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The Cubs 2012 season is underway. ESPNChicago's Sarah Spain is talking to fans about their expectations for the North Siders.

Hope springs eternal in Chicago

March, 14, 2012
3/14/12
1:42
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Spain By Sarah Spain
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Theo EpsteinJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesTheo Epstein helped the Red Sox win two titles. Can he do the same for the Cubs?
About this time every year, a few thousand Cubs reporters, bloggers and fans pen stories about their favorite baseball team. All of these stories are called "Hope springs eternal."

No really, you can look through the archives. Every single spring training story about the Cubs from the last hundred years or so is called, "Hope springs eternal." (I believe I'm responsible for at least two of them.)

It's not just a clever play on words, it's entirely apropos for a fan base that begins each year with a statistically improbable, factually unfounded and emotionally inadvisable belief that, "This is the year!"

The Cubs are like that great old pair of jeans from college you refuse to throw out. The button and the hole keep getting further apart but you bring them out of the closet each fall, just in case this is the year you can finally get 'em over your big ol' butt. It's a torturous process, but you never learn your lesson.

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Sarah Spain talks to Cubs fans at the 2012 Cubs Convention.


Sarah Spain talks with some Cubs about the club's new marketing slogan and the expectations of the Cubs' new management team.

Dempster uses laughs to help others

May, 2, 2011
5/02/11
5:47
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Spain By Sarah Spain
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Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster is usually the one making people laugh, thanks to his wild sense of humor. But an unexpected family event in 2009 tested his humor and his heart -- and changed the course of his life.

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A toast to Harry Caray

March, 2, 2011
3/02/11
9:54
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Spain By Sarah Spain
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CaraySarah Spain/espnW ESPN 1000's Harry Teinowitz, Dutchie Caray and Richard Dent lead a toast to Harry Caray.
As is the tradition every year on the anniversary of Harry Caray's birthday, fans all over the world raised a glass Tuesday night in honor of the beloved Cubs broadcaster. This year, they also paid tribute to legendary player and announcer Ron Santo, who passed away just this past December.

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ESPNChicago's Sarah Spain talks to Cubs fans about the hiring of Mike Quade as Cubs manager and what they think the move means for Ryne Sandberg.

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Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 31
RBIA. Rizzo 72
RA. Rizzo 83
OPSA. Rizzo .895
WJ. Arrieta 9
ERAT. Wood 4.86
SOJ. Arrieta 157