Home Run Analysis

The 2016 Major League Baseball season was one for the books. Between two endearing teams, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, facing off to end their century- and half-century-long World Series title droughts, tensions ran high and die-hard fanatics came hyped!

Both clubs wouldn’t have made it to this pivotal game without help from their supercharged rosters. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Addison Russell led the Windy City with the most home runs and RBIs completed during the season. Over at the “Rock and Roll Capital of the World,” Carlos Santana, Mike Napoli, and Jason Kipnis reigned as Cleveland’s batting leaders.

All in all, home runs in the MLB are on the rise, and the baseball analysts at Fanatics compiled all batting stats from the 2016 season to provide you with enough home run data to hold you over until we start seeing some bombs this season.

Continue reading to see which teams and players stepped up to the plate this season with a home run state of mind!

Teams With the Swing

Major League Baseball players are some of the hardest hitters in the world. Let’s take a look at which teams have been crushin’ balls out of the park and dropping the jaws of teammates and fans alike.

The Baltimore Orioles topped the charts this season by scoring a total of 253 homers – the most nailed by any team in the MLB. Mark Trumbo – first baseman and outfielder for The O’s – led the Maryland-based squad with 47 at-bats converted into critical home run hits. Fielders Chris Davis and Manny Machado backed up the home run batting leader by nailing 38 and 37 home runs, respectively. The Orioles enjoyed a strong home run lead advantage over the rest of the clubs in the league for the majority of the season. The only team to step up to the plate to rival the Orioles was their inter-league competitor – the St. Louis Cardinals – trailing the Birds by 28 homers.

Rounding out the top five in season home runs were the Seattle Mariners (223), Toronto Blue Jays (221), and New York Mets (218).

Home Run State of Mind

Being the batting leader in your respective league is quite an impressive feat to boast on a major league resume.

Slugger Mark Trumbo hit a total of 47 home runs during his time at the plate this past season. Although the first baseman has been described as “one-dimensional,” his home run abilities are unrivaled. Trumbo’s excellence against inside pitches is what sets him apart from the rest, designating him an elite power hitter. No. 45’s exceptional performance could be accredited to his newfound happiness after signing a multiyear contract with the Orioles.

Trailing behind the seasoned slugger was Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz, with a notable 43 homers under his belt in 2016. Cruz’s talent at the plate is prodigious and is showing no decline in this department as he is the only player to have surpassed the 40-homer threshold throughout the past three Major League seasons.  

Brian Dozier, Edwin Encarnación, and Khris Davis finished up as the top five hardest hitters in the league – all reaching the 42 home run mark by season end.

It’s That Time of Year Again…

Just as the weather fluctuates by season with reason to Earth’s axial tilt, the MLB tends to witness a spike in home runs depending on the month of the year.

Data suggest that sluggers at the plate are less likely to hit a dinger in April, with only 740 pitches hit out of town during the rainy month. It appears that the weather wasn’t the only thing on fire this summer. MLB batters were on a hot streak between the months of June and August, slamming a total of 2,928 homers. August takes the cake by far, recording an astronomical 1,053 home run hits alone within the 31 calendar days.

Major League history was made this season when the Baltimore Orioles set the all-time home run mark for the month of June with 56 dingers. Hyun Soo Kim is responsible for the record-setting rocket after his solo blast during the seventh inning against the Mariners.

Hey Batta, Batta!

The world of baseball is riddled with an array of written and unwritten rules. One of those “unwritten” rules entails not swinging at a risky 3-0 pitch as the batter is just one ball away from being handed first base. The majority of sluggers who step up to the plate attempt to hit a long ball on the first pitch thrown, and it seems to be working. Batters launched the most rockets to flight off 0-0 pitches with a total of 983 homers – dominating all other situational pitches with a 300-plus home run lead.

Curtain Call

With spring training in full force, there’s no telling how many home runs one should expect from the 2017 season. Be ready to support your home team the best way you know how. Head over to Fanatics, because we’ve got you covered with the latest MLB jerseys and fan gear.


