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On the Sunday night of induction weekend, all of the Hall of Fame players gather for a private dinner. No wives. No family. No friends. Just Hall of Famers — because these guys love the exclusivity of their club. They gather in a ballroom at the Otesaga Resort, and tables are defined by Hall credentials. One year, Kirby Puckett asked to sit at Willie Mays’ table and was told no. He didn’t have enough home runs. Tony Gwynn once wondered why he had Ozzie Smith at his table. He was told that was the table for Punch-and-Judy hitters. It’s a … ]]> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 06:13:40 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ron Santo remembered on eve of Hall of Fame induction ]]> Lead story image

CHRIS DE LUCA: So many old Cubs converged on Cooperstown this weekend to honor Santo as he gets inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Wife Vicki will give the acceptance speech, son Jeff Santo confirmed. It’s an emotional time for the old Cubs. They have waited years for Santo’s day to come. And now they wish he could be here to soak it all in. ]]> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:55:41 -0600 <![CDATA[ Cubs announcer Pat Hughes knows how much Hall meant to Ron Santo ]]> Lead story image

CHRIS DE LUCA: Pat Hughes took his seat in the home radio booth Thursday at Wrigley Field and gave serious consideration to the question about Ron Santo. No one outside of his family was closer to Santo during the last decade of his life than Hughes. If anyone truly knew how Santo felt about being consistently passed over for the Hall of Fame, it was Ronnie’s radio partner for nearly 15 years. ]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 06:39:37 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ron Santo Hall of Fame honor overdue ]]> Lead story image

CHRIS DE LUCA: Sitting with Ron Santo in his broadcast booth at HoHoKam Park before a Cubs spring training game a few years ago, swapping stories about mutual friend and ageless fan Sara Davis, the conversation turned to the Hall of Fame. ]]> Sat, 07 Jan 2012 08:13:29 -0600 <![CDATA[ Hey, Cubs fans, baseball execs aren’t rock stars ]]> Lead story image

ST. LOUIS — Here’s a rainy-day activity while the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals take an extra breather before Game 6 of the World Series. Quick, name the general managers of the teams in the World Series. Could you identify these two men in a lineup? Can you pronounce the name of the Cardinals’ general manager? Time’s up. Serious baseball fans likely scored 100 percent, though Cardinals GM John Mozeliak has a tricky name to pronounce (moe-ZAY-lock). The guess here is a large percentage of people in Chicago caught up in Theo Mania this week couldn’t out Jon Daniels … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:54:54 -0600 <![CDATA[ Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer expected to be Cubs’ 1-2 punch ]]> Lead story image

CHRIS DE LUCA: Despite a rash of reports hinting that talks between the Cubs and Boston Red Sox for general manager Theo Epstein were stalling or even crumbling, top-level Cubs sources stressed Wednesday a deal will be completed. ]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 10:37:20 -0600 <![CDATA[ Hiring Theo Epstein won’t guarantee Cubs will end Series drought ]]> Lead story image

Shortly before he officially took control of the Cubs in 2009, chairman Tom Ricketts issued a warning to giddy fans who believed one of their own would splurge to end the longest title drought in baseball by repeating the same phrase: ‘‘There is no silver bullet to winning a World Series.’’ ]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 10:39:22 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steroid Era backlash gives hope to holdover Hall of Fame candidates ]]> Lead story image

CHRIS DE LUCA: From an odd ode to the 3,000-hit club to a reminder of the exclusive fraternity that is the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the induction ceremony Sunday was more a celebration of baseball than a fete for Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick. ]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 02:11:26 -0600 <![CDATA[ Lincecum bests Lee to give Giants first title in 56 years ]]> Lead story image

Chris De Luca: Bruce Bochy's crew of misfits and castoffs brought to San Francisco something Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Bobby Bonds or Barry Bonds couldn't do. They even wiped away the ill feelings of Dusty Baker's Giants being five outs from winning it all in 2002. This group of rookies and trash-heap veterans won the 106th World Series. ]]> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 16:54:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Giants up 3-1, credit Cubs with wake-up call ]]> Lead story image

