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Friendly Confines Chicago Cubs Baseball Podcast

156 EpisodesProduced by Chad Gordon and Ryan LieberWebsite

Cubs talk for Cubs fans. Hosts Ryan Lieber and Chad Gordon, hatched their plan for this Podcast while watching the Cubs take batting practice before World Series Game 6. Each episode explore 9 "innings" of topics with a special 7th Inning guest conductor/interview with a Chicago sports reporter/anch… read more

156 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

Cubs Open 2022 Season-Roy Wood Jr. Joins the boys - Ep. 50

April 12th, 2022


1st inning: How do we get excited about the 2022 Cubs?

2nd inning: Dissatisfied they didn’t sign any big names in the off-season?

3rd inning: What player are you most interested in watching?

4th inning: Is the rotation …

Biggest off-season questions for the Cubs-WSB-TV Sports Anchor Zach Klein of joins the boys!

October 29th, 2021

1st inning-Work stoppage shutdown Dec 2nd
2nd inning-Contreras future
3rd inning- Wisdom Silver Slugger finalist
4th inning- 3 biggest holes to fill …

What does the Cubs off-season look like? Chicago Party Aunt Chris Witaske joins the boys!

October 22nd, 2021

1st inning-Final thoughts on 2021 season
2nd inning- New GM in town
3rd inning- First move Hawkins needs to make?
4th inning-Which shortstop do you want?
5th inning- How long before they can contend again?
6th inning- …

What does the Cubs future look like? Mark Carman from NBC Sports Chicago joins the boys.

September 21st, 2021

What does the off-season look like for the Cubs? How does this team rebuild? Plus Mark Carman from Fansided, WGN Radio and NBC Sports Chicago joins us. @ryandlieber @thechadgordon @thecarm


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3 Weeks to Go…Cubs Shift to Spoilers while Evaluating those Left Behind

September 16th, 2021

Chad and Ryan Breakdown those left behind, look at the Big 3 (Bryant, Baez and Rizzo).


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The Dog Days of the 2021 Season-Orioles Broadcaster Melanie Newman joins the show!

August 14th, 2021

1st Inning-Jake’s Legacy
2nd Inning-Cubs Lovable Losers Again?
3rd Inning-Does Rafael Ortega have Staying Power?
4th Inning-Can Ian Happ Return to Form?
5th Inning-What New Face Stays in 2022?
6th Inning-Why/Why Not Watch

Baseball Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch-Full Interview

August 14th, 2021

Baseball Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch joins the show. Twitter: @thechadgordon @ryandlieber @cubsconfines @baseballhall @joshrawitch


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The Great Chicago Cubs Fire(Sale) of '21 Aftermath-Baseball Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch Joins the Show-Joey Christopoulos Guest Hosts W/Chad

August 5th, 2021


1st Inning-One Week Later-Thoughts of the Great Chicago Fire Sale of 2021   

2nd Inning-Jed and Rizzo’s Dueling Messages   

3rd-Thoughts in Seeing the Big 3 in other Uni’s   

4th inning-Rating the Return/Replenishing …

The Calm Before the Trade Deadline Storm. ESPN1000's Carmen DeFalco Joins the Boys and a Special Co-Host joins Chad

July 23rd, 2021


Inning 1—Trade Deadline is Upon Us... Who’s next?

Inning 2—If you could keep just one, would you keep either Javy & Rizzo or Bryant?

Inning …

Full interview with Gary Sheffield, Jr. of Outkick Sports

July 23rd, 2021


Outkick Sports reporter Gary Sheffield, Jr. joins the show. @thechadgordon @cubsconfines @bearsbarroom @ryandlieber @garysheffieldjr

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The Cubs Fire Sale Begins. CBS 2 Chicago News Anchor Ryan Baker Joins the Show

July 16th, 2021

1st inning-Reaction to first half? 2nd inning-Offense report card 3rd inning-Pitching report card 4th inning-Manager report card 5th inning-What’s next? 6th inning-All-Star Game snore? 7th inning-Ryan Baker Int 8th …

Full interview with ABC 7 Chicago Sports Anchor Dionne Miller

July 16th, 2021

ABC 7 Chicago Sports Anchor Dionne Miller joins the boys to talk about the future of the Chicago Cubs. @thechadgordon @cubsconfines @bearsbarroom @ryandlieber @dmillerabc7


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Did Cubs Losing Streak End Their Season? Gary Sheffield, Jr. of Outkick Sports joins the boys.

