Sun, 11 December 2016
On this, our 459th episode, we talk about the Cubs World Series film that aired on FS1 last weekend and is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD. This video is special for Cubs fans because we didn't know if we'd ever get to watch one of these championship films on our favorite team. Well, now we have one and Corey and Andy discuss it on this episode.
Direct download: Episode_881.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49pm CDT
Sun, 4 December 2016
On this, the 458th episode of the Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about some of the recent roster moves the Cubs have made. The Cubs signed OF Jon Jay and LHP Brian Duensing to 1-year deals. We also go through the players the Cubs non-tendered. We are also guaranteed baseball in 2017 with the new collective bargaining agreement. Kurt goes over some of the highlights of this agreement.
Direct download: Episode_880.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20pm CDT
Sun, 27 November 2016
Thanks for downloading the 457th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we look back at the four bigger free agent signings the Cubs made before the 2016 season. We talk about Ben Zobrist, Dexter Fowler, John Lackey, and Jason Heyward. We look at their regular season and post-season performances and share who we think was the most valuable addition to the team.
Direct download: Episode_879.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29pm CDT
Mon, 21 November 2016
In this, the 456th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we are in full off-season mode. Cubs Convention sold out within seconds (probably) and we talk about how this is an indication of how difficult it will be to see the Cubs in 2017.
Kurt runs through the various awards that the Cubs have won in this MLB award-season. We also look at a couple that the Cubs were not able to win. The Cubs have added several players to their 40-man roster to avoid losing them in the Rule 5 draft. The Cubs sent several prospects to the Arizona Fall League and now that the season has wrapped up, we look at how they did. There’s also one former Cubs player that drew a lot of attention in the Fall League this year.
Then, we go through what we perceive to be team needs and talk about the different options the Cubs have to address those needs.
Direct download: Episode_878.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:07am CDT
Sun, 13 November 2016
In this, our 455th episode, we get back into off-season mode. You will hear us briefly talk about our World Series hangover. Kurt gets us up to speed with the individual player awards the Cubs have won so far.We also talk about Conor Mullee, who the Cubs acquired to potentially pitch out of the bullpen.
The majority of this episode is spent looking at the players on the 2016 Cubs team that are now free agents. We share our thoughts on if the Cubs are a good fit for that player and vice versa.
Direct download: Episode_877.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm CDT
Thu, 10 November 2016
At the end of our episodes throughout the playoffs, we closed the show with listener voicemail calls. Before and after Game 7, we received so many calls, we decided to turn it into a bonus episode. Here they are, enjoy!
Direct download: Episode_876.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:34pm CDT
Sun, 6 November 2016
After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions! On this episode, we share our Game 7 experiences and describe the last 4 or 5 days as we try to wrap our heads around the Chicago Cubs being WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!
Direct download: Episode_875.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:58pm CDT
Wed, 2 November 2016
The Cubs forced a Game 7 in the 2016 World Series. The Cubs offense, pitching, and defense all performed in Game 6. In this episode, you will hear our thoughts on Game 6 and the idea that the Cubs are headed to Game 7 of the World Series.
The season ends tomorrow, and we can’t help but believe the Cubs have the momentum.
Direct download: Episode_874.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36am CDT
Mon, 31 October 2016
The Cubs are back in business, winning Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday evening by a score of 3-2. We share our thoughts on the game. Now that the Cubs have sent the series back to Cleveland, we also look ahead to the last two games of the series.
Direct download: Episode_873.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08am CDT
Sat, 29 October 2016
Well, the Cubs dropped Game 3 of the 2016 World Series. It was the first World Series game at Wrigley in 71 years and although the wind was whipping out, Cleveland was able to beat the Cubs, 1-0.
On this episode, we share our thoughts on the game. We also play listener voicemail that we’ve received over the last few days.
Direct download: Episode_872.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35am CDT
Wed, 26 October 2016
The Cubs dropped the first game of the 2016 World Series to the Cleveland Indians. Indians pitching kept the Cubs guessing most of the game. Although the Cubs lost 6-0, there were some positives to take away from the loss.
Direct download: Episode_871.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:40am CDT
Sun, 23 October 2016
Cubs fans all over the world are experiencing something for the first time. The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series!
On this episode, we spend a lot of time talking through some of the emotions we are feeling, the morning after. This was one of the podcast episodes we’ve been waiting to record, but there’s an even bigger one out there, that could happen very soon.
We do eventually talk about the baseball side of Game 6 and we preview the 2016 World Series, and specifically Game 1.
Direct download: Episode_870.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:31pm CDT
Fri, 21 October 2016
The Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday night to come one game from the World Series. It was another evening of offensive production and an incredible performance by Jon Lester.
On this episode, we share our thoughts on Game 5, the series to the point, and Game 6.
Direct download: Episode_869.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:53am CDT
Thu, 20 October 2016
This episode was recorded moments after the Cubs beat the Dodgers 10-2 in Game 4 of the 2016 NLCS. The mood of this episode is quite a bit different compared to the tone of last night’s post-game show. We celebrate the Cubs’ offense coming to life, including spectacular offensive performances by Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell.
We preview Game 5 and we will be doing another live post-game show right after that game on Thursday.
Direct download: Episode_868.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:07am CDT
Wed, 19 October 2016
Well, this was not an easy episode to do. For the second game in a row, the Cubs had their offense shut down by Dodgers pitching, this time it was former-Cub, Rich Hill.
