Chicago Cubs

Billy Donachio is a baseball coach who's been losing since 1969. Billy was in the Chicago Cubs farm system then, playing second base and drinking whiskey with shortstop Nick Glouser. These fictional characters have a lackluster season in contrast to the Major League Cubs who stay in first place for 155 games -- until the New York Mets pass them by in September.

Nick offered a toast so we could drink with purpose. "To the Mets," he said. "May their plane crash and burn before they play in the World Series."

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

About 4,000 people in the WNIJ listening area got a chance to pose with the Chicago Cubs World Series trophy last weekend. It made its way to Naperville on Saturday, along with Freeport and Rockford on Sunday.

Mike Peck is business operations director for the Rockford Ice Hogs. He says people started lining up at around 8 a.m. to be one of the guaranteed 1,500 ticket holders to pose with the trophy.

Today’s Cubs victory parade is expected to result in heavy delays on the Metra system. 

Trains will be crowded and operating off-schedule throughout the day, according to Daily Herald reports.  Baseball fans have been encouraged to take public transportation to the parade, but Metra advises regular riders to work from home today if possible.  

Officials further advised  passengers to leave early or stay late in Chicago to avoid a meltdown during the afternoon rush-hour.

The Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 in game four of their National League Division Series.  

This set the team up for a best-of-seven Championship Series against either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Washington Nationals.  Those two teams are playing their final division game Thursday.  

If the Cubs win the pennant, they have a chance at their first World Series title since 1908.   

The Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball filed a federal lawsuit last week against three dozen vendors for allegedly selling counterfeit Cubs gear around Wrigley Field.

Their lawsuit claims the individuals are "causing substantial and irreparable injury to the public” and to the team.

The complaint features photos of the alleged big-league pirates and their imitation wares.  These include a t-shirt showing Marilyn Monroe wearing a Cubs jersey and a bucket hat with the Cubs’ bear on it.