July 16th, 2021

1st inning-11 straight losses
2nd inning-Who’s to blame?
3rd inning- Arietta on IL will he be back?
4th inning-Players on the trading block
5th …

Is the Cubs season already over? ABC 7 Chicago Sports Anchor Dionne Miller joins the boys!

July 16th, 2021


1st inning-The June Swoon 2nd inning-Why should they sell? 3rd inning-Why should they stay the course? 4th inning-Bullpen busted 5th inning-Time to …

Full interview with Lou Canellis of WFLD Fox 32

July 16th, 2021


Lou Canellis, Sports Director of WFLD Fox 32 joins the boys to talk about the Cubs 2021 season. @thechadgordon @cubsconfines @bearsbarroom @ryandlieber @loucanellis

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Cubs Scuffle Through The Month-Lou Canellis Sports Director of Fox 32 Chicago joins the boys

June 29th, 2021


1st inning-Silent Bats 🦇  2nd inning-Baez benched  3rd inning-Hot Hendricks  4th inning-Playing out the month  5th inning-Zobrist lawsuit  6th inning-Sticky situation  7th inning-Lou Canellis Int  8th inning-NL Central …

Full length interview with Dani Wexelman of MLB Network radio.

June 29th, 2021

Dani Wexelman of MLB Network Radio joins the show. @thechadgordon @cubsconfines @bearsbarroom @ryandlieber @daniwex


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Will the Real Cubs Please Stand Up. Guest Co-Host ESPN CU’s Lon Tay. Plus MLB Radio Dani Wexelman

June 24th, 2021


1st Inning-Up and Down Week-Cards Domination/Mets Trouble 2nd Inning-MLB Sticky Crackdown 3rd Inning-Nature is Healing: Wrigley at 100% capacity 4th Inning-The Jason Heyward Problem 5th Inning-Rizzo/Heyward Anti-Vaxxers …

Full interview with WLS ABC 7 Sports Anchor Mark Schanowski.

June 24th, 2021


Longtime sportscaster Mark Schanowski joins the boys in this full length interview.

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Cubs Back to 100% at Wrigley-Brenda Hilton of Officially Human joins us the Boys

June 14th, 2021


1st inning-West Coast Woes Trip? 2nd inning-Murray back for Opening Day 2.0 3rd inning-Kenney says Cubs are losing money, do you believe him? 4th inning-New City Connect Uniforms 5th inning-Wisdom is wise 6th …

NPR host, CBS Sunday Morning Contributor, and Huge Cubs Fan Scott Simon Full Interview.

June 8th, 2021

Longtime radio host on NPR, contributor on CBS Sunday Morning and Cubs fan Scot Simon joins the boys in this special edition of the Friendly Confines.


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The Red Hot Cubs Continue to Surge-Mark Schanowski from ABC 7 Sports joins the boys.

June 3rd, 2021

1st inning: Winning solves everything
2nd inning: Toughest month of the year?
3rd inning: What should Jed do?
4th inning: Is the Cubs farm system better …

Full length interview with Iowa Cubs broadcaster Alex Cohen.

June 3rd, 2021


Iowa Cubs broadcaster Alex Cohen joins the show. Find and follow us online on Twitter: @ryandlieber @thechadgordon, @bearsbarroom @cubsconfines Join …

Cubs Battle Back Into 1st Place-NPR Host and CBS Sunday Morning reporter Scott Simon joins the boys.

May 28th, 2021

1st inning-How does 1st place sound? 2nd inning-Can the Cubs keep this pace? 3rd inning-Javy creates the play of the week 4th inning-Who do you credit the turnaround to? 5th inning-Is Bryant the early MVP favorite? 6th …

Full Length interview with NBC Sports-Bay Area host Jessica Kleinschmidt

May 28th, 2021


Jessica Kleinschmidt of NBC Sports Bay Area joins the show. Find and follow us online on Twitter: @ryandlieber @thechadgordon, @bearsbarroom …

Are the Cubs a Legit Contender? Iowa Cubs broadcaster Alex Cohen joins the boys.