This episode is what you would expect from a Cubs podcast recorded moments after a playoff loss. There’s anger, frustration, and maybe just a little optimism. Consider this a group therapy session.
Direct download: Episode_867.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04am CDT
Mon, 17 October 2016
Well, the Cubs head to Los Angeles tied 1-1 in this NLCS with the Dodgers. In this episode, we talk about the first two games of the series. Corey was at Wrigley for both games and Kurt was there for Game 1. We share what we witnessed in the ballpark in these first few games.
We look ahead to Game 3, a match-up between Jake Arrieta and Rich Hill. We also share our thoughts on the series from here on out and make predictions for Game 3.
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Direct download: Episode_866.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm CDT
Fri, 14 October 2016
On this episode, we preview the 2016 NLCS. The series starts on Saturday at Wrigley Field, as the Cubs host the Dodgers. We talk about how these two teams fared against each other in 2016.
We also look at the Game #1 starting pitchers and how the opposing teams have recently performed against Lester and Maeda.
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Direct download: Episode_865.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:06am CDT
Thu, 13 October 2016
In this bonus episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, you will hear a discussion I had with Ed Baum. Ed is the Cubs fan that caught Jake Arrieta’s home run ball in Game 3 of the NLDS in San Francisco. A life-long Cubs fan with a lot of experience shagging homers in the bleachers, Ed describes the play and everything that has happened the ball landed in his mitt.
Direct download: Episode_864.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56am CDT
Wed, 12 October 2016
Thanks to some 9th inning heroics in Game 4, the Cubs have won the NLDS series against the San Francisco Giants and now wait to see who they will face in the NLCS, which starts on Saturday.
This episode was recorded moments after Game 4 ended.
Direct download: Episode_863.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:02am CDT
Sun, 9 October 2016
We were able to go to Game #2 in Chicago on Saturday night and we share our experiences and thoughts on the game. We also get into the “controversy” over Javier Baez not running out of the batter’s box. There’s lots of Game #2 talk in this episode. We also preview Game #3 and share our predictions on the game.
Direct download: Episode_862.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm CDT
Sat, 8 October 2016
The Cubs won Game #1 of the 2016 NLDS, backed by an incredible pitching performance by Jon Lester and an 8th inning solo home run by Javier Baez. This episode was recorded moments after the game ended.
Direct download: Episode_861.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:13am CDT
Thu, 6 October 2016
We’ve been waiting for this since last October, it’s Cubs playoff baseball! In this episode, we’re previewing Game #1 of the NLDS between the Cubs and Giants. We tell you how the Cubs have fared against the Giants this season and how the Cubs players have done against Cueto. We also look at the Lester vs. Giants match-up. We share our predictions for the series and Game #1.
We’ll broadcast live Friday night after Game #1 and share our thoughts on how the game went, and preview Game #2. We will all three be at Game #2, so there won’t be a live post-game show after that game, but we’ll record a Game #2 recap and Game #3 preview episode on Sunday night.
Deep breaths, Cubs fans…and #LetsGo!
Direct download: Episode_860.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm CDT
Sun, 2 October 2016
Well, the Cubs completed the 2016 MLB season with 103 wins and in this episode, we look back and reflect on the incredible regular season.
We will have plenty of time to fret about the playoffs, but we felt like we should take a deep breath and appreciate the 2016 season for what it was. In this episode, we talk about some of the key moments and plays. We look at the team performance in offense, defense, and pitching. We also talk about some of the individual player performances on the season.
Direct download: Episode_859.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53pm CDT
Wed, 28 September 2016
As we continue preparing for the playoffs, we use this episode to enjoy the big lead the Cubs have built up and the pretty meaningless games they are playing. We talk about the state of our nerves heading into the post-season. The Cubs have passed the 100-win mark and we talk about the historical significance of that accomplishment. Theo Epstein has signed a 5-year extension, and we discuss that. Then we dive into listener questions, which take us all over the place. This is a pretty loose episode and enjoy it because things are going to get tense in the next week!
Direct download: Episode_858.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm CDT
Sun, 25 September 2016
Thanks for downloading this episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. Friend of the podcast, Katie Day has released a new song for the 2016 Cubs Post-Season. On this episode, we bring Katie on the podcast to talk about the pressure of following up “By the Lakeside” and creating a completely different sounding song in “We Got the Fire”. We think you’ll really enjoy this conversation.
We also continue to look at the playoff rosters and talk about some of the players we thought wouldn’t make the roster, but now it appears that they have a good chance. One example is Miguel Montero, who helped Jake Arrieta get back to form on Friday.
Direct download: Episode_857.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:28pm CDT
Wed, 21 September 2016
This episode of the podcast was recorded in front of a live audience at the Market Grille in the Hy-Vee on John Deere Road in Moline. This was our first live recording like this in 6 or 7 years and we had a lot of fun doing it.
In the episode, we talk about playoff home field advantage, potential match-ups for the NLDS, and what would happen if there was a 3-way tie for the NL Wild Card? Well, one thing we know…advantage Cubs.
We answer several listener questions and share a handful of internet muscle flexes.
Direct download: Episode_856.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm CDT
Sun, 18 September 2016
The Cubs have officially clinched the NL Central AND on Monday morning, we will get our 1-millionth download!
On this episode, we talk about the historical significance of the Cubs winning the division crown. We also look ahead to the last two weeks of the regular season and talk about how we will begin to prepare ourselves for the 2016 MLB Post-season. Andy looks at the health of the team, primarily Pedro Strop and Jorge Soler.
