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Defending World Champion Cubs Don Gold for Wrigley Field Opening Night

(GoldSilverBitcoin) Anthony Rizzo is a baseball star. He is possibly the face of Major League Baseball thanks to his role in ending the Chicago Cub’s 108 year drought and role as team star. So, it’s only fitting that on the night the Cubs raised the 2016 World Series Championship banner, Rizzo delivered his first RBI of the season to walk-off against the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Monday night.

Said Rizzo: “I’ll remember this day for as long as I play baseball.”

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Before the nailbiter of a game, the banner raising ceremony was delayed for nearly two hours due to inclement weather. The Wrigley Field video scoreboard replayed Game 6-clinching NLCS win over the Dodgers.


As the final out of Game 6 was recorded, it poured. The videoboard showed former Cubs catcher and member of 2016 championship team David Ross take the dance floor for Week 3’s competition on “Dancing with the Stars.”

The Cubs watched from the dugout.

The Cubs sported their gold-trim Cubs jersey, which has become a new baseball trend. The 2014 World Champion Giants, 2015 World Champion Royals and now the 2017 Chicago Cubs all wore gold-trimmed uniforms in their first homestand after a World Series victory.


Ben Zobrist missed out on wearing the Royal’s 2016 gold-trim jersey, though the Kansas City organization did send him one. He underscored the honor of wearing these jerseys and what the championship has done for the City of Chicago.

The “thank yous” are non-stop. “Recently I had a guy cry on my shoulder,” Zobrist said. “An officer from the city here.”

“Everyone needs to realize the significance of it, what it means for the organization and personally as we look back on that jersey,” Zobrist said. “We get to keep a lot of jerseys over the years, but that will be one of my favorites.”

The gold-trim jersey, which feature a gold border around the front logo, a world series commemorative patch on the right arm and a gold number and name on the back, were on sale in the Cub’s official team store for $198.

After the rain delay, the Cubs banner raising ceremony got under way. After 108 years, the former “Loveable Losers” were Champions of the World. All of the Dodgers were bundled up as lineups were announced, except for one: Clayton Kershaw. He wore just his short-sleeved gray jersey, just the same as he wore when he was rocked in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series when the Cubs beat the Dodgers 5-0.

After the defending World Champion Cubs had lined up one-by-one alongside the third base dugout, they made their way towards the center field brick wall to the roar of the crowd.

Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg raised the banner commemorating the 1907 championship. Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins raised the 1908 banner. Billy Williams raised the 2016 National League Pennant as the crowd awaited the final banner.

Then, the Chicago Cubs raised the 2016 “Champions of the World” banner. The members of the 2016 team pulled on it one-by-one. The banner had to be knocked up against the top of the flagpole a few times to fully unravel blow in the wind.

“I love banner-raising,” Cubs eccentric manager Joe Maddon said before the ceremony. “Rings are wonderful, but I love banner-raising. That’s symbolically there all the time. Every time a kid shows up at the park, he sees that banner.”

The Cubs entered the field through the center field wall. Rizzo, the organization’s longest standing MLB player, held the World Series Trophy high above his head. The Wrigley Field PA played “It’s a Long Way to the Top” by AC/DC.

“A lot of emotions seeing that video and raising the flag,” Rizzo told press after the game. “The fans deserve that. Ive been a little emotional lately for some reason thinking about all this, when they told me that, emotions ran and what an honor that is. “

Rizzo said that at one point during the night he was “fighting back tears.”

He noted: “I wasn’t expecting to get hit with that many emotions. It was amazing.”

Laura, Todd and Tom Ricketts, whose family own the Chicago Cubs, then threw out three first pitches.

The ESPN broadcast then cut to an interview with Maddon, who discussed the importance of bringing the widow of a mentor of his, as well as former Cubs manager, Don Zimmer. Zimmer’s wife, Soot, was in attendance, Maddon told ESPN viewers, by his request. He told her her late husband would be there – albeit in spirit – and so she should be, too.

The field was ready for the game. On the edge of the bases, gold plates with the World Series Champions logo shone for the camera. For one World Series hero in particular, this was the moment he’d been waiting for.

Kyle Schwarber missed most of the 2016 season – he did not record a hit during the regular season – due to a knee injury. Miraculously, doctors cleared him to be the Designated Hitter in the World Series and he played a key role in his team’s victory.

“I haven’t really got to play at home in a year so it’s really going to be special when I walk out to left and see people in the bleachers,” Schwarber said. “It’s going to be a bit of a family reunion, I guess.”

The temperature sank towards 40 degrees as the game wore on. The crowd, perhaps a bit grumpy after a long day, booed Cubs bullpen pitchers – Carl Edwards, Jr. and Justin Grimm – late in the game when they had trouble finding the strike zone.