Managerial Journeys: Dusty Baker


With over 40 years in baseball – almost 20 as a player and over 20 as a managerDusty Baker, who is currently at the helm of the Washington Nationals, has seen plenty. His journey has taken him from small to large market teams and across the entire U.S. This is one legend who isn’t content with just being a part of America’s pastime – he’s still a part of baseball’s present and future.

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Join us as we take a look at the road Dusty Baker has walked to make it from playing in the minors to coaching World Series contenders.

Player Power, Powerful Player


Born Johnnie B. Baker, the California native entered professional baseball as a player through the 1967 MLB June Amateur Draft. He was selected in the 26th round by the Atlanta Braves. While he did his work in the minors – receiving call-ups every year from 1968 forward – Baker didn’t join the Braves majors squad until 1972.

He would eventually leave the Atlanta Braves and Georgia to return home to the Golden State as a player for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His best stretch as a member of the Blue Crew came between the 1980 and 1982 seasons. Baker would finish in the top 10 of MVP voting twice, attend two All-Star games, earn two Silver Slugger awards, and receive one Gold Glove. Oh, and he also would be a part of the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Champions side.

Baker would round out his playing days playing with the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics before starting the next phase of his professional association with baseball.

Move to Management

Dusty Baker assumed the role as manager of the San Francisco Giants in 1993, and he had a better first year than anyone could have expected. The ’93 Giants finished the season with a record of 103-59, which earned Baker NL Manager of the Year honors. He would win the award two more times with the Giants, in 1997 and 2000. Baker almost navigated his team to a World Championship but lost 4-3 in a seven game series against the Anaheim Angels in 2002. That was also the end of his tenure in San Francisco.

He would move eastward to Chicago, where he’d take the Cubs to the postseason in one out of four seasons, before heading to the Cincinnati Reds. Baker’s performance as the manager of the Reds saw his team make it to the postseason in three of his six seasons, but he never advanced further than the first round. All of this experience would take Dusty to the nation’s capital in 2016, where he signed on to manage the Washington Nationals. While he hasn’t replicated the 2002 season in charge of the San Francisco Giants to date, the Nationals represent an excellent opportunity to make a huge playoff push.

A National Treasure

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The Best Inaugural Seasons in MLB History


First Year Success in the Big Leagues

Late 19th-century baseball very clearly valued function over fashion, as deduced by the professional baseball monikers of the era. For example, the Los Angeles Dodgers of today were born from the: Brooklyn Atlantics (1884), Brooklyn Bridegrooms (1888), and Brooklyn Superbas (1899). After a stint as the Brooklyn Robins (1914) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1932), the franchise relocated to Los Angeles in 1958.

The beginnings of professional baseball are choppy with leagues forming and dissolving, but some original clubs are among the most heralded. Today’s Chicago Cubs were sculpted from an upstart 1876 inaugural season by the Chicago White Stockings as they went 52-14 in their first year, with a win/loss percentage of .788. This is the best win/loss percentage of any team – historical or current – during their inaugural season. The White Stockings carried this early success into the still-green National League, leading the league for six of their first 11 seasons.

In 1883, the Boston Beaneaters formed from the Boston Red Stockings. They had an outstanding inaugural season, going 63-35 with a win/loss percentage of .643 (sixth best in the history of baseball), which carried into a decent 24-year run for the team. They then became the: Boston Doves (1907), Boston Rustlers (1911), Boston Braves (1912), Boston Bees (1936), Boston Braves (1941), Milwaukee Braves (1953), and finally your present-day Atlanta Braves (since 1966). Yes, your storied Atlanta Braves were once the Beaneaters.

All-Star Starters


Today’s Cubs had an excellent first season of their own in 1903, with a 59.4 win/loss percentage and an 82-56 record. They were World Series champions in back-to-back years (1907 and 1908), and have appeared in 11 championship series. Before becoming the reigning champions of MLB with their 2016 title, the Cubs didn’t appear in a World Series for 71 years (1945 World Series vs. the Detroit Tigers).

This was when the Cubbies’ curse was put in motion, as a local bar owner of The Billy Goat Tavern apparently attempted to bring his goat through the turnstiles with him. The 1940s were a simpler time, yes, but you still couldn’t bring goats into ballparks. As the gentleman and his goat were sensibly turned away, he bellowed a curse on the Cubs into the Wrigley Field gates, and the longest drought in sports then commenced.

