Wrigley Field and Opening Night Talk with
Pat Nagle of Wrigleyville Nation – Episode 7.07


OpeningNightGameWatch_squareThanks for listening to the 304th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. Opening Night is just one week away. Cubs fans are more than ready for the 2015 season, but unfortunately Wrigley Field is not.

On this week’s episode, we talk with Pat Nagle, who is one of the co-hosts of The Wrigleyville Nation Podcast.

Pat is a Wrigleyville resident and describes what Wrigley Field and the neighborhood looks like a week before Opening Night. Pat also talks about what your Wrigley experience may be like if you plan to attend a Cubs game this season.

This is an interesting conversation because not only is Pat a Wrigleyville resident, but also a season-ticket holder and he has a strong grasp of neighborhood politics and the relationship between the Cubs and the neighborhood.

As Spring Training wraps up, there isn’t much up in the air as far as roster spots go, but two players and assignments that are very much in the general baseball discussion. Where will Javier Baez and Kris Bryant start 2015. Kris Bryant’s assignment seems very clear and although Baez has not played particularly well in Spring Training, it looks like he will most likely start with the Cubs.

Edwin Jackson is lost on and off the field. That’s about all that needs to be said about him.

If you are in the area and would like to watch the Cubs/Cardinals Opening Night game with us at Duffy’s in Galesburg, here is the Facebook event with the information.

Last week, we talked about the meet-up we will be doing at an Iowa Cubs game. We have changed the date to June 6th. We will be sharing more information on this event and other events this 2015 season over the next few weeks.

How to watch the 2015 Cubs in the Quad Cities

The Quad City Times reported earlier today that the local CW affiliate, KGCW, will be airing 24 Cubs games this season.  

This announcement effectively ends the concern many Quad Cities Cubs fans had over how they were going to be able to watch their favorite team this season.  Mediacom subscribers will find KGCW on channel 713, and it is channel 26 for OTA viewers.  

Also, Comcast SportsNet sent out a press release yesterday, stating that it will broadcast 87 games this season–“the most in network history,” and earlier this month, we reported that 45 games will be aired by WQAD’s My TV 8-3 substation.

The few remaining games out of the 162 will be split between ESPN and FOX.

***EDIT – 3:35pm***

Dave raises a great point. If you have DirecTV, you do not have WQAD’s 8.3 substation. I could not find anything that indicates DISH carries the station.

Crash Override Is Determining My Future – Episode 7.06


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading this week’s episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. We return from Spring Training and share what we saw during the six games in five games and at the backfields.

We start things off by discussing the topic all Cubs fans are talking about right now, Kris Bryant. We look at the comments others have made about the situation, from Scott Boras to Theo Epstein to the media to Bryant, himself. There are a lot of angles to look at, but our opinions haven’t changed and all signs point to the Cubs starting Kris Bryant 2015 in Iowa.

We spend most of this episode talking about things we saw at Spring Training. Between the regular games, the B-game, the backfields and spending a game in the broadcast booth, producing the Cubs.com broadcast with Mick Gillispie and Len Kasper, we have a lot to talk about.

Mick Gillispie Interview – Episode 7.05


GillispieOn Wednesday, we were invited to serve as audio engineers for the Cubs broadcast with Mick Gillispie and Len Kasper. It was an incredible experience and we will talk about it on the next episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.

After the braodcast was finished, we had the opportunity to interview Mick Gillispie. In addition to being one of the Spring Training voices of Cubs baseball, he’s also the broadcaster for the Cubs Double-A affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies.

We think you will enjoy this opportunity to get to know Mick a little better. Give him a follow on Twitter – @BroadcasterMick and listen to Mick broadcast the Smokies game on the MiLB mobile app, the TuneIn app or on MiLB.tv.

Tim Sheridan Interview – Episode 7.04


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastOn Tuesday, we had the opportunity to talk with the public address announcer for Cubs home Spring Training games, Tim Sheridan.

We have had Tim on the podcast several times and he’s one of our favorite people to interview for Ivy Envy.

We met Tim and his wife after Tuesday’s Cubs at a Sloan Park-area establishment for this conversation.

Tim talks about his personal public addressing style, the benefits of the new Spring Training facility on the organization and he shares some thoughts on Cubs players and the 2015 team.