Today the celebration continues in Chicago. Kris Bryant made took batting practice mid-day Tuesday – an off-day for the Dodgers and Cubs who resume series on Wednesday – in a Red Bull stunt.

Javier Baez, Cubs second basemen and only Puerto Rican on the 2016 championship squad, will be honored with the street “Javier ‘Javy’ Baez way” in Chicago’s Puerto Rico neighborhood.

The Cubs will wear the gold jerseys one more time, Wednesday, after they receive their Championship rings, which are said to feature 108 diamonds.

“The best part of last year is we all got to be part of something bigger than ourselves,” said Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein. “[We] feel connected to each other and the fans and the organization and the city.”

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Chicago Cubs Wear Gold Trim on Uniforms to Commemorate World Series Title

(GoldSilverBitcoin) To commemorate their 2016 World Series title – the first in 108 years – the Chicago Cubs will sport a uniform with gold for their first two home games of 2017. The first two games take place on April 10 and April 12 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Gold trim will wrap the C on the classic Cubs hat as well as the logo on front of their uniform. The names and numbers on back of the uniforms will also feature gold. The Cubs are not…

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The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals also wore gold touch for their first games after their first Series titles in 2014 and 2015.

In case you missed it, Kyle Schwarber posed as a model for the uniforms this past January.


Dave Mirra’s 24K Gold Bike Auctioned for $50,000

Dave Mirra’s 24-karat bike – which he rode in the X Games – was for sale on eBay for $50,000 but did not sell. It’s likely still available. It’s for sale by the guy who bought it from Dave Mirra. 

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“This is a bike that I bought directly from Dave Mirra after doing a polishing restoration article on it in BMX Plus Magazine years ago,” reads the ad. “I have owned this bike for years. The bike is real 24 carat gold plated for him by Haro for the X Gamrs. After almost a year went by as I was restoring his Dyno Slammer. I asked him why he never wanted the bike back he said he would pick it up in a few months and it wasn’t really one of his favorites since he crashed on it in his first run in X Games at Staples Center in Los Angeles where he couldn’t even make his second run. On that note I asked if he would ever consider and selling it and he said of course I would sell it to nobody but you Mark and we made a deal and that’s how it went down that I made payments over several months to him.


The ad continues: “It made him happy to see me bring it all over to shows and have everybody ride it and send Dave the fun pictures and that’s what really made him happy seeing his friends and fans on it. This bought to the continuation of this bike touring with me and his life for him through what I did with it… Now I can no longer do that with him gone. It’s a sad thing to look at on a daily basis chained with a 20 ton chain.”

Mirra believes “it’s time for me to let this prize of a bike or Holy Grail go to a good home, collector or a museum of some sort for the world to display.”

The bike has been unaltered. “When I originally got this from him it did have pitted surface rust on the bottom and the rear hoop wheel which was change sometime in the X Games contest and the tear in the seat was also there no it has damaged change this bike in any manner shape or form besides what are your sins gold-plated Hutch trickstar this is the Holy Grail and truly missed.. I am doing the right thing I don’t need any negative publicity or feedback this is my property and I’ll do as I please with it if it brings over x amount of dollars I would like to select a possible place to leave some funds that will help. THIS IS A PICK UP ONLY SALE WITH CASH.”

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Watch Bill Murray’s Best Appearances At Chicago’s Wrigley Field

Cubs win! Cubs win! 103 times this baseball regular season the Chicago Cubs won a baseball game, ultimately leading to their appearance in the 2016 World Series. The first World Series game featuring the Chicago Cubs since 1945. The team hasn’t won a World Series since 1998. Tonight, the first World Series game at Wrigley Field takes place at 7:08pm.

Famous actor and comedian Bill Murray, who was born in Chicago’s northern suburbs, has long been a fan of the Chicago Cubs, and will even sing the seventh inning stretch for the World Series game.

GoldSilverBitcoin did some deep research and put together – all in one place – Bill Murray’s best appearances at Wrigley Field.

On 8.8.88 – the first night game ever played at Wrigley Field – Harry opens up some Budweiser and says: “This Bud’s for you, Bill Murray.”  Harry asks about Bill’s mother and they discuss night baseball.

“I don’t know how I feel about night baseball…but it’s somewhere else to go in town other than your restaurant,” Bill tells Harry. Bill even says he might take Harry’s job.

“I think when I completely lose my mind here, I am gonna step up into your spot here in the booth.”

Bill will be singing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ at the World Series game. Here is one the famous comedian, known these days perhaps for his appearances in Wes Anderson films, dedicated to Harry, Jack and Gabby Hartman.

“Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks – and a beer!” Murray sings.

In the next video, Bill Murray is with Cubs broadcaster Steve Stone for a  pre-game interview. Taking over for Harry that day, Bill even stays in the booth, asking “who is this stiff walking into the box,” before Stone answers the question. In this video, you can see Murray taking mean swings. The pitcher almost beaned him.