Then we invite Lauren (@BlondeWonk) to talk about Game Day Feels. Be sure to use the promo code IVY to be entered into a drawing for a 19″ bracelet.
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Direct download: Episode_855.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22pm CDT
Wed, 14 September 2016
What a great time to be a Cubs fan. The Cubs just beat the Cardinals in a series in St. Louis. It’s the 14th of September and the Cubs are about to lock up the NL Central. The future is bright and we’re having a blast.
In this episode, we talk about Kyle Hendricks and his near no-no. This leads to a discussion about Joe West and how, because of his actions, he is bad for baseball. We get you caught up on the news in the last week of Cubs baseball. Jason McLeod may be on his way out of the organization, Javy is the emergency catcher if the Cubs carry 2 catchers in the playoffs. Andy addresses the claim that Kris Bryant is not “clutch”.
There’s lots to discuss in this episode and we think you’ll enjoy it.
Direct download: Episode_854.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm CDT
Sun, 11 September 2016
We focus on the minor league teams and prospects in this episode. With the MiLB regular season completed, we check in on the teams in the Cubs system, from Eugene up to Iowa. We also go through the Baseball America Top 10 Prospect list from before the season started and look at how the prospects did, which are no longer in the Cubs organization, and which made an impact on the major league team this season.
Direct download: Episode_853.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33am CDT
Wed, 7 September 2016
Thanks for downloading this episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. We recorded this episode during the Cubs series finale with the Brewers in Milwaukee, but didn’t spend a ton of time on the series, outside of some Hammel and Hendricks talk.
We check in on the magic number and start thinking playoffs. One reason to start thinking about the playoffs is the Cubs’ post-season lottery, which has opened up.
We end the episode with some Internet Muscle Flexes.
Direct download: Episode_852.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm CDT
Mon, 5 September 2016
Thanks for downloading this episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we check in on the Cubs post-season status as they continue marching to the playoffs.
Kyle Hendricks and Kris Bryant earn NL monthly awards in August and we look at their performances. We commend the bullpen on their incredible pitching in this last series with the Giants. We answer some listener questions, Kurt shares a Scary Stat of the Week, and we’ve got some pretty strong Internet Muscle Flexes to share.
Direct download: Episode_851.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15am CDT
Wed, 31 August 2016
Thanks for downloading the 428th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, which happens to be our 50th episode of this 2016 season. We record this episode before Wednesday night’s Pirates game. We talk about the extra-innings win on Monday and the fact we never feel like this team is out of it. Jason Heyward is hitting .310 in the last 7 days, which is a pretty significant improvement.
We also talk about Kyle Hendricks and the Greg Maddux comparisons. Corey shares his Arizona Summer League experience and met the daughter of the last Cubs player to score in a World Series game.
Of course, we have to spend some time talking about Javy and break down his quick tags. Andy shares what is potentially the last Rube story.
Direct download: Episode_850.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:02pm CDT
Sun, 28 August 2016
You’ll have to forgive the drop in audio quality in this episode. Corey is in Arizona and relying on Air BNB internet. We talk about the Dodgers series, including how dominant Kris Bryant is and Joe’s short leash on Jason Ha
Direct download: Episode_849.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08pm CDT
Wed, 24 August 2016
Thanks for downloading the 426th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. The Cubs went out to the west coast and swept the Padres in San Diego. We talk about that series, including the incredible defense of Javier Baez and the offensive production by the entire team, especially Kris Bryant and Addison Russell.
With lots of positives to talk about, we balance that with an attempt to figure out why Jason Heyward’s production has been so poor this year. We discover a few things that could be contributing to it, but no concrete explanation.
We throw in some Internet Muscle Flexes and Andy shares a classic Rube Waddell story with us.
Direct download: Episode_848.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26pm CDT
Sun, 21 August 2016
Thanks for downloading the 425th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. The Cubs lost their weekend series to the Rockies and we talk about this series. The Cubs got a heck of a start from Mike Montgomery (and a great relief appearance from Cahill). Jason Heyward got the weekend off and hopefully that helps him get back on track at the plate.
The Cubs sent John Lackey and Hecton Rondon to the disabled list and brought up a couple of guys from Iowa. This leads to a discussion on the lack of quality pitching in the farm system.
Kurt shares a Scary Stat of the Week and we read some Internet Muscle Flexes.
Direct download: Episode_847.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:31pm CDT
Thu, 18 August 2016
Thanks for downloading the 424th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. The Cubs beat the Brewers 4 times in 3 days this week. We talk about the series and a few of the highlights, like Rizzo’s ledge-catch and Travis Wood’s non-flinching abilities.
Corey was at the day game on Tuesday and shares some thoughts on Aroldis Chapman. Are Hendricks and Hammel Cy Young worthy? There’s a lot of chatter and we discuss this idea. Kurt falls into a Scary Stat of the Week and Andy shares a Rube Waddell story with us.
Direct download: Episode_846.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm CDT
Sun, 14 August 2016
This is the annual “Trying to recover from the Ivy Envy Weekend at the Lake” episode. We had a blast hanging out with listeners this weekend and we share a few stories.
Because of Saturday’s game and Pedro Strop’s injury earlier in the week, we talk a fair amount about the bullpen. We also discuss this Cubs/Cardinals series.