May 28th, 2021


1st inning-Is this team where you thought they’d be? 2nd inning-Hoyer disappointed in COVID rates for team 3rd inning-Bleacher seats for vaccinated fans 4th inning-Lester and Schwarber return 5th inning-Next video …

Up and Down Cubs-Michelle Margaux of the SNY Network joins the boys.

May 20th, 2021

1st inning-Can’t win away from Wrigley
2nd inning-Struggles with RISP
3rd inning-Injuries continue to mount
4th inning-Joc with some shock
5th inning-Davies delivering
6th inning-Who’s the face of the Cubs?
7th …

Full Length Interview with David Kaplan of ESPN Radio 1000 Chicago.

May 15th, 2021

David Kaplan host of Kap & Hood on ESPN Radio 1000 Chicago. Find and follow us online on Twitter: @ryandlieber @thechadgordon, @bearsbarroom …

The Cubs Surge-Jessica Kleinschmidt of NBC Sports California joins the boys.

May 6th, 2021

1st inning-Doubleheader Sweep of LA
2nd inning-Are you in favor of 7 inning DH?
3rd inning-Bench providing a spark
4th inning-Best person to lead-off?

Full length interview with Pulitzer Prize winner Ira Berkow of The NY Times.

May 5th, 2021

Our full length special edition interview with best selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Ira Berkow of the New York Times. Find and follow us …

Cubs Continue to Tease-David Kaplan from ESPN 1000 Chicago joins the boys.

April 27th, 2021


1st inning-From the high to the low 2nd inning-Bryant in MVP form 3rd inning-Baez benched 4th inning-Return of Nico 5th inning-Time to replace Davies …

Full length interview with Cubs broadcaster Boog Sciambi of the Marquee Sports Network.

April 27th, 2021

Our special edition of the Friendly Confines with Cubs announcer Boog Sciambi of the Marquee Sports Network. Find and follow us online on Twitter: …

Rough Start Turnaround. The boys welcome Pulitzer Prize winning sports reporter Ira Berkow.

April 25th, 2021

1st inning-Is this who the Cubs are?
2nd inning-Hendricks hurting
3rd inning-Contreras keeping afloat
4th inning-Javy turned down $180M
5th inning-How …

Is it Time for Cubs Fans to Panic?-Part 2 W/ Boog Sciambi

April 15th, 2021


1st inning-Should we be concerned? 

2nd inning-No O in offense 

3rd inning-Kimbrel the Closer 

4th inning-Arrieta shows his stuff 

5th inning-Who has …

Full interview with comedy legend Tom Dreesen a Chicago Original

April 9th, 2021

Celebrity Cubs fan and comedy legend Tom Dreesen joins the Friendly Confines to talk about his career, his new book and his love for the Cubs. Find …

2021 Season is here-Cubs Announcer Boog Sciambi joins the boys!

April 8th, 2021

1st inning-Baseball is back!
2nd inning-First hand account of Opening Day
3rd inning-Rizzo doesn’t sign deal
4th inning-Mills in the pen, Adzolay the …

Gearing up for the 2021 season-Part 2 of our interview with legendary comedian Tom Dreesen.

March 29th, 2021

1st inning-Hoerner optioned to AAA
2nd inning-Hendricks, Arrieta and Davies to start year
3rd inning-Permission of capacity increases to 25%
4th …

Jay Mariotti-Full interview

March 27th, 2021


Jay Mariotti talks to the boys about his career in Chicago, If he’s been blackballed from the business, and his thoughts on the Chicago Cubs.   Find …

Spring Into the Final Roster Spots-Comedy legend Tom Dreesen joins the show!

March 24th, 2021


1st inning: Roster taking shape 2nd inning: Happy with the bench? 3rd inning: All righties in rotation problematic? 4th inning: Contreras legit MVP candidate? 5th inning: If Kimbrel falters who’s the closer? 6th inning: …

First week of Spring Training. Part 2 with Jay Mariotti

March 15th, 2021


1st inning-Fans in the ballpark 2nd inning-JOCkeying for position 3rd inning-Kimbrel regressing 4th inning-Should NL adopt full time DH? 5th …

Kevin Kaduk Full Unedited Episode

March 12th, 2021

Full unedited interview with Chicago-based writer Kevin Kaduk. He never made it to the big leagues, but he did accomplish the childhood goal of …

Spring Training has Begun. Jay Mariotti Joins the Boys

March 6th, 2021

1st inning-Hoerner strong Spring
2nd inning-Baez says he hasn’t been mentally there
3rd inning-Is July 2021 or October 2021 more important this year?