Getting a Good Leadoff


Additional noteworthy historical MLB teams include the 1885 New York Giants (win/loss percentage of .759); the 1882 Cincinnati Red Stockings (win/loss percentage of 68.8); the 1899 Brooklyn Superbas (win/loss percentage of .682), and the 1883 St. Louis Browns (win/loss percentage of .663).

The Red Stockings were a charter member of the first National League before being excommunicated by the baseball saints in 1880 for refusing to stop selling beer during games and for refusing to stop renting out the stadium on Sundays. They went on to help establish the American Association (who had no quarrel with hoppy refreshments) in 1881 and shined throughout the third finest inaugural baseball season in history.

Superbas – because you’re wondering – is a reference to a successful Broadway act of the late 19th century. As was popular during this era, team names sprung from newspaper print into game day programs. The Dodgers, rumor has it, ultimately received their name as a derivation of the nickname, Trolley Dodgers – a reference to the winding mass of trolley tracks within the borough.

Vintage Winners


In 1901, MLB added the American League into the fold, introducing eight teams into play: the Chicago White Stockings, Boston Somersets, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, Cleveland Blues, and the Milwaukee Brewers. More than just an expansion experiment, this laid the groundwork for the next century of baseball in America.

Of the best win/loss percentages for MLB inaugural seasons, three of the teams still exist today: the White Sox, Tigers, and Athletics.

The Chicago White Sox played the first official game of the American League in 1901. They won their first game and 82 more en route to a current MLB best of .61. 1901 was a strong year for inaugural season records, but Chicago claims top honors. The Motor City owns the sixth best current win/loss percentage (.548) for the Tigers’ 1901 debut season, going 74-61. Being ever so slightly edged out, the 1901 Athletics (74-62 with a .544 win/loss percentage) take seventh for active teams.

Of these three American League strongholds, Detroit has appeared in 11 World Series. They’ve won four championships; however, the last was in 1984. The White Sox have appeared in less than half as many World Series, but claimed victory in 2005 against the Houston Astros.

Two late-model teams to crack the top five active teams with the best inaugural seasons are the Tampa Bay Rays (2008) and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005). The Rays went 97-68 in their debut season, finishing with a 59.9 win/loss percentage – the second highest among active teams. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have the fifth best active win/loss percentage (.586). While somewhat successful, neither team has managed to find success in the postseason.

Ball Game

In the nonstop thrill ride of MLB, there’s no telling the success a future expansion team or relocated ballclub may find. Will anyone ever top the White Stockings’ debut? Well, it’s been over 140 years, and no team has managed to top them. We’ll have to tune in and see.

So if your Beaneaters jersey is now just a sash of cascading threads, and your Bridegrooms cap has become a tattered woolen sweatband, maybe it’s time to head to Fanatics to upgrade your MLB apparel.


Projecting the 2017 MLB Season


After witnessing the Chicago Cubs end their 108-year World Series drought after downing the Cleveland Indians in an epic game 7 in 2016, fanatics have begun to speculate about what chaos will ensue during the next season.

With the first pitch of the 2017 MLB season flamed down the dirt strip and across home plate, it’s with great pleasure to announce that baseball is officially back in action! It’s hard to tell if 2017 can top the excitement that came in 2016, but between breakout players and rising statistical leaders, anything is possible.

The baseball hotheads at Fanatics decided to dive into Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm) projections for the 2017 season. Read on to see what promises and pitfalls lie ahead in the regular and postseason showdowns!

Divisional Domination


The Boston Red Sox are favored to win the AL East, a not-so-bold prediction, but the Sox have their expectations set high for their newly acquired left-hand flamethrower – Chris Sale. Sale, a former pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, put on quite the performance during his debut after striking out Starling Marte in the first inning. The projections go on to predict that the Tampa Bay Rays will trail the Boston-based squad and arrive in the postseason as a Wild Card team.

After experiencing the epic showdown of last season’s World Series grab, it’s safe to assume that both the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians will perform accordingly to reach postseason gameplay once more. Although the rematch would attract less hype, it would be historic to witness the Indians break their 69-year championship drought as well.

