Living the Dream: An Inside Account of the 2008 Cubs Season

Living the Dream: An Inside Account of the 2008 Cubs Season

by Jim McArdle
     
 

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Legendary broadcaster Jack Brickhouse once said "any team can have a bad century." He was joking, of course, but the Chicago Cubs franchise, whose games he worked for decades, entered 2008 on the brink of making his words come painfully true. A number of expansion teams in the four major sports never have won a World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, or NBA title… See more details below

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Legendary broadcaster Jack Brickhouse once said "any team can have a bad century." He was joking, of course, but the Chicago Cubs franchise, whose games he worked for decades, entered 2008 on the brink of making his words come painfully true. A number of expansion teams in the four major sports never have won a World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, or NBA title in their brief histories. But no team ever has gone 100 years without winning a championship. Following the Cubs' quest to avert that infamous distinction is the backdrop for Living the Dream, which, for author Jim McArdle, it truly was. McArdle, a former Cubs employee as editor of the official team magazine Vine Line, quit his job to devote himself completely to the 2008 Cubs' season. Thanks to clubhouse access generously offered by the team and an apartment located just beyond Wrigley's left-field fence, McArdle was uniquely positioned to compile this fascinating story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600781582
Publisher:
Triumph Books
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Jim McArdle is a Chicago-area native who graduated from Columbia College in the South Loop and began a career in sports journalism in 1987. Following nine years covering community sports for suburban weekly newspaper chains, he joined the Chicago Cubs' publications department in 1996. Ascending to manager of the department in 2000, he helped make Vine Line, the ballclub's monthly magazine, one of the most respected publications in professional sports and covered the team's playoff runs in 1998, 2003, and 2007. In early 2008, he left his job with the Cubs and spent the baseball season writing this memoir.

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