Episode #300 from Spring Training – Episode 7.03


ST Meet-upWelcome to the 300th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. After 26 non-stop hours in a Toyota Corolla, Corey and Andy have arrived in Arizona for the Cubs Spring Training.

This is the first time we have been to Sloan Park and we talk about our impressions of the facility and what we saw both on the back fields and in the Spring Training game vs. the Reds today.

In the off-seasons, we try to implement changes and new things with IvyEnvy.com and The Ivy Envy Podcast. We have three items to share with you on the this episode.

We will be at Spring Training through Thursday evening. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates, photos and videos.

Leaving The Door Open For Coke – Episode 7.02


2014PodcastAwards_SquareWelcome to the 299th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast…that is the PODCAST AWARDS FINALIST, Ivy Envy Podcast. That’s right, all of you that nominated us in the Podcast Awards landed us in the finals.

We are up against some pretty tough competition: Dan Patrick, Matthew Berry of ESPN, Chris Jericho and Steve Austin. Voting is now underway and you can vote at PodcastAwards.com. You can vote once a day until May 24th. The Podcast Awards ceremony is in Las Vegas in April.

We have on-the-field baseball to talk about for the first time in months. On this episode, we talk about some of the individual performances that have caught our attention since Spring Training games started on Thursday.

We have some news for those listeners in our hometown Quad Cities. WQAD Channel 8 will be broadcasting 45 games (the WGN-9 broadcasts) on MyTV 8.3.

We also spend a chunk of this episode spelling out what you will get from us next week, from Spring Training. Episode #300, the Spring Training meet-up, Meerkat and more. It will be a good week in Arizona. Be sure to follow us on Twitter – @IvyEnvy as we will funnel everything through there at Spring Training.

If you’d plan to attend our meet-up at the Cubs/Diamondbacks game on March 19th, join the event here: Ivy Envy Spring Training Meet-up

If you’d like to support this podcast, you can do so by pledging on our Patreon campaign.

WQAD to Air 45 Cubs Games in 2015

Wqad_mytv_2012Good news, Quad City area Cubs fans–WQAD is planning to broadcast 45 Cubs games this season.  The games will be shown on WQAD’s My TV 8-3 sub-channel.  

According to the Quad City Times, the first broadcast will be the April 7th game against the Cardinals, and that game is a WGN-TV game.  

It would be surprising if the Quad City ABC affiliate would only get the WGN-TV games and not the ABC-7 games, so it is a safe bet that there will be another announcement about the remaining 25 games forthcoming.

***UPDATE – 8:26PM***
A WQAD representative has stated they will only carry the 45 WGN-9 broadcasts. They will not be airing the WLS ABC-7 games.

Ivy Envy Spring Training Meet-Up

ST Meet-upAndy and I will be at Spring Training from March 14th to get an in-person look at the 2015 Chicago Cubs. This has been another miserable winter and with our trip just days away and Cubs Spring Training games starting tomorrow, we can’t wait to get out to Arizona.

In addition to recording our 300th episode while we are out there, we will also be hosting a meet-up during the Cubs @ Diamondbacks. While this game isn’t a home game for the Cubs at Sloan Park, it is a night game and our last night at Spring Training, so we let’s wrap up the week strong.

We have created a Facebook event for the meet-up – Ivy Envy Spring Training Meet-up. If you are planning on attending, join the event and we can discuss the meet-up and any plans surrounding the event.

Ivy Envy Podcast Finalist in
10th Annual Podcast Awards

2014 Podcast Awards FinalistsWe’re thrilled to share that The Ivy Envy Podcast has been named a finalist in the 10th Annual Podcast Awards. This is the 2nd year in a row we have been named a finalist for this award.

Photo Mar 02, 7 00 07 AMWe’re so honored to be listed among some of the biggest names in sports podcasting, including Dan Patrick and Matthew Berry of ESPN. We’d like to thank all of you that supported us during the nomination period to help put us in the finals.

We thoroughly enjoy providing our listeners with consistent commentary on the Chicago Cubs, and we feel that this is recognition that would not be possible without our listeners. It’s more of a hat-tip to our community than it is the audio files we produce.

I will be representing Andy, Kurt and all of our listeners at the 10th Annual Podcast Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada in April. The ceremony will be hosted by Dennis Miller.

Podcast Awards Finals voting starts Tuesday, March 3rd. You can vote once a day for podcasts in all categories at PodcastAwards.com.