Champs are here.

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The Houston Astros are anticipated to win the AL West with 93 wins, placing hope in the hands of their newest pitcher, Charlie Morton, as well as one of baseball’s superstars, Jose Altuve. Additionally, the rivalry between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals will grow as both clubs are expected to finish with the same record (87-75). Not to mention, Nats seasoned slugger (Bryce Harper) and Mets super-pitcher (Noah Syndergaard) aren’t exactly on the best terms after their latest social media feud.

Postseason Powerhouse


Three out of the four Wild Card teams all ranked with the lowest percentage of moving forward, with the exception of the Nationals inching out their division rival by 0.1 percent.

The Astros will shock hardcore fanatics with how far they’ve come this season but will fall to the defending American League champs – the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, a rematch of last year’s World Series contest is not predicted to happen again as the Los Angeles Dodgers are set to knock the Cubbies out of the ballpark. The SoCal-based group is expected to continue their National League dominance by claiming their fifth consecutive division title. Deep pockets and young talent are the fuel to fire behind the success of these Hollywood hotshots.

Drum roll please … and the projected winner of the 2017 World Series Championship is none other than the Los Angeles Dodgers (16.3 percent). Although the Indians will not go down easily, the numbers simply are not in their favor with a 14.4 percent chance of breaking their drought.

Here’s to the Future

While predictions are fun to cast, there’s no telling what will happen during the 2017 MLB season. One thing is for certain though: fans will show up to cheer on their favorite team no matter what. Head over to Fanatics.com now to stock up on the latest fan gear and apparel your team has to offer!


The Evolution of the Chicago Cubs Hat – MLB Baseball Caps


The Evolution of MLB Hats: Chicago Cubs

The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs are primed for an electric follow-up to last year’s curse-crushing performance. As one of the most storied teams in the MLB, a follow-up championship appearance would certainly bookend the team’s success. In fact, the Chicago Cubs first one a World Series title in 1907 and again in 1908.

The Cubs first received their moniker from a local newspaper in the early 1900s in reference to its youthful roster. Officially adopting the nickname in 1907, the team has proudly worn the “C” for the past 110 years.

Chi-Town Caps


For their inaugural season, the Cubs’ look was much different than it is now.

As for superstition in baseball, Chicago did not start the trend. After an inaugural World Series championship, the Cubs refashioned their logo the very next year, sporting a variation of the “C” on their caps. The away team’s pinstripes remained (although now blue), and this look stuck for a few years.

Baseball should be fun. So, in 1914 the Cubbies made a somewhat docile selection stitching into their ball caps a white bear cub resting on its hind legs with a bat tucked beneath an arm. There have been numerous variations made on “the cub” over the decades.

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From the 1920s through 2017, Chicago leaned heavily on the “C” to distinguish their official hats. In 1926, a sharp white block-lettered “C” was utilized.

Throughout the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, the Cubs adopted a classic ovular wishbone “C” The club restyled the shades used and even trimmed off the pin-tail for two seasons (1937-39), before resuming it from 1940-1956.

Now for the nostalgic white-outlined red “C” on blue. This insignia stands shoulder to shoulder with other classic logos, like the Yankees and Red Sox. The familiar Chicago Cubs “C” has remained essentially unchanged since 1957.



Chicago Cubs New Era 2017 Gold Program World Series Champions Commemorative 59FIFTY Fitted Hat – Royal

From legendary Wrigley Field to the iconic Chicago “C” the Cubbies have cemented themselves in the bedrock of Major League Baseball’s foundation. The logo that was once akin to “cursed” is now synonymous with “champion” Will the Cubs repeat as they did in 1908 and return to World Series glory?

To represent the defending champs in style, head to Fanatics for new World Series champions commemorative hats to start the 2017 season off right. Or buy a Chicago Cubs hat from Fansedge.com, a popular version are the Chicago Cubs trucker hats.


Cubs Fans Celebrate a Win 108 Years in the Making

It’s Game 7 in the bottom of the 10th inning. Every Cubs fan in the world is waiting in anticipation with a one-run lead, one out away from a World Series victory. 

