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jon lester to bat 9th, javier baez to start in cubs' home opener


light rain is falling on wrigley field, where the cubs have canceled pregame batting practice but still hope to play their home opener monday night against the dodgers.in a somewhat strange twist, starting pitcher jon lester will bat ninth. cubs starters have batted eighth in each of their first six games.javier baez will make his fifth start at second base.here's the cubs' lineup against left-hander alex wood:schwarber lfbryant 3brizzo 1bzobrist rfrussell sscontreras cheyward cfbaez 2blester pcaptiontom ricketts speaks during the park at wrigley ribbon-cutting ceremonycubs chairman tom ricketts speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the park at wrigley on monday, april 10, 2017. (paul skrbina/chicago tribune)cubs chairman tom ricketts speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for t






cubs chairman tom ricketts hoping for patriots-like stretch of domination


it started out seven years ago trying to win the national league central. now the ricketts family wants the world. after addressing the full squad saturday at the cubs' spring training complex, chairman tom ricketts said he would like the team one day to be considered "one of the great sports organizations...






cubs' part-owner todd ricketts still in talks over commerce job


no prizes for guessing which members of the cubs-owning ricketts family are planning to make the trip to the white house with the world series champs on monday — or which won't.but ricketts family spokesman dennis culloton did spring a minor surprise wednesday afternoon, when he revealed that president-elect... (kim janssen)






cubs open new wrigley field plaza ahead of monday's home opener


the cubs unveiled their new wrigley field plaza this morning."today we celebrate the 2016 world series championship and the opening of the park at wrigley,"  cubs president of business operations crane kenney said at today's ribbon-cutting ceremony at the plaza on the west side of wrigley field.mayor rahm emanuel was also at the event and said: "thank you for the memories of 2016."the cubs haven’t played a home game as defending world series champions since 1909. so there will be plenty of festivities commemorating their championship in the first homestand of the season at wrigley field.the cubs will hoist their championship banners at approximately 6:15 p.m. first pitch for game against the dodgers is scheduled for 7:05.but there's an 80 percent chance of rain at 6 p.m. that percentage dr






trouble brewing for deputy commerce secretary nominee todd ricketts


even as the senate confirmed wilbur ross as commerce secretary on monday by a comfortable bipartisan margin of 72-‎27, trouble was lurking for deputy commerce secretary nominee todd ricketts. four sources familiar with the matter told cbs news that ricketts, a member of the wealthy ricketts family that owns the chicago cubs and ameritrade, has run into significant difficulties separating himself from financial ties as part of office of government ethics requirements. the requirements and difficulty of divesting from family business ties could force ricketts to withdraw his nomination, two sources told cbs news. that move, the sources said, could come as early as wednesday. sources close to ricketts say the nominee is committed to working through the complex requests from the office of gove






tom ricketts hints at design of 'most valuable' world series ring


when the cubs hand out championship rings on april 12, chairman tom ricketts promises, "it's going to be snappy; very nice. it's probably going to be the most valuable ring in u.s. sports."but does he mean "most valuable" as in expensive or "most valuable" as most coveted and historically significant?perhaps both?ricketts didn't say exactly how much the rings would cost or how they would be designed, but he did tell sports talk show host graham bensinger, "there's a lot examples of stuff to look at. then you layer in your logos, your themes and try to get as much information jammed into the little ring as you can. so it will be really special."bensinger caught up with ricketts on the red carpet at the laureus world sports awards in monaco last month. ricketts added that the players have th






cubs' world series celebration set to resume with monday's home opener


it’s another good week to be tom ricketts.on friday, the cubs chairman partied at the barclays center in brooklyn, watching friend and cubs fan eddie vedder get inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame with the rest of pearl jam.on monday, he’ll take part in ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new wrigley field plaza, then throw out a ceremonial first pitch with his siblings at the home opener and watch the championship banner being raised.on wednesday, ricketts will be rewarding his employees with championship rings for a job well done.hopefully he can sneak a nap in on thursday.as the cubs prepare for two more days of celebrating their 2016 world series title, ricketts gets a chance to take a bow for making almost all the right moves to lead to a championship. the first and most import