Chris De Luca: If you want to find where the San Francisco Giants insist their 2010 season changed for good, you have to go all the way back to Chicago. Hard to imagine, but Wrigley Field actually played a part in the World Series. And you thought the 2003 Florida Marlins were the only team to use Wrigley as a springboard to the Series. ]]> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 16:50:04 -0600 <![CDATA[ Rangers take a Giant step ]]> Lead story image

ARLINGTON, Texas -- There's the offensive imbalance we've been expecting for the 106th World Series. The Texas Rangers flexed their famous muscles, and the San Francisco Giants seemed to be on a mission to strand runners in key situations just like they did throughout the regular season. Order was restored, at least for a day, in Game 3 of the World Series as the Rangers belted two home runs -- including a three-run blast from rookie Mitch Moreland and a 426-foot bomb from Josh Hamilton -- to beat the Giants 4-2 Saturday night in front of a record crowd of … ]]> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 16:54:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Marlins had their chance to get Ozzie Guillen ]]> Lead story image

Sun-Times exclusive: As Ozzie Guillen stepped to the Fox TV platform nestled between the giant Coca-Cola bottle and old-time mitt in left-center field at AT&T Park on Thursday, he enjoyed the same kind of rock-star treatment in the Bay Area that he often gets on the South Side. ]]> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 16:52:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Giants' fans believin' with Uribe providing needed clout ]]> Lead story image

SAN FRANCISCO -- With fans decked out in black ''Don't Stop Believin''' sweatshirts and an October revival of Journey's song, it was worth a double-check of the GPS on Wednesday. Juan Uribe was here, so was Aaron Rowand, and there was an Ozzie Guillen sighting. Shoot, the opponent was from Texas. A five-year reunion for the 2005 White Sox, this was not. It was Game 1 of the 106th World Series, and a new town has adopted that South Side anthem. The San Francisco Giants and their fans are still believin' today after doing the unthinkable by chasing October ace … ]]> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 16:52:09 -0600 <![CDATA[ World Series breakdown ]]>

STARTING PITCHING The Giants got here based on strong pitching, especially from Tim Lincecum (16-10, 3.43 ERA), Matt Cain (13-11, 3.14), Jonathan Sanchez (13-9, 3.07) and Madison Bumgarner (7-6, 3.00). The Rangers' top four of Cliff Lee (12-9, 3.18), C.J. Wilson (15-8, 3.35), Colby Lewis (12-13, 3.72) and Tommy Hunter (13-4, 3.73) have respectable numbers, too. Sanchez can be erratic. Lee, who's 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA in eight postseason outings, could start Games 1, 4 and 7. The Rangers have the more reliable group. Edge: Rangers. BULLPENS Both teams have talented middle relievers, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy has … ]]> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 16:52:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Giants' Bochy was Hendry's guy had Lou fallen through ]]> Lead story image

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy came thisclose to spending the last four years as the Cubs' manager -- even if he never did get a formal interview during the courtship of Lou Piniella. Despite wild speculation -- and over-the-top Cubbie love -- Joe Girardi was never the No. 2 choice on general manager Jim Hendry's wish list when he was searching for a manager to replace Dusty Baker four years ago this month. Sure, Girardi got a John McDonough-enforced interview. Even longest of long shots Ryne Sandberg got one of those. But Bochy was the real safety net in Hendry's … ]]> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 16:54:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Best candidate for the job: Sandberg ]]> Lead story image

Each time his phone rings these days, Ryne Sandberg must wonder if THIS will be the call. He has been through this process before, waiting for three tries to get a call from Cooperstown, the one that finally came in 2005. This time, the anticipation is a little different. Sandberg's latest dream is to be the next manager of the Cubs. He never has been closer to reaching that dream than he is now. ''I've been through the full process,'' Sandberg said Wednesday. ''I've met with [general manager] Jim Hendry, [assistant GM] Randy Bush and [owner] Tom Ricketts. All I … ]]> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 16:52:01 -0600