Kurt has a Scary Stat of the Week and we have a few Internet Muscle Flexes.
Direct download: Episode_845.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:02pm CDT
Wed, 10 August 2016
Thanks for downloading the 422nd episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we talk about the Cubs short series with the Angels. Most of the conversation revolves around John Lackey and his great outing on Tuesday.
After ignoring it for a few episodes, we decided to finally weigh in on the Tommy La Stella situation since there’s actual details to the story now.
We also answer a handful of listener questions and Andy shares a Rube Waddell story with us.
Direct download: Episode_844.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26pm CDT
Sun, 7 August 2016
Thanks for downloading the 421st episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. The Chicago Cubs are on a roll. They’ve won 7 games in a row. They’re 28 games over .500. They have won every series since the All Star Break. They’re 11.5 games ahead of the Cardinals. Things are looking good. Then something dawns on us and we get real nervous about how this all might play out. Listen to find out what stopped us dead in our tracks.
Jorge Soler is back and hitting the ball well. Jake is back to being Jake (without as many strikeouts) and Kyle Hendricks looks better than we would have imagined he would.
Kurt shares a Hendricks Scary Stat, we read some internet muscle flexes, and there’s a fair amount of conversation to get us off track.
Direct download: Episode_843.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21pm CDT
Wed, 3 August 2016
Thanks for downloading the 420th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. The Cubs just wrapped up a series win over the Marlins and we’ve got some real exciting games to talk about. First off, we look back on Sunday’s wild extra-innings game against the Mariners. Then in the final game of the Marlins series, the Cubs put together an unlikely comeback in the 9th.
After discussing the Cubs play since our last episode, we dip down into the minors and look at how some of the top prospects in the Cubs farm system are doing this season.
Direct download: Episode_842.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17pm CDT
Sun, 31 July 2016
Thanks for downloading the 419th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we recap John Baker Day. We all three decided this may be our best baseball game experience. It was an incredible day and thanks to all of you that made it so special.
This episode was recorded before Sunday night’s Cubs/Mariners rubber-match. We talk about the first few games and discuss Arrieta. Is he back on track or are there some pretty alarming indicators?
It appears that Joe Maddon wants to keep this team fresh and adding Matusz to the rotation and resting Rizzo on Saturday are signs that he wants this team well rested for September and beyond. We also talk about how much Maddon may use Chapman.
The Cubs have made some roster moves, sending La Stella to Iowa and calling up Coghlan. The three of us feel that it’s difficult to see Coghlan with a long-term place on this team.
Kurt gives us a Scary Stat of the Week and we read several Internet Muscle Flexes.
Lauren live broadcasted most of the John Baker Day event on Periscope and if you’d like to watch that, go to http://ivyenvy.com/2016bakervideo
Direct download: Episode_841.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm CDT
Wed, 27 July 2016
For the second episode in a row, we’re forced to take the Aroldis Chapman topic on. We don’t come to any sort of resolution, other than wishing we weren’t faced with this situation. We sort through stuff a little more on this episode.
We also look at what impact his acquisition has on the bullpen. We know he can throw hard. He’s always made Cubs hitters look silly, but how good is he? We look at his shocking numbers.
We have a few listener questions and by the end of the episode we were ready for topics that don’t involve Aroldis Chapman.
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Direct download: Episode_840.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22pm CDT
Sun, 24 July 2016
Thanks for downloading the 417th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we talk about our tailgate event at the Cubs/Brewers game on Saturday. We also briefly talk about the series win.
With trade rumors involving Aroldis Chapman swirling during the recording of this episode, we start coming to terms that the 2016 Cubs (and beyond?) could have Aroldis Chapman on the roster.
Direct download: Episode_839.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09pm CDT
Wed, 20 July 2016
Thanks for downloading the 416th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we talk about the Cubs series win over the New York Mets. The Cubs won the series 2 games to 1, but because Andy and Corey were at Tuesday night’s loss, we spend some time talking about the Cubs difficulties with hitting with runners in scoring position. We also look at the Hector Rondon and discuss whether or not he is “the guy”.
It’s not all negatives though, Jake Arrieta looked like the Jake we all know and love. Oh yeah, and the Cubs traded for a pitcher and sent Dan Vogelbach to the Mariners. We talk about this trade and how it could impact the Cubs now and in the future.
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Direct download: Episode_838.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm CDT
Sun, 17 July 2016
Thanks for downloading the 415th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. The Cubs started the 2nd half of the 2016 season with a series win over the Rangers. On this episode, we talk discuss the series.
Kyle Hendricks is having a break-out season and we spend quite a bit of time looking at why he’s being successful without a high strikeout rate or low walk rate.
The Cubs have not been at full strength for quite a while and we look at when injured players might re-join the team. Kurt shares a Szczur stat in his Scary Stat of the Week segment and we read some Internet Muscle Flexes.
Direct download: Episode_837.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38pm CDT
Wed, 13 July 2016
On this, the 414th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we use the All-Star Break to look back on the first half of the 2016 Cubs season. We look at team and individual stats and consider what went right and what went wrong for the Cubs.
We also look ahead to the 2nd half of the season. What do we think the keys to 2nd half success are for the Cubs? Listen to find out!
Direct download: Episode_836.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50pm CDT
Sun, 10 July 2016
Thanks for downloading this, the 413th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. Holy cow, has it been a rough stretch for us Cubs fans. Cubs fans are feeling varying levels of frustration and panic, and we’re no immune to these feelings. On this episode, we share some stats and do our best to identify where the problem areas are for the Cubs.