Mike Wilbon Full Unedited Interview

March 3rd, 2021


 ESPN Pardon the Interruption’s Mike Wilbon FULL Interview.   Special full unedited edition. Chad and Ryan Chat with ESPN Pardon the Interruption’s …

Spring Has Sprung. The Boys are in Mesa-Kevin Kaduk Joins the Show

February 25th, 2021

1st inning: How should the Cubs approach Beaz, Rizzo and Bryant contracts?
2nd inning: Arrieta second time around better than other former Cubs?
3rd …

Friendly Interruption: Michael Wilbon Joins the Boys for Part 2

February 16th, 2021

1st inning-Arrietta is back
2nd inning-What does the rotation look like now?
3rd inning-Spring Training schedule 25% capacity
4th inning-Regular …

Pardon The Confines-Michael Wilbon ESPN’s PTI Joins the Boys

February 6th, 2021

1st inning-Bauer leaves the NL Central
2nd inning-Spring Training to start on time
3rd inning-Williams, Chafin, and Alcantara sign on
4th inning-Worst …

Wayne Messmer Full Interview

February 6th, 2021

Chad and Ryan Host Chicago Original Wayne Messmer about his life and memories around Chicago Sports and his more than 5000 times performing the national anthem


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Wayne Messmer Joins the Boys as Cardinals Make a Big Splash While Cubs Keep Making Puddles

January 30th, 2021

1st inning-Arenado traded to Cardinals
2nd inning-Pederson signs up with Cubs
3rd inning-Ricketts loosens the purse
4th inning-Are Arrieta and Samardzija next?
5th inning-Kohl Stewart/Austin Romine sign up
6th …

Marv Levy Football Hall of Famer Full Interview

January 30th, 2021

Marv Joins the Boys to chat NFL Playoffs, his Cubs fandom, attending the 1945 World Series Game 7, and his Cubs Children Book “Go Cubs Go!”


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Hall of Fame Head Coach Marv Levy talks Championship Weekend as the boys breakdown Lester’s goodbye

January 22nd, 2021

1st inning-Mr. Lester goes to Washington
2nd inning-Bryant not having fun anymore?
3rd inning-Farewell to Q and Woody
4th Inning-What’s next for this team?
5th inning-Theo the next Commissioner?
6th inning- Porter fired …

Full Interview with The Athletic’s Jon Greenberg

January 22nd, 2021

The Full Episode with The Athletic’s Jon Greenberg.


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2021 Season is Here. Jon Greenberg Athletic joins the Boys

January 14th, 2021

1st inning-Manfred says get ready for 162
2nd inning-Schwarber off to the Nats
3rd inning-Yu Darvish to San Diego
4th inning-Bryant/Contreras going next?
5th inning-Boog new voice of the Cubs
6th inning-Cubs in on Kluber

Full Interview with Marc Silverman

January 14th, 2021

The full episode of our Convo with Silvy!!


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New Year/New Show Marc Silverman Joins as the Boys Countdown 2020 Top Stories-Part 2

January 2nd, 2021

2020 Year In Review Part 2
1st Inning-#6-Alec Mills No Hitter
2nd Inning-#5-Jon Lester Departs
3rd Inning-#4-Yu Darvish Dominance
#4th Inning-#3-Cubs Central Division Champs
5th Inning-#2-Theo Departs
6th Inning-#1Covid Hits

Marc Silverman-ESPN’s Waddle&Silvy-Show Joins as the Boys Countdown 2020 Top Stories-Part 1

December 24th, 2020

1st Inning-#12-Marquee Hits the Airwaves

2nd Inning-#11-Rossy Takes Over

3rd Inning-#10-Marlins Sweep Cubs

4th Inning-#9-Javy’s Struggles

5th Inning-#8-Kyle Schwarber Released

6th Inning-#7-Len Goes to the Southside

7th …

Heading into the Holidays-Sports Business Analyst Rick Horrow joins us.

December 19th, 2020

1st inning-MLB Season delayed until May?
2nd inning-Schwarber wants to return?
3rd inning-Ross says he needs to work on communication
4th …

Chris Bleck ESPN1000 Joins the Boys-Plus Winters Meetings End with a Virtual Wimper. Lester Returns?

