Ivy Envy - Chicago Cubs Fan Podcast (UNOFFICIAL)

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

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

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

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

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