2013: 66-96, 5th in NL Central
The Cubs sent three players to the All-Star Game this summer and still have plenty of great summer home games at Wrigley Field remaining. The Padres, Cardinals, and Rockies come to town for a big late July homestand. Year 3 of the Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer rebuilding plan is underway and the Chicago Cubs are making significant strides toward the future. New manager Rick Renteria was hired over the winter to better communicate with and train young players and upcoming prospects; early results were promising in strong play from Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Welington Castillo in particular. Emilio Bonifacio, Mike Olt, Luis Valbuena, Chris Coghlan, and Junior Lake have also made contributions to the team. The Cubs bullpen made some changes with the additions of Jose Veras and Wesley Wright in the bullpen. Youngsters Pedro Strop, Neil Ramirez, and Hector Rondon have been lighting up the radar gun out of the 'pen as well. Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, Jake Arrieta, Travis Wood, and Edwin Jackson made up one of the better rotations in the league until Samardzija and Hammel were dealt to Oakland in a stunning July 4 trade for elite shortstop Addison Russell. Former veteran leaders like Alfonso Soriano and David DeJesus may be gone, but the Cubs' young players are now playing everyday and improving rapidly. Star prospects like Russell, third baseman Kris Bryant, shortstop Javier Baez, outfielders Jorge Soler and Albert Almora, and pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Pierce Johnson are starting to arrive in the big leagues.
But improved play compared to recent years is just one of many reasons to head out to Cubs games this summer; nothing beats a relaxed ballgame at Wrigley Field on a warm summer day. 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of Wrigley Field, and the festivities carry on all summer. The Cubs celebrate a distinct decade of Cubs baseball over each homestand; they're even wearing authentic throwback uniforms from that period each Sunday home game. The Cubs continue to draw plenty of fans and it's not hard to see why. And Gold Coast Tickets has the largest inventory of Chicago Cubs tickets in the country! Get your tickets from us and skip all of those hefty service fees other sites charge. Plus, rest assured that you'll get in the game with our 200% Ticket Validity Guarantee. Pick up for free at our downtown office or on gameday in Wrigleyville at O'Malley's Liquor Kitchen, 3551 N. Sheffield Ave!