We try to gauge our concern, which as sports fans, varies by the moment…or pitch. These 24 straight days of Cubs games have not been fun, so this is your chance to listen to us complain and attempt to evaluate the team, and ourselves.
Direct download: Episode_835.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm CDT
Sat, 2 July 2016
Welcome to the 412th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. This was kind of an impromptu recording. As Corey and Andy were sitting in the garage, talking about the Cubs, they decided to sit down behind mics and knock out this week’s episode. After two losses to the Mets, Cubs fans are feeling pretty down and we talk about why Cubs fans should be worried about the team’s recent performance and we try to put things into context.
This is a short episode and if you’re just finding our podcast, this is not your typical episode. Happy Independence Day!
Direct download: Episode_834.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm CDT
Thu, 30 June 2016
Welcome to the 411th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. In this episode, we recap the Cubs sweep over the Reds in Cincinnati. Corey was at the last two games of the series and talks about the games from an inside-the-park perspective.
This was quite an eventful series and it was something the Cubs and fans needed after going 1-6 in the previous week.
Direct download: Episode_833.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am CDT
Sun, 26 June 2016
Wow. What a terrible week of Cubs baseball. On this, the 410th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about this 1-6 week. I can’t say I expected us to have a 1-6 week to talk about with the 2016 Cubs.
We use this episode to look at what has gone wrong over the last month of Cubs baseball. On June 1st, their winning percentage was .708 and it’s now about 60 points lower. So why is that? We look at offense, pitching and defense.
In an attempt to stay positive, we also look at some positives. In the month, the Cubs have a 13-11 record, so some things are going well.
We answer a few listener questions, one of them on Heyward’s offensive production. After a scary stat of the week, we read a few internet muscle flexes.
Direct download: Episode_832.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:06pm CDT
Thu, 23 June 2016
Thanks for downloading the 409th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. This is most likely the earliest recording in the history of our podcast. Nothing gets going in the morning like a series sweep at the hands of the Cardinals, right?
Well, this series was definitely frustrating. Whenever anything has looked bad for the Cubs this season, we’ve found the silver lining and we do that on this episode. However, it’s worth mentioning that the Cardinals are a good baseball team and they’re probably not going to go away without putting up a fight.
We also look at the roster moves the Cubs have made this week. Fowler and Richard went to the DL, Adam Warren was sent to AAA to stretch out to start some games and the Cubs brought up some bullpen relief (Edwards Jr., Concepcion, and Patton).
We discuss these players and then Andy shares a Rube story with us.
Direct download: Episode_831.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:43am CDT
Sun, 19 June 2016
Thanks for downloading the 408th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we talk about the Cubs/Pirates series. We recorded this episode during the final game of the series. The Cubs ended up winning the game and sweeping the series.
The Cubs front office gave us another cookie this week with the promotion of Willson Contreras. We talk about Contreras, his minor league career to this point, and how Contreras fits into this team from this point forward.
Kurt shares a Jon Lester scary stat and we read a few internet muscle flexes.
Direct download: Episode_830.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:13pm CDT
Wed, 15 June 2016
Thanks for downloading the 407th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we spend discuss the Cubs’ series loss to the Nationals in Washington. While a series loss can be discouraging, we share why the loss doesn’t concern us and could actually help the team in the post-season.
We also look at Addison Russell’s sophomore season. While his overall (offensive and defensive) numbers have dropped a bit, there are some explanations and some are rather curious.
We read a few listener comments, one of which gets us back on the topic of the Cubs radio broadcast.
Direct download: Episode_829.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm CDT
Sun, 12 June 2016
Thanks for downloading the 406th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. We start this episode off by looking at the 2016 MLB draft and the Cubs strategy with the draft. We talk about trade rumors that have surfaced and share some advice on considering the credibility of reports.
The Cubs made one trade this week by bringing back Chris Coghlan. We briefly talk about this move. The Cubs beat the Braves 2 games to 1 this weekend and we talk about a couple of topics from the series.
We answer some listener questions and talk about the incredible defense the Cubs have played in 2016…outside of today’s game. Kurt has a scary stat and we have a few internet muscle flexes.
Direct download: Episode_828.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm CDT
Wed, 8 June 2016
The biggest news in Cubs-land this week is the promotion of prospect, Albert Almora. On this episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about Almora’s impact on the team and the Soler injury that led to his promotion. We also talk about reasonable expectations for Almora and why some Cubs fans have unrealistic expectations on different prospects.
We briefly talk about the Cubs series win over the Phillies, mainly focusing on pitching.
We have several listener questions to answer, from the serious to the silly. Corey shares some scary stats and throws in a rare mid-week internet muscle flex.
For information on John Baker Day, go to http://ivyenvy.com/johnbaker. This will be a great event and you will have the opportunity to take home this artwork, which will be signed by all five 2015 Cubs rookies.
Direct download: Episode_827.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm CDT
Sun, 5 June 2016
Thanks for downloading the 404th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we go back and draw a line at the Cardinals series almost two weeks ago and look at these last two weeks of Cubs baseball. The team had a bit of a rough stretch (slightly under .500 for a week or 10 days), and they have gone 10-3 since that point.
We also discuss the middle and back end of this rotation, focusing on Lackey, Hammel and Hendricks. With all 5 of the Cubs starters sporting ERAs under 3.00, these are the guys that stand out the most because you wouldn’t expect the back end of a rotation to be so dominant.
