“Where you’re going to go when you die?” – Episode 7.81

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MillerPark_Tailgate_600x600Welcome to the 377th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. We’ve got a shorter episode for you this week. The big news of the week in Cubs-land was that the Cubs and Jake Arrieta avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing on a contract for 2016. Many Cubs fans wondered why the organization didn’t try to lock up Arrieta with a longer contract. We talk about the number that was settled on and some possible reasons a contract extension isn’t happening right now.

The Cubs brought back a familiar face in Matt Murton this week. Murton has been playing ball in Japan and returns on a minor league deal. We talk about his years with the Cubs, what he has accomplished in Japan and how the Cubs might plan to use him in 2016.

You have just a few more days to purchase your tickets to our Cubs/Brewers meet-up and tailgate in Milwaukee. Justin Jabs makes an appearance on the podcast to share why you should attend this event. You can purchase your tickets at http://ivyenvy.com/tailgate.

At the end of the show, we play some voicemail on your favorite Cubs memories from the 1980s.

We don’t say “hate” – Episode 7.80

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MillerPark_Tailgate_600x600On this, the 376th episode of the Ivy Envy Podcast, we’re mentally begin the march toward Spring Training.

MLB Pipeline has released it’s Top 100 MLB Prospect list and you’ll find several Cubs prospects on that list. We talk about the Cubs on the list and that leads us into a discussion about Spring Training non-roster invitees as two of those prospects were invited to Spring Training. We talk about all of the Spring Training dates and discuss the broadcast schedule.

We check in on the Jake Arrieta contract issue as arbitration hearings are scheduled in February. We share our opinions on how this will be resolved…or more accurately, how it won’t be resolved.

Speaking of contracts up-in-the-air, we check in on Dexter Fowler, who many believe may still end up with the Cubs.

At the beginning, we mention our Ivy Envy Cubs @ Brewers Meet-up and Tailgate. Tickets for this must be purchased by Friday, February 12th. To purchase yours, go to http://ivyenvy.com/tailgate

Ivy Envy Cubs @ Brewers Tailgate – July 23, 2016

MillerPark_Tailgate_600x600Ivy Envy will be heading up to Wrigley North for the July 23rd Cubs @ Brewers game. This event will be replacing our bus trip to Wrigley in 2016.

Miller Park opens their parking lot 3 hours before first pitch and allows tailgating. We will have a reserved tailgating area.

Tickets must be purchased by Friday, February 12th. You can purchase yours through the Paypal button below. Your $30 purchase includes a ticket to the Cubs vs Brewers game.

While this event is replacing the Ivy Envy bus trip, we will not be renting a bus. You’re responsible for your own transportation. And after the game, please transport yourself responsibly.

Tickets are no longer available for this event. It sold out.

80’s Cubs Baseball with The Awesome 80’s Podcast – Episode 7.79

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80sDuring the Cubs’ playoff run and right after the 2015 season ended, we talked on the podcast about the 2015 team being the most fun Cubs teams we had ever seen. Michael from Galesburg voiced his opposition immediately.

Since the last week was fairly uneventful in the land of the Cubs, we decided to invite Michael and his podcast co-host, Lawrence onto the podcast. Michael and Lawrence do The Awesome 80’s Podcast, so you can understand why the ’89 Cubs team holds a special place in Michael’s heart.

What you’ll hear is a wandering conversation about 80’s baseball movies, the Cubs in the 80’s, comparing the ’89 team to the ’15 team, some references to ’98 and ’03, and a side conversation about the history of Pekin High School.

Cubs Convention Interview with Scott Kornberg of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Episode 7.78

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myrtle-beach-pelicansOn this bonus episode of the podcast, we have an interview for you. I had the opportunity to talk with Scott Kornberg, the new radio broadcaster of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

Scott talks about some of the players Cubs fans may see with Myrtle Beach this year. He also talks about some unique aspects of the ballpark in Myrtle Beach and how it may impact the statistics of players of a certain profile.

Cubs Convention 2016 – Episode 7.77

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2016CubsConventionLogo-300On this, the 373rd episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we’re talking about Cubs Convention 2016. The event took place this last weekend in Chicago and Corey was there and he shares his experience from #CrazyHatLady to the Business Operations meeting, to a kid screaming how much he hates the Cardinals at Theo, Jed and the rest of the room to Cubs Bingo. We talk about it all.

Jake Arrieta and the Cubs have exchanged numbers and now have the task of coming to an agreement or going to arbitration. We’ll talk about how far apart the two parties are and how we think this will play out.

Here’s @CrawlysCubs video of #CrazyHatLady

Talking Cubs Prospects with John Arguello from Cubs Den – Episode 7.76

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John ArguelloOn this episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, I talk with John Arguello from Cubs Den. John recently published his Top 25 Cubs Prospects list and as we gear up for the 2016 season, we use this opportunity to look at some of the best players in the farm system, including some that may impact the 2016 Cubs.

Links mentioned in this episode:
Ivy Envy Fan Appreciation Day Blab
Cubs Den
Cubs Den on Facebook

Unzipping the Projections – Episode 7.75

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastOn this, the 371st episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we discuss the 2016 Cubs ZiPS projections that were recently released. You can find there here: 2016 Cubs ZiPS projections

We discuss what this projection system is and what it says about the 2016 Cubs. We will look at the individual position players and pitchers. In short, these projections will make you very excited about the 2016 Cubs.

Also mentioned in this episode: Baseball Prospectus 2016 Book

“…and I liked Ska.” – Episode 7.74

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastOn this, the 370th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about the Jason Heyward press conference. We talk about some of the reasons Heyward gave for picking the Cubs over other teams, including the Cardinals.

We also have several listener questions, ranging from questions about us to 2016 line-up and rotation questions.

Thed & Jeo – Episode 7.73

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IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastOn this episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we recap the INCREDIBLE last week in Cubs off-season moves.

Last week, the Cubs snatched John Lackey away from the Cardinals and this week, the Cubs convinced Jason Heyward to leave St. Louis for less money…and that doesn’t sit well with the best fans in baseball.

The Cubs also signed central Illinois native, Ben Zobrist (for less money than other teams offered).

The sad news of the week was that these signings were facilitated by the Cubs trading Starlin Castro to the New York Yankees. We talk reflect on the Starlin-era and share some scary stats and our favorite Castro memories.

Scott and Andrew from Bronx Pinstripes jump in to talk about Adam Warren.