negative stories about cubs owner joe ricketts disappear from website he bought


for the ricketts family, patience pays offpatrick m. o'connell and kathy bergenafter holding a baby, posing for selfies with wide-eyed grown men, helping fans fumbling with their phone cameras, signing baseballs for boys in team jerseys and autographing a scorecard, a flag and a cap, tom ricketts ducked into the shadow of wrigley field's grandstand to take a breath in the...after holding a baby, posing for selfies with wide-eyed grown men, helping fans fumbling with their phone cameras, signing baseballs for boys in team jerseys and autographing a scorecard, a flag and a cap, tom ricketts ducked into the shadow of wrigley field's grandstand to take a breath in the... (patrick m. o'connell and kathy bergen)






negative stories on cubs owner joe ricketts removed from chicagoist website he b


for the ricketts family, patience pays offpatrick m. o'connell and kathy bergenafter holding a baby, posing for selfies with wide-eyed grown men, helping fans fumbling with their phone cameras, signing baseballs for boys in team jerseys and autographing a scorecard, a flag and a cap, tom ricketts ducked into the shadow of wrigley field's grandstand to take a breath in the...after holding a baby, posing for selfies with wide-eyed grown men, helping fans fumbling with their phone cameras, signing baseballs for boys in team jerseys and autographing a scorecard, a flag and a cap, tom ricketts ducked into the shadow of wrigley field's grandstand to take a breath in the... (patrick m. o'connell and kathy bergen)






journalists at 2 new york digital news sites opt to unionize


new york — journalists at two recently combined digital news organizations in new york have agreed to unionize.the writers guild of america, east announced wednesday a majority of the 26 reporters and editors at dnainfo and gothamist opted to the join the guild.the workers released a joint statement saying the union move will "make the newsroom stronger" and "attract and retain quality journalists."the websites are owned by billionaire joe ricketts, who founded the online broker td ameritrade. ricketts also is an owner of the chicago cubs and is a prominent republican donor.a spokeswoman for ricketts says dnainfo was considering its options.many of new york's digital media companies have been unionized in recent years, including the huffington post, vice, mtv news, gizmodo media group and






gothamist deleted negative coverage of its new owner


dnainfo, the local-news organization owned by right-wing billionaire joe ricketts, announced today that it has purchased gothamist llc, a network of web sites covering cities from new york to los angeles. (in advance of the acquisition, dnainfo laid off a slew of experienced editors and reporters.) at some point either before or after the acquisition, jezebel has learned, gothamist deleted critical coverage of ricketts from its new york and chicago sites.the acquisition was first reported by politico, followed by an announcement on gothamist. the news came as a shock to dnainfo reporters, two of whom spoke to jezebel on the condition that their names not be used. “nobody seems to know what’s going on,” one said. “our editors want to give us information, but i don’t think they even know.”ri






gothamist deleted negative coverage of its new owner


dnainfo, the local-news organization owned by right-wing billionaire joe ricketts, announced today that it has purchased gothamist llc, a network of web sites covering cities from new york to los angeles. (in advance of the acquisition, dnainfo laid off a slew of experienced editors and reporters.) at some point either before or after the acquisition, jezebel has learned, gothamist deleted critical coverage of ricketts from its new york and chicago sites.the acquisition was first reported by politico, followed by an announcement on gothamist. the news came as a shock to dnainfo reporters, two of whom spoke to jezebel on the condition that their names not be used. “nobody seems to know what’s going on,” one said. “our editors want to give us information, but i don’t think they even know.”ri






cubs open new wrigley field plaza ahead of monday's home opener


the cubs unveiled their new wrigley field plaza this morning."today we celebrate the 2016 world series championship and the opening of the park at wrigley,"  cubs president of business operations crane kenney said at today's ribbon-cutting ceremony at the plaza on the west side of wrigley field.“our vision was to create a neighborhood center where families, fans and visitors can find entertainment, unique and local food options and daily attractions in an urban park setting,” kenney said.mayor rahm emanuel was also at the event and said: "thank you for the memories of 2016."today at 3:05, the park at wrigley will show game 7 of the world series.the cubs haven’t played a home game as defending world series champions since 1909. so there will be plenty of festivities commemorating their cham