December 12th, 2020

1st inning-Virtual baseball winter meetings
2nd inning-Jed says Cubs won’t stand pat
3rd inning-Darvish makes all MLB team
4th inning-Lester back to the Cubs?
5th inning-Cubs minor league changes.
6th inning-Are the ‘16 …

Maddie Lee-NBC Sports Chicago Joins Boys-Len Kasper Shocker! Kyle Schwarber’s Goodbye. Bryant Stays

December 5th, 2020

1st inning-Len to the South Side
2nd inning-Favorite Len call?
3rd inning-Who should be the next Cubs announcer?
4th inning-Schwarbs/Almora …

Cy Young Coach-Cincinnati Reds Pitching Coach Derek Johnson Part 2-Jed Takes The Reigns. New GM?

November 27th, 2020

1st inning-Jed signs 5 year deal.
2nd inning-Make major trades now or wait?
3rd inning-Happy GM will come from the outside?
4th inning-Should Cubs …

David Haugh Mully/Haugh The Score Sports Radio 670 Joins the Boys-Theo’s Last Dance-End of an Era

November 20th, 2020

1st inning-Theo steps down reaction?
2nd inning-Is this the best move now?
3rd inning-What’s next for Theo?
4th inning-Should Theo have won more?
5th …

Award Week Show-Cincy Reds Pitching Coach Derek Johnson Joins Boys to Discuss Bauer’s Cy Young Win

November 13th, 2020

1st inning-Darvish finished second in Cy Young
2nd inning-La Russa how should team respond?
3rd inning-did Abreu clinch MVP vs Cubs
4th inning-Ryan …

Pulitzer Prize Winner George Will Joins Pt 2 Season Ends/Award Season Begins. Javy/Rizzo are Golden

November 6th, 2020

1st inning- Baez & Rizzo GG
2nd inning-Cy Young Finalist  Darvish
3rd inning-Manager of Year Finalists Ross
4th inning-Should Cubs go after Lindor?

Now What? 2020 Season Ends & Free Agency Begins, While Sox Shock Everyone-David Schuster Joins

October 30th, 2020

1st inning-LaRussa-Have the White Sox now surpassed Cubs as #1 baseball team in Chicago?
2nd inning-Team options for Big names
3rd inning-Cubs biggest off-season need?
4th inning-Which Cubs Free-Agents are you …

Marquee Network’s Taylor McGregor Joins the Boys to talk Cubs & World Series Week

October 22nd, 2020

1st inning-Has Epstein regime been a failure?
2nd inning-Would you rather have the Dodgers success or keep what you have with the Cubs?
3rd inning-WS …

Derek Shelton Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Joins The Show: 2020 Cubs Season Breakdown

October 14th, 2020

1st inning-Top moment of 2020 Cubs season?
2nd inning-Most disappointing moment of 2020 Cubs season?
3rd inning-Who is your Cubs MVP?
4th inning-Biggest surprise is the season?
5th inning-How do you sum up 2020 Cubs …

Out with a Whimper. Cubs 2020 Ends with a Thud. Marquee Network's Tony Andracki Joins: What's Next?

October 7th, 2020

1st inning-Shocked by the early exit?
2nd inning-Theo’s last act?
3rd inning-Who goes?
4th inning-Who stays?
5th inning-What’s needed?
6th inning-Best part of the 2020 season?
Federalist Read
7th inning-Tony Andracki interview

Cubs vs Marlins Playoff Preview Plus Pulitzer Prize Winning George Will Joins the Show

September 28th, 2020

1st inning-Feeling better heading into post-season?
2nd inning-Do the Marlins scare you?
3rd inning-How many times will we see the Bartman highlight?
4th inning-Bryant doesn’t give a bleep
5th inning-Do you agree with …

Cubs Sox Weekend Comes After Roughest Week of Cubs Year-Bryan Mullins SIU/Saluki Basketball Joins

September 24th, 2020

1st inning-Concerns of going into the playoffs after this past week?
2nd inning-Is MVP Kris Bryant a thing of the past?
3rd inning-Would you trade …

Suddenly Clutch Cubs Week of Dominance Comes at the Right Time: Mitch Moss Joins the Boys