We cover lots of topics on the episode, including a scary stat of the week and a couple of internet muscle flexes.
For information on John Baker Day, go to http://ivynevy.com/johnbaker
Direct download: Episode_826.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15pm CDT
Wed, 1 June 2016
Welcome to the 403rd episode of the Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we look back on how the Cubs performed (as a team and individuals) in the month of May. While it seemed like the team was spinning it’s wheels at times, they ended the season 18-10.
We get a little more specific and talk about the Cubs sweep over the Phillies over the weekend and the first few games of the series against the Dodgers at Wrigley. The first two games of the Dodgers series provided us with an incredibly good and an incredibly bad performance by the Cubs bullpen. We look into that a bit.
Kurt provides us with a Jake Arrieta scary stat, Andy shares a Rube Waddell story, and we read a few internet muscle flexes.
For information on the annual Ivy Envy Weekend at the Lake, go to http://ivyenvy.com/lake.
Direct download: Episode_825.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm CDT
Wed, 25 May 2016
On this, the 402nd of the Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about the Cubs’ series win over the Cardinals in St. Louis. It was a weird series, considering the Cubs lost in walk-off fashion on Monday and then won a wacky and nail-biting game on Wednesday.
In the episode, Corey talks about how the Cubs have been impressive, even while playing under .500 baseball over the last few series. He also defends Jorge Soler again after some social media discussions. Andy talks about pitching, both the good and the bad Cubs pitching in the series with the Cardinals.
Kurt previews the Cubs upcoming series with the Phillies and Andy tells a couple of Rube Waddell stories.
Direct download: Episode_824.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17pm CDT
Sun, 22 May 2016
Welcome to the 401st episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. We start this episode off by talking about whether or not Cubs fans should be concerned about the Cubs recent habit of losing games and series.
We dive into the Giants series like Jason Heyward dives into a wall, making an incredible (and incredibly scary) catch. We talk about Heyward’s injury and the relief that all Cubs fans felt when the Cubs announced he would only be out 3-5 days.
In discussing the series, we also talk about Lester, Soler, Baez, and others. Andy previews the Cardinals series. Kurt has a scary stat of the week and read some internet muscle flexes.
Direct download: Episode_823.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm CDT
Thu, 19 May 2016
Thanks for downloading the 400th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.
On this episode, we start things off by reminiscing a little about the first 399 episodes of the podcast. We spend a little time on the series with the Brewers that we just wanted to be over with. Kurt previews the upcoming series with the Giants. We answer some listener questions…deciding who is the best pinch hitter in Cubs history. We finish off the episode with a Rube Waddell story.
Direct download: Episode_822.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:45pm CDT
Mon, 16 May 2016
Listen to this audio for all of the details on John Baker Day. For more info and to purchase your ticket, go to <a href="http://ivyenvy.com/johnbaker">http://ivyenvy.com/johnbaker</a>
Direct download: JohnBakerDay.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:13pm CDT
Sun, 15 May 2016
Welcome to the 399th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. We are just 1 episode from #400!
On this episode, we talk about the Cubs series win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. There’s a lot of positives to discuss…and apparently the Pirates players and fans:
So we talk a little about the drama in this series, although most, if not all of it came from the Pirates dugout and fanbase.
Kurt shares a Jon Lester scary stat that is a good example of why you shouldn’t pay attention to pitcher win-loss records.
On this episode, we premiere Katie Day’s new version of her song, “By the Lakeside.” Anyone that purchased this song through the embed below by Tuesday (May 17, 2016) night at midnight Pacific time will have their name entered into a drawing for a free Ivy Envy shirt.
Direct download: Episode_821.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17pm CDT
Thu, 12 May 2016
The Cubs lost two games in one day and a lot of Cubs fans lost their minds. On this, the 398thepisode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we try to reassure you that the Cubs are just fine. Their 25-8 record should have already done it, but some folks need a little more reassurance. We discuss what we right and what went wrong in this 3 game series with the Padres.
With a shutout in the 2nd game of the doubleheader, a lot of focus is on Soler. Soler went 0-4 with 4 strikeouts in the game. We weigh in on the Soler issue and share what we think might be wrong.
We share some scary stats and Andy spins a wonderful Rube Waddell story.
Direct download: Episode_820.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm CDT
Sun, 8 May 2016
Welcome to the 397th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. In the last week, the Cubs went 7-0, sweeping two of the top teams in the National League, the Pirates and the Nationals.
On this episode, we focus on the Nationals series. We start things off by talking about where our heads are and trying to wrap our minds around this 2016 Cubs team. Should we shed the “cautious” in “cautiously optimistic”?
We look at some of the individual performances that fueled this Cubs this week and have flown under the radar this season. Although the Cubs are 24-6, we do have some negatives to talk about. Heyward continues his slow start, although there are lots of positives with Heyward in the lineup. We also talk about Travis Wood and his somewhat shaky performances.
We check in on Albert Almora and Willson Contreras, who are both with Iowa and could join the Cubs this season.
We answer some listener questions, share some scary stats and read an internet muscle flex.
Direct download: Episode_819.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:43pm CDT
Wed, 4 May 2016
The Cubs went into Pittsburgh and didn’t just sweep the Pirates, but outscored them in the series, 20-5. On this episode, we recap the Pirates series and look ahead to this weekend’s series with the Nationals at Wrigley.