cubs world series ring ceremony


cubs vs. dodgerschris sweda / chicago tribunecubs chairman tom ricketts shows off his 2016 world championship ring.cubs chairman tom ricketts shows off his 2016 world championship ring. (chris sweda / chicago tribune)see more galleries






cubs close door on possibility of sammy sosa return


whatever chance sammy sosa had of reconciling with the cubs apparently is over.according to multiple sources, sosa’s comments in an interview with blogger chuck wasserstrom were deemed so bizarre it convinced the organization to close the door on the possibility of ending his 13-year exile.in the interview tuesday with wasserstrom, a former cubs media relation employee, sosa compared himself to jesus christ when asked about speculation he’d used performance-enhancing drugs, while also pointing out that “not even mr. cub ernie banks” hit as many home runs as him.but sosa said if the cubs invited him back, he’d say yes. he has not returned since walking out on the team on the final day of the 2004 season.“why not?” he said. “one day, if they invite me, a lot of people will be very happy abou






cubs home opener gets underway at wrigley field


the opening night ceremonies at wrigley field began after 8 p.m. after rainy weather that eventually passed through the area. the cubs are expected to play their home opener monday night against the dodgers.in a somewhat strange twist, starting pitcher jon lester will bat ninth. cubs starters have batted eighth in each of their first six games.javier baez will make his fifth start at second base. manager joe maddon said his lineup was a tribute to the 2016 world series.here's the cubs' lineup against left-hander alex wood:schwarber lfbryant 3brizzo 1bzobrist rfrussell sscontreras cheyward cfbaez 2blester pcaptionthe park at wrigley openstom ricketts opens the park at wrigley before the home opener on april 10, 2017. (nancy stone / chicago tribune) tom ricketts opens the park at wrigley bef






cubs home opener ceremony gets underway at wrigley field


the opening night ceremonies at wrigley field began after 8 p.m. after rainy weather that eventually passed through the area. the cubs are expected to play their home opener monday night against the dodgers.in a somewhat strange twist, starting pitcher jon lester will bat ninth. cubs starters have batted eighth in each of their first six games.javier baez will make his fifth start at second base. manager joe maddon said his lineup was a tribute to the 2016 world series.here's the cubs' lineup against left-hander alex wood:schwarber lfbryant 3brizzo 1bzobrist rfrussell sscontreras cheyward cfbaez 2blester pcaptionthe park at wrigley openstom ricketts opens the park at wrigley before the home opener on april 10, 2017. (nancy stone / chicago tribune) tom ricketts opens the park at wrigley bef






cubs' opening ceremony delayed - chicago tribune


the opening night ceremonies at wrigley field will be delayed due to impending weather that is expected to pass shortly in time for the cubs to play their home opener monday night against the dodgers.in a somewhat strange twist, starting pitcher jon lester will bat ninth. cubs starters have batted eighth in each of their first six games.javier baez will make his fifth start at second base. manager joe maddon said his lineup was a tribute to the 2016 world series.here's the cubs' lineup against left-hander alex wood:schwarber lfbryant 3brizzo 1bzobrist rfrussell sscontreras cheyward cfbaez 2blester pcaptionthe park at wrigley openstom ricketts opens the park at wrigley before the home opener on april 10, 2017. (nancy stone / chicago tribune) tom ricketts opens the park at wrigley before the






cubs' opening ceremony delayed - chicago tribune


the opening night ceremonies at wrigley field will be delayed due to impending weather that is expected to pass shortly in time for the cubs to play their home opener monday night against the dodgers.in a somewhat strange twist, starting pitcher jon lester will bat ninth. cubs starters have batted eighth in each of their first six games.javier baez will make his fifth start at second base. manager joe maddon said his lineup was a tribute to the 2016 world series.here's the cubs' lineup against left-hander alex wood:schwarber lfbryant 3brizzo 1bzobrist rfrussell sscontreras cheyward cfbaez 2blester pcaptionthe park at wrigley openstom ricketts opens the park at wrigley before the home opener on april 10, 2017. (nancy stone / chicago tribune) tom ricketts opens the park at wrigley before the






