Wrigley Field Renovation with Danny Rockett – Podcast Episode 6.42

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IMG_6818On this week’s episode of They Ivy Envy Podcast, I’m joined by podcast listener, Danny Rockett. The Wrigley Field renovation is underway, and Danny goes to Wrigley on a daily basis to check on the progress. Since we, and many of our listeners are hours from Wrigley, we thought it’d be good to get Danny on to talk about the construction at Clark and Addison.

You can follow Danny on Twitter – @SonRanto

Here are a few more of Danny’s pictures and a mesmerizing video he filmed as the bleachers came down.


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“I Can’t Wait to Forget This” – Podcast Episode 6.41

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Welcome to the 278th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.

It’s been a fairly quiet off-season for Cubs fans, so far. With baseball still being played, the free agent market hasn’t taken off yet. The Cubs held a season ticket-holders meeting and we talk about the topics that were brought up, by the Cubs and the fans in attendance.

The Arizona Fall League is underway and the Cubs have a handful of players participating. Although the “small sample size” disclaimer applies to the stats right now, we look at how the players are doing for the Mesa Solar Sox.

We go through this week’s listener questions and read some internet muscle flexes.

Review of 2014 Season Predictions – Episode 6.40

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThis week’s episode is one that we really look forward to every year. Michael from Galesburg joins us…and does all of the work by going back and listening to our season prediction episode.

We have a clear winner between the three of us in the predictions this season. Here are the players and stats that we weighed in on:

Mike Olt RBIs – Over/Under is 80
Anthony Rizzo Batting Average – Over/Under is .270
Jeff Samardzija Wins – Over/Under is 13
Rick Renteria Ejections – Over/Under is .5
First Trade of the Season – Before/After May 1
More MLB HRs This Year – Barney, Baez, Travis Wood
Date Samardzija is Traded – Before/After July 4
Kris Bryant 1st MLB At-Bat – Before/After September 3, 2014
Starlin Castro Errors – Over/Under is 21
Will Any Cubs Pitchers Have Double Digit Win Totals?
Total Cubs with BA of at Least .275 with 350 ABs – Over/Under is 2
Players on Cubs Big League Roster in 2014 – Over/Under is 55.5
Junior Lake HRs – Over/Under is 10
Junior Lake RBIs – Over/Under is 70
Jason Hammel’s Win Total – Over/Under is 7
Jason Hammel’s ERA – Over/Under is 3.25
Mike Olt’s Strikeout Total – Over/Under is 120

Michael is one of the hosts of The Awesome 80’s Podcast. If you were a child of the 80’s or enjoy 80’s pop culture, you will enjoy Michael’s podcast.

“It took me so long to remember Jon Lester is a guy.”
– Episode 6.39

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastTheo Epstein conducts his end-of-the-season press conference and we comment on his remarks. He said some things that should be very encouraging for Cubs fans. It’s the first time we’ve heard this front office talk about contending for the division.

We answer a slew of listener questions, Andy gives us an Asshat of the Week and we read Internet Muscle Flexes.

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#NationalPodcastDay – Podcast Episode 6.38

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TeachPodcast-300x250-grayThe Cubs season has ended, but we have a bonus episode for you this week…and we don’t talk about the Cubs at all. Tuesday, September 30th is National Podcast Day. Obviously, podcasting means a lot to us and we use this opportunity to talk about this medium that has connected us with so many incredible Cubs fans.

We talk about how we discovered podcasts, we share the history of The Ivy Envy Podcast and talk about our favorite podcasts. We also give you a few things that you can do to spread the word about podcasting on National Podcast Day. We’d love to hear about your favorite podcasts. Leave a comment below to share them with us.

Cubs 2014 Season Wrap-Up – Podcast Episode 6.37

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastOn this, the 274th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we wrap up the Cubs 2014 season, which ended today. We talk about the positives and negatives performances (team and individual player) this season. We each give a scary stat of the season, name an Asshat of the Season, give our picks for the playoffs and read some internet muscle flexes.

If you found our podcast this season, thank you so much for finding us. We continue this podcast during the off-season and we will keep you up to date with all of the Cubs news.