Chicago Cubs win World Series 2016

There have been generations of friends and families going to Cubs game and loyal fans of a team that had been shut out for 108 years. Parents taking their kids to their first game and friends gathered around radios and television sets building a bond based on baseball. Everyone wearing their favorite Cubs t-shirts, hats and official Cubs memorabilia in hopes of a win.

There have been highs and lows for each Cubs fan during every nail-biting moment, but the highs had never culminated with a championship.

Times were the Cubs were very close, and times where hope never flourished. However, the love for the Cubbies kept each fan with some hope that someday it would be their day. The infamous Billy Goat curse plagued the team for many years, and for some, it’s the reason why the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in so long. Baseball is partly a game of omen, jinxes and curses. But for Cubs fans, it’s bigger than that.

Cubs fans are not just celebrating a team they have watched their entire life, but the memories they have gained while watching them with loved ones. Many are gone and many have aged, but the love for the game and the team still roars young. This is more than just being a fan it becomes a family game for generations.

So with one out to go, Montgomery pitches. It’s hit for a ground ball, picked up by Kris Bryant and thrown to first for the final out. It’s the beginning of the “someday” grandparents, parents, friends and siblings have spoken about for decades.

Tonight, it’s more than just a win, but a family reunion.

Cubs fans, young and old, have waited their entire lives for this moment to celebrate their team as World Series champions. It took an epic comeback and a Game 7 for the ages to make that happen, and the priceless reactions from these Cubs fans truly encapsulate 108 long years of suffering done away by a special 2016 Chicago Cubs team.

Home Run Hotspots: Wrigley Field


Though easily one of baseball’s most endearing franchises, the Chicago Cubs haven’t actually delivered a World Series Championship in over a century. But after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in game six of the National League Championship Series, the Cubs may have their chance. It will be the first World Series appearance for the Cubs since 1945, and they will be playing against another team in the midst of a dry spell: The Cleveland Indians, who last won the World Series in 1948. A huge reason for their success this postseason has been infielder Javier Báez, who leads the team in almost every offensive category. Jon Lester has been the Cubs’ best starting pitcher this postseason, and superstar closer Aroldis Chapman has been dominant out of the bullpen.

The Curse

The Cubs have lost seven World Series titles since their back-to-back wins in 1907 and 1908. Some baseball fans like to attribute this dubious feat to what is known as the “Billy Goat Curse.” On Oct. 6, 1945, Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave game four of the World Series because his pet goat, Murphy, smelled so bad it was bothering other fans. As Billy left the stadium, he allegedly said, “The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more,” and a curse was born.

History of The Friendly Confines

It doesn’t matter if the Cubs win or lose – Wrigley Field is a destination for baseball fans everywhere. The field is located on the corner of Clark and Addison Street in North Side, Chicago. Built in 1914, Wrigley Field is the second-oldest Major League Baseball stadium (Boston’s Fenway Park is the oldest). The stadium began as Weeghman Park, where Chicago’s Federals and Whales played in the Federal League. The league soon folded for financial reasons, and Charles Weeghman purchased the Cubs from the Taft family in 1915 – the same year William Wrigley Jr. became a minority stockholder. At Wrigley’s request, the stadium became known as Cubs Park in 1920, and was renamed Wrigley Field in 1926.

The bleachers and scoreboard were constructed in 1937, and the original scoreboard still stands today. Lights were added to the stadium after the Tribune Company purchased the Cubs in 1981, along with a new office space, private boxes, and a restaurant in 2005.

Wrigley Field has housed some incredible historic moments in baseball, such as Babe Ruth’s famous “called shot” in the 1932 World Series. It is where Ernie Banks hit his 500th home run, and where Pete Rose tied Ty Cobb for most hits of all time (after Rose’s 4,191st career hit at Wrigley in 1985).


You may not be able to catch Ernie Banks hit a home run anymore, but you still have as good an opportunity as any to catch a current player’s home run ball at Wrigley Field. If you want to increase your odds of catching a ball, finding the right seat and section could make or break your chances. It is clear in the heat map that left field has seen the most long ball action over the life of the stadium. More specifically, if you can sit in sections 304, 305, or 306 (as close to the outfield wall as possible), the better the chances of you catching a home run ball.

