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Chicago Cubs Information

The Chicago Cubs are charter members of the National League which formed in 1876. Currently, they play in the NL Central Division which is the largest in MLB with six teams. Ever since the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 after an 86 year drought, the Cubs have been referred to as the most "cursed" franchise in professional baseball. The organization does have two World Series titles under their belt but none since 1908, a long and painful 100 year drought. The team has captured 16 pennants but has struggled on the main stage.

Lou Piniella replaced Dusty Baker as manager during the 2007-2008 offseason and brought with him a plethora of baseball knowledge, propelling the Cubs back into the playoffs. They won the NL Central division with an 85-77 regular season record, but were swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS. For the 2008 season, the Cubs put themselves well in contention to clinch the division with a 97-64 record. They squared off against the Lose Angeles Dodgers this time in the NLDS, but again failed to advance.

In 2010, the Cubs suffered a setback, coming in fifth in division with a 75-87 record. . Chicago Cubs tickets continue to be one of the hottest selling tickets in baseball. They got a new manager in 2011 in Mike Quade, but continued to fall when they came in fifth place again at 71-91.

2012 will mark a time of beginnings for the Cubs. Shortly after the 2011 season ended, the Cubs traded for Red Sox’ General Manager, Theo Epstein, who was named President of Baseball Operations. Epstein then hired Jed Hoyer as his GM, and is currently working on making improvements to the roster, including highly-touted prospect Anthony Rizzo. The Cubs are hoping with a fresh start, they can reinvigorate the team and make it back towards the top of their division and end the dreaded curse.

When the Cubs advance to post-season play and the World Series, playoff ticket sales will rival that of the Boston Red Sox from their 2004 Championship run.

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