We check in on the injured Cubs players, discuss Jorge Soler’s struggles, answer some listener questions, and Andy gives us a Rube Waddell story of the week.
Direct download: Episode_818.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm CDT
Sun, 1 May 2016
Thanks for downloading the 395th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. Rain and crummy weather has imposed it’s will on baseball games at Wrigley this week. For the 2nd straight series, the Cubs and opponents were only able to complete two games.
We use a shortened series with the Braves as an opportunity to focus on some of the players that have been performing very well, but we haven’t spent much time on yet this year. We mainly focus on the bullpen and the bench players.
We have several scary stats and internet muscle flexes to share on this episode.
If you’re interested in our 2016 Ivy Envy Weekend at the Lake, click here for the Facebook event.
Direct download: Episode_817.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm CDT
Thu, 28 April 2016
On this, the 394th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we have a rain-shortened series with the Brewers to talk about.
Miguel Montero hits the DL and Kris Bryant exits Thursday’s game with an ankle injury. We talk about the impact of both of those injuries.
Andy and Corey watched the South Bend Cubs this week and share a few thoughts. We go through listener questions, share a few INSANE (good) scary stats and Andy shares a Rube Waddell story.
Direct download: Episode_816.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm CDT
Mon, 25 April 2016
The South Bend Cubs will be visiting our hometown Quad Cities River Bandits this week and we used this as an excuse to take a look at the 2016 South Bend Cubs.
Joining me on this episode is Chris Hagstrom, who works in the front office of the team. Chris talks about the success of the SB Cubs first season in the Cubs organization, the 2016 team and what their ballpark has to offer Cubs fans.
Direct download: Episode_815.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm CDT
Sun, 24 April 2016
On this, the 392nd episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we talk about the final three games in the Cubs series with the Reds.
The Cubs won the series, 3 games to 1 and the Cubs offense put on quite a show at Great American Ball Park. We spend most of the episode talking about the three games in detail.
We have a few scary stats of the week, a couple of internet muscle flexes, two asshats of the week and we announce the winner of the box of Rizzo’s cereal.
Direct download: Episode_814.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm CDT
Thu, 21 April 2016
Welcome to the 391st episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. For the second time since August, we recorded an episode on the night of a Jake Arrieta no-hitter. Jake does it again, this time against the Reds. The Cubs destroyed the Reds in the first game of the series, 16-0.
While we spend a good amount of time swooning over Jake and the offensive explosion, we also look back on the series win and talk about several on-the-field and off-the-field topics.
We have a scary stat of the (mid)week and Andy shares another Rube Waddell story.
Direct download: Episode_813.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:28pm CDT
Sun, 17 April 2016
This is the 390th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast and on this episode, we talk about a Cubs sweep vs. the Reds and a series loss to the Rockies.
We start things off by talking about the new Wrigley Field clubhouse. We talk about some of the individual performances in the two series this week. Javier Baez was called up and is already demonstrating his presence at the plate and his versatility in the field.
We share some scary stats and read some internet muscle flexes.
Direct download: Episode_812.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:16pm CDT
Sun, 10 April 2016
Welcome to the 389th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. Unfortunately, parts of this episode have a more somber tone than our previous few episodes. Kyle Schwarber is out for the 2016 season and on this episode, we discuss the injury.
How did it happen? What will Schwarber’s recovery look like? How do other athletes recover from this injury/surgery? What might a 2017 Kyle Schwarber look like on the field? Will he play catcher? Can he play outfield? Do the Cubs need to trade him to an AL team so he can be a designated hitter? What does this mean for Schwarber’s service time/free agency date? What will the 2016 Cubs be without Schwarber? Who will play left field? We (attempt to) answer all of these questions on this episode.
We check in on Baez’s progress at extended Spring Training. Oh yeah…there’s baseball games (and Cubs wins) to talk about. We share a few thoughts from the Cubs series with Arizona.
Kurt gives us his Scary Stat of the Week and we read some internet muscle flexes.
Direct download: Episode_811.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:13pm CDT
Thu, 7 April 2016
The Cubs will host the season home opener on Monday and with a few series at Wrigley, we check in with Pat Nagle of Wrigleyville Nation to see what Cubs fans can expect at Wrigley Field this season, with the on-going construction.
Pat updates us on the renovations inside the ballpark, outside the ballpark and around the neighborhood. He also does this while witnessing Kyle Schwarber’s injury.
Direct download: Episode_810.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28pm CDT
Wed, 6 April 2016
Welcome to our first mid-week episode of the 2016 Cubs season. This also happens to be our 387thepisode.
On this episode, we swoon over the 2016 Cubs and their absolute destruction of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. After a slow Spring Training, the offense picks up where it left off in 2015, outscoring the Angels 15-1 in the two game series.
While the sample sizes are way too small to get too crazy about individual performances, Cubs fans have reason to be happy as the team heads back to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks.
Direct download: Episode_809.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm CDT
Sun, 3 April 2016
Welcome to our annual Cubs predictions episode. This is our 386th episode.
The 2016 is a clean slate. The Cubs have a lot of expectations placed on them by fans and baseball talking heads. So how do we think the team and individual players will perform? Listen to this episode to find out.
We want to hear your opinions on these predictions. Leave them in the comments in the post for this episode. If you think we’re way off in any of our predictions, leave a voicemail via our free iOS/Android app. You can also call our voicemail at (309) 517-0624 and make your prediction on how many games the 2016 Cubs will win in the regular season.