cubs hold 2-0 lead in 4th


cubs 2, dodgers 0 (fourth inning) after a one-hour, 56-minute rain delay, the cubs embarked on the home portion of their 2017 season with a 2-0 lead over the dodgers in the bottom of the fourth inning. jon lester has struck out six in four innings.at the plate: manager joe maddon batted his starting pitcher in the ninth spot for the first time. but it was leadoff batter kyle schwarber who drew a walk off starter alex wood with two out in the third and scored on a double by kris bryant.on the mound: lester has needed 66 pitches to get through the first four innings, but he’s earned three of his strikeouts on called third strikes.in the field: catcher willson contreras threw out franklin gutierrez on a steal attempt in the second, and second baseman javier baez made a diving stop to retire c






cubs curious about effects of bullpen switch


due to the pre-game rain at wrigley field, the cubs players didn’t get a chance to become accustomed to the new field conditions, which include less foul territory down the lines where the bullpens used to exist.the lack of a bullpen on the field wasn’t a problem for ben zobrist, he theorized, because there was no pitching mound to contend with.“that’s easier,” zobrist said. “there’s less over there to worry about. in the outfield, you’ve got to be even more careful when you’re getting back to that part.”the new bullpen doors are made of tinted green plexiglass so that fans looking at it from the outside will see a green under armour ad while the players inside can see the action, albeit with a green tint.which is easier to bang into, bricks or glass?“the ivy usually (cushions), from what






cubs curious about effects of bullpen switch


due to the pre-game rain at wrigley field, the cubs players didn’t get a chance to become accustomed to the new field conditions, which include less foul territory down the lines where the bullpens used to exist.the lack of a bullpen on the field wasn’t a problem for ben zobrist, he theorized, because there was no pitching mound to contend with.“that’s easier,” zobrist said. “there’s less over there to worry about. in the outfield, you’ve got to be even more careful when you’re getting back to that part.”the new bullpen doors are made of tinted green plexiglass so that fans looking at it from the outside will see a green under armour ad while the players inside can see the action, albeit with a green tint.which is easier to bang into, bricks or glass?“the ivy usually (cushions), from what






cubs curious about effects of new bullpens under bleachers


because of pregame rain at wrigley field, cubs players didn't get a chance monday to become accustomed to the new field conditions, which include less foul territory down the lines where the bullpens used to be. the lack of bullpens on the field, ben zobrist pointed out, means no pitching mounds to contend with."that's easier," zobrist said. "there's less over there to worry about. in the outfield, you've got to be even more careful when you're getting back to that part."the new bullpen doors are made of green plexiglas so that fans looking at them from the outside will see a green under armour ad, while the players inside can see the action, albeit with a tint.so which is easier to bang into, bricks or glass?"the ivy usually (cushions), from what travis wood said," zobrist said, referring






cubs pick 'that's cub' as 2017 slogan


patrick m. o'connellcubs chairman tom ricketts said monday that the team plans to work with city officials to put together an attractive bid to host baseball's 2020 all-star game at wrigley field."hopefully we'll be able to sit down with the city here over the next few months and iron out what it takes to be the leading... (patrick m. o'connell)






ricketts says cubs will work with city on bid for 2020 all-star game


if you've ever enjoyed your seats at wrigley field so much that you wanted to take them home with you, now's your chance.the cubs are selling 2015 and 2016 seats removed from the ballpark during the ongoing renovations. seats will be available as two-seat sets and will be authenticated with major... (tim bannon)






tom ricketts leaving tough decisions about jake arrieta to theo epstein


the riches and notoriety of winning a world series may go only so far in retaining marquee players such as jake arrieta."that's a theo and jed decision," chairman tom ricketts said saturday in referring to president theo epstein and general manager jed hoyer after addressing his cubs players before saturday's first full-squad workout was postponed because of rain."they have the right perspective on what they have to put a great team on the field this year but have a longer term perspective in realizing decisions that affect this year might hurt us in a few years."i'll leave it up to them. i imagine they have a strategy around that."arrieta represents the first major free-agent decision the cubs may make since transforming the once-downtrodden franchise into world series champions.the cubs






