Word on the Street: Attendance woes at Wrigley?

Word on the Street: Attendance woes at Wrigley?

Friday, April 29, 2011
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Cubs offer incentives to combat low attendance

Is the attendance at Wrigley Field that dismal? Apparently so, as the Chicago Cubs are offering a few incentives to lure more fans to the bleacher section.

The team announced a weekday promotion that will start for the May 10 game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Select beer will only cost 3, and starting May 11, hot dogs will cost just 1 every Wednesday. Beginning May 30, bleacher-goers will receive a T-shirt for Monday games.

The promotions are limited to fans with bleacher tickets. (Chicago Tribune)
Hinrich 'doubtful' for Hawks-Bulls series

Citing a "significant" right hamstring strain, Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich has benn listed as doubtful for Atlanta's second-round playoff series against Chicago. An MRI exam revealed the strain.

Hinrich was injured late in the fourth quarter of Thursday's victory over the Orlando Magic, which clinched the East quarterfinal series for Atlanta.

The injury could prevent Hinrich from playing in much of the Eastern Conference semifinal matchup against the Bulls. (The Sports Network)

Psychic sports writer?

You would think correctly picking the most selections of the NLF draft would equate you to a psychic, or just really smart.

The Dallas Morning News' football writer is definitely that smart.

Rick Gosselin nailed 14 of the 32 picks (including eight of the first nine selections) in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft. His mock draft bested that of all of his sports writing peers. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Daley makes wager on Bulls-Hawks series

Chicago Mayer Richard Daley is willing to wager some of Chicago's landmark food items. Daley is betting Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Chicago's famous pizza, hot dogs, and ribs that the Bulls will beat the Hawks in the upcoming Eastern Conference semifinals.

Daley's package also includes cupcakes, Italian beef and a three-foot-long sub sandwich. (AP)

Beckham's wardrobe malfunction?

The Beckhams attended the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Princess Catherine at Westminster Abbey. The wedding went off without a hitch, but that wasn't the same story for David's outfit.

He wore his Order of the British Empire medal on the wrong lapel.

A news critic said "perhaps David set a historic trend today." (Off the Bench)

Yankees donate 500,000 for tornado relief

The New York Yankees have donated 500,000 to the relief efforts for the destructive tornadoes that struck the South. Sending 250,000 to the American Red Cross and 250,000 to the Salvation Army, Yankees general partner Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal said that the team wanted to help rebuild the communities that were devastated by this week's deadly storms.

Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson grew up in one of the hardest-hit areas, Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP)

White Sox trade catcher Dioner Navarro to Blue Jays

White Sox trade catcher Dioner Navarro to Blue Jays

The White Sox made room for the return of veteran catcher Alex Avila by trading Dioner Navarro to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

The club activated Avila off the 15-day disabled list and acquired left-handed minor league pitcher Colton Turner in exchange for Navarro, who spent the previous two seasons with the Blue Jays. Turner, who has a combined 1.33 ERA in 44 minor league games this season, has been assigned to Double-A Birmingham.

Navarro hit .210/.267/.339 with six home runs and 32 RBIs in 298 plate appearances this season.

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Avila, who has been on the disabled list since July 5 with a strained hamstring, went 7-for-11 with a home run and two walks on his assignment. He caught 12 innings during his rehab, including seven on Thursday.

“I’m ready to go,” Avila said.

The team has been happy with how rookie catcher Omar Narvaez has performed since he joined the club in July when Avila went on the DL. Narvaez has an .831 OPS in 43 plate appearances this season.

“I know Omar, with him being here and doing what he’s doing, you want him to get a little more of the shot of being able to play,” Ventura said. “I think he’s worked his way into that.”

Luis Solignac wins MLS Goal of the Week for opener in Montreal

Luis Solignac wins MLS Goal of the Week for opener in Montreal

Luis Solignac has made a big difference to the Chicago Fire’s attack since joining the team in early August.

On Friday, the Argentine forward added an award to show for his impact on the team. He won MLS Goal of the Week for his opening goal in the 3-0 win at Montreal on Aug. 20.

The curling goal from Solignac was his first in a Fire uniform. He also drew a penalty kick, which David Accam converted, in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy.

In Solignac’s 312 minutes, nearly three and a half games, the Fire have scored seven goals. Not bad considering the Fire were averaging less than a goal per game before Solignac’s arrival.

Watch: Ben Zobrist belts 'Let It Go' at Disneyland

Watch: Ben Zobrist belts 'Let It Go' at Disneyland

In case you were wondering whether Ben Zobrist knows all the words to "Let It Go," he does.

The Cubs' All-Star second baseman spent at least part of the team's off day with his family at Disneyland, and he posted this Instagram video of him and his daughter screaming along to the song from the movie "Frozen."

Check it out:

Some great family time for Zobrist. His wife has a challenger for the family's best singer. But not really.