Arrieta and Apiary – Podcast Episode 6.36

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThe 2014 season begins to wind down on this, the 273rd episode of the Ivy Envy Podcast. Right now, about the only thing that excites Cubs fans is Jake Arrieta near no-hitters. We talk about his pitching performance against the Reds, his performance this season and his chances at being the #1 starter for the 2015 Chicago Cubs.

The anti-Arrieta has been Edwin Jackson. He comes back from injury and lasts 2/3 of an inning against the Dodgers. We talk about where things stand with Jackson and look at the Cubs’ options with Jackson in 2015.

This week brought a slew of changes in the Cubs minor league system. Boise, Kane County and Daytona were replaced by Eugene, South Bend and Myrtle Beach. The constant theme through these moves is the available facilities.

We answer listener questions, Kurt gives us a scary stat of the week and we read two internet muscle flexes.

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Making Waves – Cubs Heading to Myrtle Beach

cubs logoToday the Cubs announced that they are moving beaches as they take the High-A club from Daytona to Myrtle.

After two decades in the Florida State League, the Cubs are headed to the Grand Strand and the more hitter-friendly, less rainout-prone Carolina League. The clubhouse at TicketReturn.Com Field has been home to current Cubs such as Mike Olt, Justin Grimm, and CJ Edwards over the years and is located just a mile from the fun of Ocean Avenue.

After a dominant run to the Midwest League title, many of the Kane County Cougars of 2014 seem poised to call South Carolina home next season. Myrtle Beach is a worthy host; certainly a player-friendly (and fan-friendly, while I’m at it) place to spend a season with the Boardwalk just around the corner, food and drink aplenty and a more than bountiful collection of golf courses for the rare day off from the minor league grind.

Pelican’s Chairman Hank Greenberg was once a part of the Nolan Ryan ownership group of the Texas Rangers and saw Myrtle Beach switch affiliations from Atlanta to Texas four years ago. As Bleacher Nation reported earlier today, Greenberg’s son is now a part of the Cubs baseball operations department.

The move seems like a win for both parties, not to mention Cubs fans looking for a new vacation spot. The Cubs had a good run in Daytona, but a move away from the soggy Florida State League summers was surely a huge selling point for the development-first thinkers of Chicago’s front office.

A September to Misremember – Podcast Episode 6.35

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastA few weeks ago, we had high hopes for the month of September. The prospects were coming up and we were going to get a good glimpse at the 2015 Cubs. Things haven’t gone as planned and it’s been downright miserable. On this episode, we discuss where our heads are with the 2014 Chicago Cubs.

The Kane County Cougars are the 2014 Midwest League Champions and the Daytona Cubs come up short in the Florida State League playoffs. We talk about the impact this minor league post-season experience can have on players. We also briefly discuss the future of both of these teams in the Cubs organization.

We answer a handful of listener questions, Kurt gives a scary stat of the week, we read some internet muscle flexes and we pick a winner for this week’s photo caption contest.

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“Pretty Un-Olt-adox” – Podcast Episode 6.34

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastWe haven’t had any significant injuries to discuss in a while and on this episode, the 271st of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about the injuries to Castro and Rizzo. September looked to be real exciting as a good portion of the line-up was comprised of players that could be long-term pieces for the team. While we still get to see some of the young players, it is a bit disappointing that we won’t get to see a line-up with them and the “veterans”, Castro and Rizzo.

The rosters expand in September and we discuss the players that the Cubs have called up. Two Cubs minor league teams are still in the post-season and we check in on their runs for championships. We also can’t avoid talking about Mike Olt in this conversation.

It’s common to hear people talk about the Cubs being a dangerous team because they are “playing loose.” We talk about this idea and explain why we don’t really buy it. We also spend some time talking about the popular opinion going around baseball that the Cubs are the surprise team for 2015. Is it good to start putting premature expectations on this extremely young team?

Of course, we check in on Baez and Soler. We go through a handful of listener questions, Kurt gives us a Scary Stat of the Week and we read some internet muscle flexes.

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