“Rubber spikes is as good as it ever got for me,” he said.

Murray says he was baptised a Cubs fan.

Here Bill wants to take the game back for the people, away from the media, and almost sings the National Anthem from the crowd.

Here, Bill Murray appears in a wiffle ball game at Wrigley Field wearing an old time jersey. He can be seen in this CSN Chicago video with other famous movie and television stars.

Here Bill throws out the first pitch at a 2012 Wrigley field game. But, he does it a bit differently, first choosing to run around the bases before throwing out the first pitch.

And, finally, for the 2016 season, Bill hopes to break the curse of the Billy Goat.


Here’s The Medical Staff Who Green-Lighted Pitcher With Ten Stitches In Pinky

Ten stitches in his pinky after a freak drone accident, Cleveland Indians pitchers Trevor Bauer, 24, could not last through the first inning, lasting just two-thirds of an inning. Throwing mid-nineties fastball unsurprisingly ripped his most ulnar little finger apart as the blood became clearly seen to viewers on TV in a gruesome scene on Toronto’s mound, It surely earned the MLB broadcast more than the “NA” (not applicable) parental guidance rating.

As Fox Sports reported, Bauer had barely healed. In baseball, the sort of departmentalization popular in Wall Street corporations, as well in other industries, have led to different individuals being responsible for different aspects of overseeing players and staff. 

Along with Manager Terry Francona, Lonnie Soloff, 41, helped steer Cleveland Indians to the fateful decision to throw Bauer. In his third year as Senior Director of Medical Services for the Cleveland Indians, Soloff spent ten years as head athletic trainer. According to, “he leads the organization’s efforts in research and development pertaining to physical development, performance enhancement and injury prevention while assisting club executives in short-term and long-term injury risk assessments relative to strategic amateur and professional player personnel decisions.”

Soloff participates in clinical research and lectures. In 2007, he earned the Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year and Dick martin Awards. He served as the American League athletic trainer for the 2012 for MLB All-Star game.

Warning: Videos are graphic.

During the game, TBS interviewed Francona. “When I saw blood on the rubber, that’s not a good sign things are going well,” he said. “I told him to keep the ball it might be worth something. I tried to make light of the situation.”


As the Toronto fans cheered in a fit of schadenfreude, Bauer waved to them as a member of the Cleveland training staff patted his back. The scene makes you wonder if Bauer was subject in some sort of weird clinical trial to see just how far the pinky could be pushed! Hopefully everything heels well. Needless to say, Bauer is a “beast mode” in the spirit of sports machismo. 

This San Francisco Giant World Series Champion Cheers The Cubs

Tim Flannery led an accomplished Major League Baseball career. He was on the only two San Diego Padres teams since that franchise was incorporated in 1969 to go to the World Series, in 1984 as a utilityman and in 1998 as third base coach on a team which included the likes of Bruce Bochy at the helm and Tony Gwynn going deep at Yankee Stadium.

After Flannery and the Padres parted ways, Flannery focused more on music and coaching his son, Danny, at baseball, until in 2009 his old friend Bruce Bochy asked him to coach in San Francisco. After a rough 2009, Flannery wasn’t sure how long he’d last. But, in 2010, the Giants started a run which saw them win the World Series three times for the city on the Bay.

Earlier this week, the Giants lost to the Chicago Cubs, and Flannery – who is now an analyst for the Giants, MLB and leads his band, Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe – gave the team his blessing.

If the World Series were Today

The baseball season is a 162 game long, grueling marathon. Throughout the season, people mutter, “it’s just one game,” when their team loses. As the American League Wildcard game is set to take place to tonight between Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles, and the National League Wildcard game tomorrow between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets, what would the World Series look like if it started today?

The two best teams in Major League Baseball in 2016 were the Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers. The Chicago Cubs, who haven’t won a World Series since 1908, finished the season with a 103-58 record. Good enough for First in the NL central. The Texas Rangers finished the season with a 95-67. Good enough for first in the AL West.

The Rangers had an emotional event during the season, having said goodbye to Prince Fielder who doctors would not clear after a second spinal surgery. They also made headlines when Matt Bush beaned Jose Bautista then Rougned Odor punched him in the face at second base.

Celebrated manager Joe Maddon’s team cut through the league like butter, and cemented their potential fate only further when they went out and got closer Aroldis Chapman, who routinely throws harder than 100 MPH.

So, if the World Series were based on the two best teams from the Regular Season in each league, the game would be between the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs. The Texas Rangers made it to the World Series in 2010 and 2011, losing to the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals, respectively.

The headlines would read: Bryant, Rizzo, Arrietta, Lester square off against Beltre, Hammels and Gomez.

Instead of this game, though, tonight starts the American Wildcard Game. Tomorrow, the NL. Then, the playoffs to see which two teams will truly star in the 2016 World Series.

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