morning spin: rauner compares state government to last-place 2013 cubs


welcome to clout street: morning spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from chicago to springfield. subscribe here.topspingov. bruce rauner drew a comparison between springfield and the chicago cubs on wednesday, saying state government needs to follow the team’s footsteps and rebuild itself.rauner’s comments came in a facebook live event with cubs chairman tom ricketts. rauner commended ricketts for turning a team with one of the worst records in baseball into world series champions.“sometimes i feel like we in the state of illinois with our government, we’re the cubs in about 2013 or something,” rauner said. “we’re going through restructuring and the transformation. we need to do the same thing, and maybe a couple years from now, illino






cubs chairman tom ricketts hoping for patriots-like stretch of domination


it started out seven years ago trying to win the national league central.now the ricketts family wants the world.after addressing the full squad saturday at the cubs' spring training complex, chairman tom ricketts said he would like the team one day to be considered "one of the great sports organizations in the world."they took their first step toward that goal in november, winning the world series for the first time since 1908. succeeding on an annual basis is something ricketts believes is attainable."what separates a really good team from a truly great team is the consistency of results," he said. "we've won one world series. hopefully we'll be in the mix for many years. that's what you associate success with. if you look at the yankees of 15 years ago, the patriots of today, they're ju






orange lutheran wins its opener in north carolina


aided by a four-run fourth inning, orange lutheran won its opening game of the national high school invitational in cary, n.c., on wednesday, defeating florida merritt island, 7-3.tristan hanoian finished with three hits. caleb ricketts had three rbi.the lancers (9-1) are joining south hills, huntington beach and dana hills playing in the tournament.






cubs, dodgers tied 2-2 in ninth inning


cubs 2, dodgers 2 (ninth inning) after a one-hour, 56-minute rain delay, the cubs’ patience became more tested monday night after they blew a 2-0 lead as they’re tied with the dodgers 2-2 after eight innings at chilly wrigley field.at the plate: the cubs have managed only one hit since willson contreras hit a single with no outs in the fourth. albert almora hit a double to lead off the seventh but was stranded at third.on the mound: jon lester limited the dodgers to four hits while striking out seven in six innings, but carl edwards jr. and pedro strop were plagued by control issues. edwards walked two without retiring a batter in the seventh.in the field: a throwing error by shortstop addison russell while trying to complete a double play enabled the dodgers to score the tying run in the






cubs' ring ceremony saturated with history


it was fitting that the chicago cubs will distribute 1,908 rings and pins to cubs players, coaches, ownership, executives, front office associates, ballpark staff, partners and hall of fame alumni.the 1,908 number represents 1908 - the year the cubs won their last world series title before last november.the cubs unveiled their rings, which had plenty of pizzazz and history, during a ceremony prior to wednesday night's game against the los angeles dodgers.the ricketts family, led by chairman tom ricketts, led the presentation. president theo epstein received the largest ovation from the sellout crowd at wrigley field, where jake arrieta and javier baez quickly put on their rings.commissioner rob manfred attended the ceremony, and 20 fans selected from a contest presented the rings to player






new plaza outside wrigley field envisioned as neighborhood's town square


the cubs brought game 7 of the world series to wrigley field on monday.and this time not even rain could cause a rain delay.despite a somber gray sky and occasional sprinkles, fans were able to relive the franchise's first championship since 1908 before the home opener against the dodgers, thanks to the park at wrigley, a plaza that opened monday afternoon and abuts the still-being-renovated stadium on north clark street.a large video screen on the team's new office building facing the plaza showed the cubs' historic 10-inning victory against the indians at progressive field and showed off part of the third phase of the $750 million project 1060. fans again cheered dexter fowler's leadoff home run and bemoaned rajai davis' tying shot.earlier monday, cubs officials, including chairman tom r






