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Young Cubs take down long time nemesis with historic win at Wrigley Field

By: Kiersten Ehr |SportsChic|

Chicago Cubs fans will forever remember the celebration that went down at Wrigley Field on October 13th, 2015.

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Photo Credit @Cubs

The Cubs crushed their curse and clinched their first postseason series at Wrigley Field for the first time over the divisional rival the St. Louis Cardinals.
(Cubs won 6-4 in game 4 of the NLDS /National League Divisional Series/)

//I’m pretty sure the astronauts in space could have heard the Cubs fans at Wrigley last night it  was that intense//

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Photo Credit @Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have NOT won a World Series since 1908.

Yes you heard me right. That’s a difference of 107 years people. That’s nuts.
How do people still call themselves Cubs fans after what some call as a hopeless franchise? It’s simple.

The Cubs are the Cubbies.
The Cubs have such rich history and a reputation that gains respect nationally and internationally.
Yes the Cubs get made fun of for having a “curse” BUT look at them now.
The Cubs are on their way to the NLCS (National League Championship Series. That’s the series before the World Series stretch).


(YouTube video from Back to the Future Part II)


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what’s next: CUBS will play Saturday, Oct. 17 NLCS Game 1: at either Mets/Dodgers (TBS)

Flash back- Kiersten with her dad in 2004 at Wrigley Field

Until the next time,
I’m Kiersten Ehr

Meet The Milwaukee Brewers New Manager Craig Counsell: The Man With An Incredible Baseball Background

By: Kiersten Ehr

a great baseball story:

Since I was a little girl around the years of 2004, 2007-2011 Craig Counsell played for TobyMac 499the Milwaukee Brewers with a humble smile and carried a rare personality trait even when his team was losing. In the dug-outs I would watch Craig on the t.v. cheer on his teammates and picked them back up with confidence (the playoffs with Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun was something to see- the “Brew Crew” were the dream team to me).

My Family Connection Tied To Craig Counsell: 

My grandfather “Boppa”

The story begins in Milwaukee, Wisconsin–you know that state known for the “best” cheese and the legendary Green Bay Packers- well in a little town of Whitefish Bay on the lake front of Lake Michigan my dad played in softball intramural with Craig Counsell’s dad John Counsell in 1988-1989 in the fields behind the Whitefish Bay high school where Craig Counsell grew up.

My grandfather, Dick Ehr, also played golf with John Counsell for the annual Notre Dame alumni meetings in Milwaukee. My grandfather I call “Boppa” would brag to me “oh yeah I played golf with Craig Counsell’s dad”. It was pretty awesome as a little girl to hear that.

My cousin Kelsy and I at a Brewers vs. Astros game 2011.

Irish Proud:
Photo Credit: Wisconsinelite

John Counsell and Craig Counsell are both Notre Dame graduates and get this— they both were the captains on the baseball team when they were in school– This is a first in Notre Dame history— never has a father and son been the captains for the baseball team.

Father like son… I think yes.

Craig Counsell Stats at Notre Dame
  • Led the Irish baseball team to national recognition in the early 1990’s
  • Four-year career including a .306 batting average
  • 204 runs scored
  • 166 RBI
  • 50 doubles
  • Twice as many walks (166, still most in the ND record book) as strikeouts (82)
  • MVP as a senior
  • 14 professional draft picks
  • Named to the 1992 NCAA all-Atlantic Regional team, after captaining the Irish to within a game of the College World Series

    Craig’s Major League Experience:

Photo Credit: Brewers

The famous Craig Counsell baseball stance: 
If you have never seen Craig bat then look at these pictures. It is ridiculously awesome at how he pulled this off while making great hits.

As a Native Texan Brewer fan I couldn’t be more excited for Craig Counsell and the Milwaukee Brewers franchise. The moment I turned on ESPN and found out he was the new face of the team leadership I knew that the team was in good hands. A big congratulations to Craig Counsell on his continuing career in baseball.

Photo Credit: Brewers


Pro baseball is back in action tonight

“There are only two seasons- winter and baseball.” -Bill Veeck

Let the spring baseball fever begin. Baseball fans can now take a sigh of relief as the MLB (Major League Baseball) season is finally here tonight. After waiting since last October in the playoffs watching the San Francisco Giants win the pennant, fans all over the league can grow in excitement and anticipation over the long baseball season.

Why baseball?

Baseball is just like any other sport. Baseball can bring families, friends, peers, co-workers together in conversation, viewing, and even in attending ball games. I grew up watching sporting events with my dad since that was our way of bonding. Baseball is a great sport to take the family to on a lovely spring or summer day. Fans can grab some hot dogs and even tail gate if lucky. Yes watching baseball games takes patience and even more endurance if a game goes over three hours long and sometimes into extra innings. However, this game has been around in American culture for well over a century (Invented in America 1845). If you have never been to a pro ball game or watched a game now is the time to get a new taste for an American classic.

The MLB season consists of:

  • 162 games for each of the 30 teams in the American League & National League
  • Played over approximately 180 days
  • A total of 2430 games
  • Season runs through early April to late September, followed by the October postseason

Opening night at a glance

The St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois. The game will be telecast on ESPN2 @7:05 P.M CDT. This will be the first regular season game of the year and also it’s Easter Sunday. Eager fans can gather around the television and watch this historic rivalry face off. In this rivalry the Cubs and Cardinals have played a total of 2,344 games. Chicago holds the winning record over St. Louis with  (W) 1,189-1,136(L). The Cardinals won the last four series vs. the Cubs.

This is not the season to underestimate the Chicago Cubs. They have not won the World Series since 1908—— but the Cubs have a new pitcher that has sparked headline interest. Jon Lester is a 31-year-old  starting pitcher (from the Boston Red Sox) that has signed with the Cubs for a six-year, $155 million deal. While with the Red Sox, Lester has won 2X World Series, 3X All Star (2010, 2011,  2014), win-loss record 116-67, strikeouts 1,457 and an ERA (earned run average) of 3.58.

The good old Wrigley Field


Wrigley Field. This name sparks conversation amongst baseball fans with great pride. The Chicago Cubs home is the second-oldest ball park in the MLB right behind Boston’s Fenway Park. Built in 1914, Wrigley hosted some of the greatest baseball figures in history— Babe Ruth (the ‘Great Gambino’). The vines on the outfield wall are from 1937! Tourists visit this little spot of heaven in Chicago who don’t even like baseball—- why you might ask? Simply because it can be a bragging right. You can say “I’ve been to Wrigley Field.” In fact I’ve been  to Wrigley Field.

My dad and I on top of Wrigley Field

I have followed the Chicago Cubs & Milwaukee Brewers since my family is based in the dairy land (Wisconsin) and I remember waking up each morning reading the box score summaries of my favorite teams and players. Baseball fans enjoy predicting who will win the the next World Series in October. So what are you waiting for? Who do you predict? I’ve got the Washington Nationals.

“A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.” – Humphrey Bogart