The Cubs are one of baseball’s oldest franchises, tracing their tradition back to the 1870s. The early years of Chicago baseball were relatively successful. In 1885 and 1886 the then-White Stockings tied and lost in back-to-back World Series behind player/manager Cap Anson. At the turn of the century, Chicago found a reason to celebrate. The Cubs made four World Series in a five-year span, winning their only two titles in 1907 and 1908. Chicago has frequently put together very good teams, but has not achieved that elusive third World Series title. After five World Series appearances between 1929 and 1945, the Cubs suffered through a long playoff drought spanning 38 seasons. Finally, behind star second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the Cubs won the NL East in 1984, but were knocked out of the playoffs in the NLCS by the San Diego Padres. Sandberg made the playoffs once more in 1989, then Sammy Sosa led the Cubs to two playoff appearances in 1998 and 2003, but each time Chicago failed to advance to the World Series. The Cubs most recent playoff appearances were in 2007 and 2008, when in both seasons they lost in the Division Series round. Chicago has retired the numbers of six players from the club’s long history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Chicago Cubs baseball tickets.
2016 Chicago Cubs Season Preview
The 2014 season was another disappointing year for the Chicago Cubs. Chicago finished with a 73-89 record, leaving them under the. 500 mark for the 5th straight season. During the season the Cubs sent many of their top players away in hopes of building for the future, including ace pitcher Jeff Samardzija. But Cubs fans have a lot to look forward to in the 2015 MLB Season. The historic Wrigley Field is receiving major renovations that should make the stadium better than ever.
Also new for the Chicago Cubs in 2015 is the addition of Jon Lester. Lester has been one of the most dominate post season pitchers in the history of baseball and will look to help guide the young Cubs to a deep run into October. Chicago also brought back pitcher Jason Hammel, as well as Miguel Montero and Donn Roach. It will be hard to bet against the Cardinals to take the NL Central again in 2015, but don’t count these Cubs out. The leadership and talent of Lester might be just what the doctor ordered to push the Chicago Cubs back into the MLB Post Season.
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Chicago Cubs Baseball at Wrigley Field Address: 1060 W. Addison Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60613
The Cubs play their home games at historic Wrigley Field, located in Chicago, Illinois. When filled to capacity, Wrigley holds more than 41,000 Cubs fans. The oldest ballpark in the National League, Wrigley is unequivocally a must-see for any baseball fan. Head to the park to appreciate all the history that has taken place within the ivy covered walls. The Chicago Cubs dugout is on the Wrigley Field third base line in front of sections 12-16. Wrigley Field parking information is covered in our Cubs event guide.
Cubs Cardinals is one of the best sporting events in the country. Fittingly the clubs first met in the 1885 World Series, and have been battling back and forth ever since. Both teams are in the top 5 in NL pennants and are two of the most accomplished clubs in baseball. This is one of the few original rivalries that has remained a divisional rivalry throughout realignment. Attending a game in this series is on the list of every baseball fan, and a highlight of every season.
Cubs vs. White Sox
No baseball rivalry has divided a town like Cubs-White Sox. Known as the Crosstown Classic, residents of Chicago are broken up into two categories “North Siders” and “South Siders” based solely on allegiance to one of these teams. Played over 100 times since the first meeting in the 1906 World Series, this series is separated by only a few games. Baseball fans in the Midwest know this as one of the most fun matchups in interleague play, and it is probably the most exciting inner-city rivalry in baseball.
Cubs vs. Brewers
While many of the Cubs Rivalries are over a century old, the rivalry with the Brewers has only been around about a decade. The Brewers moved from the American League to the National League Central in 1998 and have been battling with the Cubs ever since. The rivalry really took off with both teams at the top of the division in the late 2000’s. Since then the Brewers and Cubs have very evenly matched, with the overall series only separated by only a few games.
Chicago Cubs in the World Series, National League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
As one of the original two charter members in the National League, the Chicago Cubs have been around since 1876. The Cubs have won two World Series titles in their history, but they haven’t won a championship since 1907. This drought is the longest current streak in North American sports. Throughout their history, they have won over 15 NL pennants and 4+ division titles and will look to add to that number in upcoming seasons.
Chicago Cubs Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Cubs game?
Gates open 2 hours before the first pitch at Wrigley field.
Where are good places to eat before a Cubs game?
Wrigley Field is located near some of Chicago’s best restaurants. The Dug Out Sports Bar & Grill, The Stretch Bar and Grill, and Rebel Bar & Grill are three of our favorite sports bars. Chicago is known for having unbelievable pizza places. Big G’s Pizza, The Art of Pizza, and Homeslice are all worth checking out. If you are looking to try something new, visit Dragon Lady Lounge. Dragon Lady has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options and has a fun atmosphere. Mexican food lovers should try Lindo Guadalajara, or Tony’s Burrito Mex. Other great places in the area are Sultan’s Market, Rustic House, and Paddy Long’s.
Where is the best place to park at Wrigley Field?
Parking at Wrigley is limited. There are a couple of parking lots located to the west of Wrigley field on the north and south sides of Waveland Avenue. Most of the available parking is on the north side of Grace Street at Clark and Seminary. Chicago has great public transportation options. The CTA Red Line is the best way to get to and from Wrigley. Trains are usually packed with Cubs fans and allow you to skip the hassle of finding a parking spot and fighting traffic.
Does my child need a ticket to attend the game?
Children 2 years old and younger are allowed to enter Wrigley Field without a ticket, but must sit on a guardian’s lap for the duration of the game. It is best practice to have proof of your child’s age with you to avoid any hassles at the gate.