9/3 Extra bases

* The Cubs led the National League in home runs in both June (33 homers) and August (39). The last time the team led the NL in home runs two months in the same season was 2004. That year, the Cubs paced the league with 48 homers in August and 44 in September/October.

* The Cubs have won 3,995 games at Wrigley Field heading into Saturday’s contest. They look to become the third franchise in Major League history to win at least 4,000 regular season games in one ballpark, joining the Red Sox (4,427 at Fenway Park) and the Yankees (4,133 at original Yankee Stadium).

* Carlos Pena has reached the 25 homer mark for the sixth time in his career and fifth straight season. He joins six others to hit 25 homers in each of the last five seasons, including Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, Mark Teixeira and Dan Uggla. Pena is the first Cubs left-handed hitter to notch 25 homers since Jacque Jones hit 27 in 2006.

— Carrie Muskat


The Cubs are truly in a class with some great dynasties. Looking forward to the post Hendry era when we will surely see the importance of QULAITY, WINNING TEAMS and we no longer have to hang our hats on individual player home run “accomplishments” or leading the league in anything other than victories. Go Ricketts, go Cubbies!!! Bring back our dynasty!!! (And while you’re at it…bring back Sandberg!!!)

Holy cow. We have the hottest hitter in all of triple A and we are going to sit him until his stroke is gone.

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