September 18th, 2020

1st inning-The final stretch
2nd inning-Most unlikely of no-hitters
3rd inning-Javy charges back
4th inning-Playing that small ball
5th inning-Cam is clutch
6th inning-Where’s that Drone?
Federalist Wine Promotion
7th …

Stretch Run Time with 2 weeks until Playoffs-ABC7’s Jim Rose Joins the Boys to Talk Cubs & Jordan

September 11th, 2020

1st inning-Playoff Stretch
2nd inning-Darvish, Hendricks and ?
3rd inning-Happ the real MVP
4th inning-Happy to see Heyward?
5th inning-Kimbrel not as bad as we think?
6th inning-Return of Strop
7th inning-Jim Rose Int
8th …

Ryan Dempster’s Full Interview with the Boys-Extra Innings Special Edition

September 11th, 2020

Ryan Dempster discusses current team, where his Harry Caray impersonation started, his thoughts on what it would take for Sammy Sosa to return, his …

Ryan Dempster Joins the Boys. 3 weeks to go. What’s up w/Javy? Trade Deadline Reaction. Yu Dazzles.

September 4th, 2020

1st inning-Trade deadline deals-Is it enough
2nd inning-Q and Chat sidelined/Azolay returns
3rd inning-Bryant’s back
4th inning -What wrong with …

Full Interview Andre Dawson Baseball Hall of Famer, Chicago Cubs Great- Extra Inning’s Edition

September 4th, 2020

In this very special edition of the friendly confines the boys are joined by none other than Chicago Cubs legend and baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. They talk about what he’s up to these days, his take on the …

Andre Dawson Joins the Show! The Boys Discuss thr Recent Cubs’ Skid, Protests, KB & Bullpen Concerns

August 27th, 2020

1st inning-Cubs uneven play continues with a 5-9 swing. How concerned should we be?
2nd inning-Heyward/Rizzo social justice stances reaction and …

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick: Extra Innings Special Edition

August 26th, 2020

Bob Kendrick Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Joins the Boys for their full unedited Interview Where History Touches …

Cubs Keep Rolling. After Seasons 1st Rough Patch-Bob Kendrick Negro League Museum President Joins

August 21st, 2020

1st inning-Kimbrel returns to form
2nd inning-Happ new leadoff hitter?
3rd inning-A is for Alzolay
4th inning-Big Hit Bote
5th inning-Bryant and Baez …

Hottest Team in MLB-Cubs Continue to Roll: 7th inning-Marquee Network’s Elise Menaker Joins the Show

August 14th, 2020

1st inning-On a roll
2nd inning-Yu can’t be serious?
3rd inning-Rizzo comments on last ride together
4th inning-Buy in to beat Coronavirus
5th …

Extra Inning’s Edition—Chris Myers: Fox Sports and Marquee Network Star Full Interview

August 14th, 2020

Fox Sports and Marquee Network Anchor and Play by Play Legend Joins the Boys for his Full unedited Interview


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Cubs Stay Hot. Week Two Breakdown—Fox Sports Chris Myers Joins the Boys

August 7th, 2020

1st inning-Hot start to season
2nd inning-When the rotation falls flat
3rd inning-What to do with Kimbrel?
4th inning-Trading Q?
5th inning-Virtual fans 👍🏻 or 👎🏻
6th inning-Who’s your Cubs MVP?
7th inning-Chris Myers …

Extra Inning’s Edition—Pat Hughes: The Chicago Cubs Radio Voice Full Interview

August 7th, 2020

Chicago Cubs Radio Voice/Legend Pat Hughes Joins Chad and Ryan to Talk Career Highlights, Break Down the 2020 Season, and Much More.


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One Week into 2020 Season-Pat Hughes Cubs Radio Voice/Legend Joins the Show.

July 31st, 2020

1st inning-Happiness O-Meter on team play?
2nd inning-Rizzo calls out MLB
3rd inning-Marlins mess/Philly Flop
4th inning-Report Card for Grandpa
5th …

Extra Inning’s Edition ESPN’s Mike Greenberg

July 31st, 2020

The boys talk with ESPN’s Mike Greenberg About MLB upcoming season. Plus share the latest on the new Friendly Confines Contest. No purchase necessary.