Use the coupon code “2016” to save 20% on our tshirts this week at IvyEnvy.com/store.
Direct download: Episode_808.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:18pm CDT
Mon, 28 March 2016
Welcome to the 385th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. Opening Day is just a week away and we start wrapping up Spring Training 2016 on this episode. We are back from our trip to Mesa and we share some of our thoughts on what we saw out there. We talk about the roster situation and the options the Cubs have for the last spot on the 25-man roster.
Jake Arrieta’s opening day start looked up-in-the-air a few days ago when he looked poor in a start vs. the Giants and then reportedly left with a thumb blister. Supposedly, Arrieta and his thumb are fine after a bullpen side session and he’s on track to take the mound next Monday night vs. the Angels in Anaheim to start the 2016 season.
Direct download: Episode_807.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm CDT
Tue, 22 March 2016
We've got something different for you this week. We are currently in Arizona for Cubs Spring Training.
On this episode, we invite Danny Rockett and Michael from Colorado to sit in on this episode with us. These two are hosts of The Son Ranto Show, a fine Cubs podcast.
We're also joined mid-episode by podcast listener, Kris Bonner and his friend, Kyle (who happens to be a Dodgers fan).
We open up and taste a vintage 2012 Cubs wine, talk about the Spring Training experience, share a few stories and talk about our 2016 Cubs expectations.
Andy brings a few Rube Waddell stories and Corey shares some Internet Muscle Flexes.
Direct download: Episode_806.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:17pm CDT
Mon, 14 March 2016
Welcome to the 383rd episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we talk about our upcoming Spring Training trip, discuss the Cubs’ first roster cuts, go over the health status of the team and talk about some individual Spring Training performances.
We award an “Asshat of the Week” and read some internet muscle flexes. AT 5:30pm Central on Friday, we will be doing a live Blab broadcast from the road to Spring Training. We want your questions for this…Cubs, non-Cubs, baseball, non-baseball, questions for our wives, questions for our kids…anything goes. Submit them on our Twitter, Facebook or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find that live Blab broadcast by clicking this link.
Direct download: Episode_805.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:31pm CDT
Sun, 6 March 2016
Welcome to the 382nd episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. For the first time since October, we have baseball games to talk about! However, these are Spring Training games, so there’s not a ton to talk about. We do share a few thoughts on what we’ve seen with the Cubs in the first four games of Spring Training. We also talk about a few things to pay attention to in the next week of Spring Training.
We answer several listener questions, share a Scary Stat of the Week, Andy provides us with a Rube Waddell story and we have a few internet muscle flexes.
Direct download: Episode_804.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03pm CDT
Wed, 2 March 2016
On this bonus episode of the podcast, Dan Campana and Rob Carroll come on to talk about their new book, Cubs 100, A Century at Wrigley.
Dan and Rob previously published Wrigley Field: 100 Stories for 100 Years. On this episode, you’ll hear them talk about putting this book together and share a few of the stories from the book.
You can “like” their Facebook page –https://www.facebook.com/100WrigleyStories to get more information on their event on March 12th and pre-ordering the book.
Direct download: Episode_803.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:34pm CDT
Sun, 28 February 2016
On this episode of the podcast, we celebrate our podcast birthday by talking about the 2016 Spring Training storylines that interest us the most.
We also talk about Dexter Fowler signing with the Cubs and the trade that sent Chris Coghlan to the A’s.
Our Spring Training meet-up is just a few weeks away. You can find details here: Ivy Envy Spring Training Meet-up
Direct download: Episode_802.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm CDT
Mon, 22 February 2016
Welcome to the 1st episode of the 8th season of the Ivy Envy Podcast. On this episode, we talk about some of the storylines coming out of Mesa so far this Spring Training. The position players haven’t officially reported yet, although most of them are there, and there’s already the typical Spring Training storylines. Arrieta will avoid running out of gas late in the season, Kris Bryant’s swing isn’t as steep and Joe Maddon intends to keep the players’ heads in the right place.
Direct download: Episode_801_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:32pm CDT
Sun, 14 February 2016
Welcome to the last episode of our 7th season of The Ivy Envy Podcast. Pitchers and catchers report later this week and that officially begins a new Cubs season and a new season of our podcast.
On this episode, we talk about the important Cubs dates in the next month, from pitchers and catchers reporting to Opening Day in Anaheim and everything in-between.
There’s lots of Spring Training talk in this episode, too. One of the listener questions is tips on getting the most out of Spring Training and we share a few tips. We have several other questions from listeners on this episode.
To celebrate pitchers and catchers reporting, this week, you can get 20% Ivy Envy shirts at thehttp://ivyenvy.com/store and use the coupon code “PITCHERS”.
Direct download: Episode_782.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:35pm CDT
Sun, 7 February 2016
Welcome 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.
Direct download: Episode_781.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:44pm CDT
Sun, 31 January 2016
On 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
Direct download: Episode_780.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:03pm CDT
Sun, 24 January 2016
During 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.
Direct download: Episode_779_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:24pm CDT
Thu, 21 January 2016
On 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.
Direct download: Episode_778.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32pm CDT
Mon, 18 January 2016
On 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.
Direct download: Episode_777.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52pm CDT
Sun, 10 January 2016
On 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:
Direct download: Episode_776.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm CDT
Sun, 3 January 2016
On 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
Direct download: Episode_775.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm CDT