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Concessions highlight of Chicago baseball?

April, 1, 2014
Apr 1
3:25
PM CT
Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
ESPNChicago.com
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I spent Opening Day at Halas Hall, where the team's PR staff was kind enough to turn on the Pirates game, I mean Cubs game, for me before the Jared Allen press conference.

The night before I was tweeting out the names of some mixed drinks available at Wrigley Field this season for the park's 100th anniversary celebration. "Were those real drinks or were you making them up?" a Bears PR staffer asked.

As if I could come up with something as hilarious as, "1980's Electric Ryno Margarita: a blue margarita ... served with a light-up straw" or "2000's Playoff Punch: A Cosmopolitan-inspired punch."

Hold the playoff punch this year. The Cubs opened up the season with a thrilling 1-0 loss to the Pirates which saw them strike out 11 times and go 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

As for the White Sox, I was told there were long security lines to get into the Cell during their win over the Twins. If marketing kingpin Brooks Boyer was worth his reputation, he would've had his minions selling that new bacon-on-a-stick on the outside and new beer option Revolution Anti-Hero once the fans entered the park.

Do I have to do everyone's job for them?

Here are my predictions for the season: White Sox 78 wins, Cubs 70. Anyone want to take the O/U 148 wins?

Cubs, White Sox pass on raising prices

March, 31, 2014
Mar 31
10:56
AM CT
Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- After a combined 195 losses and cratering attendance in 2013, there wasn't any reason for Chicago's baseball teams to raise its prices in 2014.

In one of many smart offseason moves for both clubs, neither one did.

The White Sox held prices flat across the board, while the Cubs slightly lowered ticket prices, according to the 2014 Team Marketing Report Fan Cost Index, which was released Monday.

The Cubs remain baseball's third most-expensive ticket at $44.16, which is down 0.9 percent from last season. The Cubs haven't raised season-ticket prices since 2010, the Ricketts family's first as owners.

The Cubs have lost 197 games in the past two seasons, and the 100th season at Wrigley Field doesn't look too promising to reverse the trend.

After a miserable 99-loss season, the White Sox's average ticket price of $26.05 remains unchanged. With declining attendance, the Sox cut season ticket prices by a combined 39 percent in the previous two seasons.

The average Major League Baseball ticket is $27.93, a 2 percent increase from last season. The average "premium" ticket, which includes club seats, is $93.41.

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Chat alert: Bruce Levine at noon CT

September, 24, 2013
9/24/13
8:49
AM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
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ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine takes your Cubs and White Sox questions during a live chat at noon CT Tuesday. Click here to submit your questions.

Chat alert: Bruce Levine at noon CT

September, 17, 2013
9/17/13
8:55
AM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
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ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine takes your Cubs and White Sox questions during a live chat at noon CT Tuesday. Click here to submit your questions.

Chat alert: Bruce Levine at noon CT

September, 10, 2013
9/10/13
10:29
AM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
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ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine takes your Cubs and White Sox questions during a live chat at noon CT Tuesday. Click here to submit your questions.

Chat alert: Bruce Levine at noon CT

September, 3, 2013
9/03/13
10:03
AM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
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ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine takes your Cubs and White Sox questions during a live chat at noon CT Tuesday. Click here to submit your questions.

Chat alert: Bruce Levine at noon CT

August, 27, 2013
8/27/13
9:25
AM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
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ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine takes your Cubs and White Sox questions during a live chat at noon CT Tuesday. Click here to submit your questions.

Chat alert: Bruce Levine at noon CT

August, 20, 2013
8/20/13
9:03
AM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
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ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine takes your Cubs and White Sox questions during a live chat at noon CT Tuesday. Click here to submit your questions.

Chat alert: Levine talks Cubs, Sox at 12 CT

August, 13, 2013
8/13/13
11:24
AM CT
By Staff
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Bruce Levine enters the baseball chat room to discuss the Cubs and White Sox at 12 CT.

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Chat alert: Bruce Levine at noon CT

July, 30, 2013
7/30/13
8:40
AM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
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ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine takes your Cubs and White Sox questions during a live chat at noon CT Tuesday. Click here to submit your questions.

Chat alert: Bruce Levine at noon CT

July, 23, 2013
7/23/13
10:08
AM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
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ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine takes your Cubs and White Sox questions during a live chat at noon CT Tuesday. Click here to submit your questions.

Chat alert: Bruce Levine at noon CT

July, 16, 2013
7/16/13
9:34
AM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
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ESPNChicago's Bruce Levine takes your Cubs and White Sox questions during a live chat at noon CT Tuesday. Click here to submit your questions.

Insider: Five trades I'd like to see

July, 10, 2013
7/10/13
10:51
AM CT
Bowden By Jim Bowden
ESPNChicago.com
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With just 21 days left before baseball’s trade deadline, there’s already been a flurry of early activity.

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Ricky Nolasco, the Baltimore Orioles added Scott Feldman and the Washington Nationals traded for Scott Hairston.

A number of factors are compelling teams to try and close deals earlier: a dearth of sellers and surplus of buyers created by two extra playoff slots, new free agent compensation rules and international bonus slots that teams have been trading left and right.

Read the entire Insider article.

Chat alert: Levine on Cubs, Garza, Sox at 12

July, 9, 2013
7/09/13
11:22
AM CT
By Staff
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Bruce Levine enters the baseball chat room at 12 CT.

Submit questions here and come back for the chat.

Chicago teams headed toward changes

July, 9, 2013
7/09/13
1:39
AM CT
Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Cubs continued their 2013 dominance over the White Sox in an 8-2 blowout win on Monday evening. The Cubs completed the four-game sweep of the home-and-home matchup, sending the south siders to their 10th loss in 12 games.

But the series finale was mostly a sidebar to a presumed selloff by both clubs of their moveable assets. More than a dozen scouts were in the ballpark watching Cubs starter Matt Garza and any number of other Chicago players audition for jobs elsewhere.

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