Heavy Bats

Speaking of home runs, Wrigley Field saw 163 home runs in 81 games this season. At 2.01 home runs per game, Wrigley is slightly below the overall National League average of 2.01 home runs per game. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit the longest home run of the year, at 461 feet. The average home run at Wrigley traveled 396.4 feet, just under the overall National League average of 402.6 feet.

As you thoroughly plan to catch that long ball, make sure you also plan out your wardrobe. Head over to Fanatics.com for all the Cubs gear a die-hard fan could ask for. Maybe the team can finally kick that “Billy Goat Curse” during the World Series – and when they do, you’ll be rocking your red, white, and blue.


Best Places to Watch the World Series 2016

Best place to watch the World Series Cubs vs Indians

What makes this year’s World Series so special are the participating teams. The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs both haven’t won a World Series title in decades. Who would have guessed that two such teams would be facing off against each other in true American fashion.

The Cubs were 7-3 prior to this series; however, Cleveland looked a bit better going into it with a record of 7-1. Both teams undoubtedly have a chip on their shoulder, which can only make this series that much more exciting to watch. When we say these teams haven’t won a World Series in some time, we mean it! The Cubs haven’t won the World Series in 108 years! The Indians have also suffered a sizeable drought: 68 years. Get ready for a wild and emotional ride, Cubs and Indians fans.

While there is no bad place to catch a World Series game, there are some better ones. Great Lakes Brewing Company, for example, will take you to Progressive Field in Cleveland for $1 on its Fatty Wagon before the game if you’re lucky enough to have tickets. How could you beat that? If you find yourself ticketless, don’t fret just yet. We’ve done some digging for you and picked out the top 5 bars where you can yell your heart out at during this year’s World Series.

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar & Grill

Any bar named “Sluggers” sounds like the perfect place to be for a World Series game already. It’s the perfect place to watch the Cubs game near Wrigley Field. On its second floor, Sluggers has the ultimate indoor sports complex with batting cages and games. With over 30 HD TVs, this place is a destination that fits everyone’s gameday needs.

The Cubby Bear

As the saying goes, “location, location, location.” The Cubby Bear is located right across from Wrigley Field looking directly at the Wrigley Field Marquee. We are getting goosebumps already. Aside from the bar’s great location, it also has over 30,000 square feet of space filled with massive TVs. You won’t have to worry about that tall guy in front of you who just made you miss that Báez home run. You’ll get the game from all angles.


John Barleycorn

John Barleycorn is more of an upscale pub. With a view of Wrigley Field and a dance floor, what else could you need to celebrate a team win? It’s also one of the more spacious bars in Wrigleyville. This obviously matters when everyone and their mom is trying to catch a game across from the action. With its 20 TVs, you’ll be good to go with the World Series action everywhere you turn.

Great Lakes Brewing Company

The bars in Cleveland have it all figured out, especially this one, with the $1 transportation to Progressive Field on Great Lake’s eco-friendly Fatty Wagon. If you’ve got tickets to the game, this would be the place to go beforehand. If not, you’re still bound to have an amazing time, especially if you love a good handcrafted beer. They have plenty of seating upstairs in their Market and Rockefeller rooms as well as a beer garden next door. If you’re not so much into baseball but still want to be in on the action, Great Lakes offers a porch out front where you can enjoy lots of people-watching and even bring your dog!

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Winking Lizard Tavern

Only a hop, skip, and a jump from Progressive Field, the Winking Lizard Tavern is a great place to witness baseball history. The tavern is a great place to not only enjoy some drinks but to also indulge in some of their famous chicken wings, with 15 different sauces to meet everyone’s liking!

If you’re planning on catching the games in a social spot, don’t forget that most of these bars will have entrance fees or packages for purchase prior to the game. Once you set the scene, it’s time to snag your team’s colors. Head over to Fanatics right now to get your Cubs and Indians apparel. We’ve got you covered. Have a great World Series experience!


The History of the Chicago Cubs W Flag over Wrigley Field

When the Chicago Cubs win, the main sight around Chicago is a storm of white flags bearing a plain blue “W” on them. But the casual fan may not know why.

