7-2 loss, they shouldn’t say anything about the Nats continuing to try and win the game.

I’m really sick of the unwritten rules in baseball. It’s not like this was a D-I college powerhouse blowing out a D-III team 35-0 in the 8th and stealing bases, these are two Major League Baseball teams with paid professionals playing in a close game. There is no mercy, and teams shouldn’t ask for it. If there was a team that was wrong in the situation, it certainly was not the Nats. It was the Cubs.

Below is a video of the two fights:

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Cubs dress up as Super Mario Bros. characters for road trip (Picture)

The Cubs may be having a horrendous season, but it’s nice to see they are still having some fun. Big changes for the better were expected in Chicago when Theo Epstein took the reins, and in his first season as GM Cubs fans have seen the complete opposite. The Cubs are 38-56, in last place in the NL Central and are looking to be sellers at the trade deadline. None of that nonsense has stopped them from dressing up for road trips.

As you can see from the photo that Cubs writer Doug Padilla shared on Twitter, the Chicago players dressed up as “Super Mario Bros.” characters this past weekend before their trip to Pittsburgh. Pictured above are pitcher Scott Maine, catcher Steve Clavenger and infielder Bryan LaHair. They may be one of the worst teams in baseball, but good for the Cubs for finding a way to keep it unique. We’ve seen the Rays wear all white before a road trip this year, the Cardinals rock these crazy tuxedos and the Mets dress like cowboys. To our knowledge, this is 2012′s first Nintendo-themed road trip.

H/T Sharapova’s Thigh