Great news: The Heckler's June issue has hit the streets. As usual, it's packed full of unbelievable Chicago sports news.
By running into an unnecessary out, losing a fly ball in the sun, and throwing a live ball into the stands with only two outs, Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley came tantalizing close to one of baseball's rarest statistical accomplishments in Friday's loss to Minnesota at Wrigley: Screwing Up for the Cycle.
White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen always looks forward to facing the Cubs this time of year. The crosstown matchups not only re-fuel his bitter rivalry, but give him incentive to berate his North Side adversaries.
The Cubs equipment management staff has been hard at work recently, as evidenced by the steel-plated Gatorade machine that debuted in the Wrigley Field dugout this weekend.
When the Sox head up to the Friendly Confines in mid-June, there will be more at stake than mere baseball bragging rights in Chicago. The winner of the series will also take 16th place in Tribune columnist Phil Rogers' MLB power rankings.
When news broke earlier today that Sammy Sosa tested positive for steroids in 2003, the Cubs announced they were honor the slugger with a statue next to that of Ernie Banks outside Wrigley Field. The statue features a muddied Sosa carrying a large syringe rather than a bat. It also refers to him as "Corky 'Roids."
On the eve of the Cubs-Sox series at Wrigley, the New York Times reported that former North and South side slugger Sammy Sosa was one of the 104 major league players to test positive for steroids in 2003. Zero percent of anyone across the nation were surprised by the news.