The origin of the Cubs “W” Flag has simple roots, coming to fruition in the late 1930s. Beginning between 1937 and 1938, a flag bearing the “W” would be raised over the scoreboard following a Cubs win, while a flag with the letter “L” would fly if the Cubs lost.

Chicago Cubs W flag Wringley Field

(Source: Chicago Tribune historical photo 1938)

It began as a way for Wrigley Field staff to let Chicagoans know the result of that day’s Cubs game, whether they were passing by the stadium on foot or traveling on public transit. Before fans could check the Internet, social media or even a transistor radio, the raised flag was their way of finding out the Cubs’ fate that day. Right after a win by the Cubs at Wringley Field, the white flag with blue W is raised above the center field scoreboard. The next morning, the flag is taken down during the morning commute hours, which give all Cubs fans the chance to know if their favorite cubbies have won the game.

In the 80 years since, the “W” Flag has become a central symbol for Cubs fans, just as much as the brick and ivy outfield walls or the outfield bleachers. It’s still used in the traditional sense – flown above the scoreboard, on cars or front porches of Cubs fans after a win – but has transcended its intended meaning to become an insignia of Chicago Cubs fandom.

The “W” Flag is no longer just a symbol to signify whether the Cubs won. It’s a rallying cry, a signal of Cubs pride worn on t-shirts and hoodies and emblazoned anywhere that Cubs fans are.

Chicago Cubs W on Tshirt

(Source: Fanatics at Chicago Cubs Majestic Youth W Flag T-Shirt – Royal)

2016 has been a special year for the Cubs, who advanced to their first World Series since 1945, but also for the “W” flag. Chicago’s 103 regular-season wins were the franchise’s most since 1910, decades before the “W” ever came to existence.

The Cubs haven’t just pumped joy into one of sports’ most passionate and longest-suffering fan bases throughout this historic season by hoisting a National League pennant. They’ve also given the “W” its most use in the flag’s extensive history.

If the “W” is raised four more times above the Wrigley Field scoreboard, it will mean a 108-year drought has ended and Wrigleyville will be rocking like never before.

Cubs fans can shop at Fanatics.com for their W Flags, Cubs T-Shirts, Jerseys and Hats along with Cubs World Series Gear as the Cubbies go for their third World Series crown.

Chicago Cubs Walk-Up Songs

The Cubs are making their way to the playoffs this year.

Walk-Up Song Synergy

Anyone with an ounce of superstition tends to believe that the right walk-up songs produce good karma for their favorite teams. The music plays, the player gets pumped, the crowd goes wild.

In perhaps the best-known example, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro made headlines earlier this year for his catchy walk-up song choice: “Ando En La Versace” by Omega. Not only did the fans go wild, but the whole team clapped along, from the bullpen catcher to the relievers. Even a player from the opposing team admitted he’d had a hard time not clapping along.

While you wait to see what the series brings next, we’ve compiled a Chicago Cubs playlist for you, featuring players’ favorite walk-up songs.

Songs of the Cubs

Sounds of the Cubs

When it comes to genres, hip-hop/rap and Latin music are top choices for Cubs players. Next comes metal, and country, electronic, and punk/emo music tie for least popular.

How does that play out? Upbeat, catchy tunes rule the field… Yoervis Medina and David Ross walk up – and fans get down – to “Funky Cold Medina” by Tone Loc. Jake Arrieta rocks out to Ronald Jenkees’s “Disorganized Fun.” Songs by Green Day, Linkin Park, and Quiet Riot also make the cut.

Let’s Walk

Our research of the league overall uncovered some interesting stats when it comes to walk-up songs. Players who walked up to electronic music average the highest batting averages, while players who walked up to rock averaged the lowest. Players who opted for alternative/indie music batted the most home runs, and batters who favor hip-hop/rap hit the fewest.

When it comes to pitching, players who favor rock had the best average and the most strikeouts. Pitchers who chose metal or country walk-up songs had the lowest performance.

Whether or not you believe there’s a correlation, one thing is certain: The Cubs can use all the help they can get. So crank up the tunes!

Update: find other MLB teams’ player walk up songs at the MLB Walk Up Songs application at Fanatics