wrigley field plaza will feature cubs store, tavern-style restaurant


the plaza outside wrigley field will open for business on the morning of the chicago cubs' april 10 home opener, and the team's owners gave a look at the initial tenants — including a new flagship cubs store and restaurant — on wednesday.the park at wrigley, part of the ricketts family's redevelopment of the ballpark and surrounding area, fills a triangular spot adjacent to the ballpark between clark street and waveland avenue.it's meant to be a "town square" outside the ballpark, hickory street capital, a real estate development company owned by the ricketts family, said in a news release wednesday. but tenants also will be looking to make the most of the cubs' popularity after the team's historic championship 2016 season.a two-story flagship cubs store will sell team gear, apparel and me






trump state visit ‘very difficult’ for queen


theresa may’s offer of a state visit to u.s. president donald trump was “premature” and has put the queen in a “very difficult position,” a former head of britain’s foreign office said in a letter to the times. lord ricketts, a former national security officer who headed up the foreign office between 2006 and 2010, said…






cubs' kyle schwarber eager to re-train eyes, legs behind the plate


after returning to catching friday for the first time in nearly 11 months, kyle schwarber knows there's more to getting re-acclimated to the position than just testing his surgically repaired left knee."it’s going to be limited," schwarber said sunday morning at the chicago cubs' rain-soaked spring training complex. "my role right now is going to be most likely the third catcher. i got willson (contreras) and miggy (montero) ahead of me. i got to be ready at any time to come in from left field to maybe catch or give those guys a blow."it’s not like i’m going to be the everyday starter. it’s just for me to be prepared for that. i got to do some work. that’s why i’m trying to get back there and see some pitches, get my eyes retrained again."schwarber said he employed a catching style last se






cubs' jason heyward unaware of popularity of world series speech


jason heyward's speech during the game 7, 10th-inning rain delay was so popular that lego included it as part of its version of the 2016 world series.but the cubs' right field was unaware of the lego version as well as the popularity of his speech.“surprised?" heyward said saturday morning. "i don’t know. i never thought about it like that. it was just a moment where you feel like you need to say what you need to say. i would have been pissed off if i didn’t say it at the time."but as far the excitement from it, no. i feel like every other detail that our fan base can find, not just winning the world series but any moment, they look for something positive and they get excited about it. they don’t take it for granted. so that’s what’s awesome about cubs fans and hang the w after every game.






karan johar speaks about his fear


karan johar speaks about his fearfilmmaker karan johar, who recently made a lot revelations about his personal as well as professional life in his autobiography an unsuitable boy, said that he gets linked up with every man he is spotted with. he reveals, “i’m afraid to go out for dinner with another man because the paparazzi reaches everywhere and if you go out for dinner with a man, you’re sleeping with him. because two men can’t be out for dinner just as friends.”






david rollins finds relief with cubs after offseason in flux


spending the first four days in spring training camp with the cubs feels like a pleasant eternity for left-hander david rollins.rollins, 27, was a non-roster invitee after clearing waivers following the cubs' decision to designate him for assignment on feb. 8 after acquiring pitcher alec mills from the kansas city royals.prior to that time, rollins had been claimed on waivers five times during a span of five weeks, starting with the cubs (nov. 18), texas (nov. 22), philadelphia (dec. 2), texas (dec. 21) and the cubs again (dec. 23)."(relief) is the perfect word," said rollins, who pitched over parts of two seasons with seattle. "going into this offseason, i really was expecting a move, or maybe two, but not six. i got a bit frustrated for a little while, then i ended up clearing waivers an






this time-lapse captures the awe-inspiring power of lava flowing into the ocean:


any seasoned landscape p og her can tell you that the moment spent actually pressing the shutter is just the tip of the iceberg – hours and even days are spent planning, getting into position and waiting for the right conditions. so the story behind jack fusco's impressive new time-lapse, 61g ocean entry, might be familiar to landscape p o veterans.fusco and team traveled to hawaii's big island hoping to capture a somewhat rare occurrence: lava flowing into the pacific ocean from kilauea volcano. the goal was to capture a time-lapse of the stars along with the spectacular light show created by the flowing lava meeting ocean water.if you watch the video above and you'll see that fusco's mission was a success, but the behind-the-scenes story is equally fascinating. a rainy forecast and logis