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2020 Season Opener Show. The Boys are Joined by Sun Times Cubs Beat Reporter Russell Dorsey

July 23rd, 2020

1st inning-Are the Cubs the team to beat in the NL Central?
2nd inning-Breakout player of 2020
3rd inning-Shoring up the rotation
4th inning-Does the …

Extra Inning’s Edition WLS ABC Sports Legend Mark Giangreco

July 23rd, 2020

The boys talk with WLS ABC Chicago Mark Giangreco About upcoming season. Plus share the latest on the new Friendly Confines Contest. No purchase necessary.


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Final Countdown: One Week Away from Opening Day 2020-ESPN’s Mike Greenberg Joins the Boys

July 16th, 2020


1st inning-One week away from baseball 2nd inning-Rizzo back ailing 3rd inning-Who should start opening day? 4th inning-Scrimmage on Marquee-Are you …

Extra Innings with Len Kasper Chicago Cubs TV Voice-Cubs Marquee Network

July 16th, 2020

Len Kasper Joins Ryan & Chad to talk the resumption of the 2020 MLB Season and his take on what the season and the Cubs Team will be like. Under Covid 19.


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Summer Camp Continues-Schedules are Out & Mark Giangreco Chicago Sports Legend Joins the Boys

July 9th, 2020

1st inning-Cubs 2020 schedule 
2nd inning-PECOTA predictions 
3rd inning-Testing delays for Cubs 
4th inning-Bryant and Ross concerns 
5th …

Summer Camp Begins. Len Kasper Cubs TV Voice Joins the Boys to Discuss the Return of Cubs Baseball

June 30th, 2020

1st inning-1st day of Summer camp 
2nd inning-COVID+ Risk 
3rd inning-Summer Camp 60 man roster 
4th inning-Surprise to make the team? 
5th inning-1-2 punch of Bryzzo 
6th inning-6 man rotation? 
7th inning-Len Kasper …

The Long National Nightmare is Over...Baseball is Officially Coming Back!

June 25th, 2020

1st inning-Baseball is back!! Reaction?
2nd inning-New Rules
3rd inning—Cubs Schedule
4th inning-What does 2020 season mean? Asterisk?
5th inning-What …

Last Chance for a Deal. Is Baseball’s Return Imminent? Plus Chicago Tribunes’s Mark Gonzales

June 18th, 2020

I tweaked it a little.

1st inning-Close to an Agreement
2nd inning-Manfred the enemy?
3rd inning-What if Players Get Infected?
4th inning-Reaction to Long Gone Summer?
5th inning-Did Documentary Help or Hurt Sammy’s Return …

Will They Play? It’s Decision Time For MLB Plus ESPN’s Sean Kelley Joins the Boys

June 10th, 2020

1st inning- Newest offer
2nd inning-Theo on hiring minorities
3rd inning-Ricketts comments on revenue into team
4th inning-Do you feel safe at a ball …

The Last Dance? Will Players & Owners Agree, Paving Way to a Shortened 2020 Season

May 25th, 2020

1st inning-Welcome Back Dealing with COVID
2nd inning-MLB Baseball Proposal
3rd inning-Should they play in 2020?
4th inning-Would shorten season help …

NBC Today Show’s Willie Geist Joins the Boys. Life Without Baseball-One Week Into Covid-19 Shutdown

March 24th, 2020

1st inning-Ricketts paying for employees
2nd inning-MLB skipping draft and INT FA
3rd inning-Will they skip 2020 season?
4th inning-Does Theo extend or leave after contract?
5th inning -All time Cubs Lineup by position?

When Will Baseball Return? Coronavirus Rocks the World. What’s next?

March 15th, 2020

1st inning-MLB suspended for Coronavirus concerns

2nd inning-Traveling to Spring Training with caution of virus

3rd inning-How long will MLB be postponed?

4th inning-Thoughts of games played with no fans?

5th …

Spring Training 2020 Begins. Marquee Network’s Cole Wright Joins the Boys

February 18th, 2020

1st inning-First full team workout
2nd-Javy comments on last season
3rd inning-Ricketts says team is best in NL Central
4th inning-Bryant says he …

Pitchers & Catchers Report and Suddenly All is Right in the World

February 9th, 2020

1st inning-Bryant on the block?
2nd inning-Will Bryant rumors be a distraction?
3rd inning-Win-Loss projection
4th inning-Pitchers and Catchers …

ESPN’s Karl Ravech Joins-Next Year is Here. Cubs Slow Start to 2020 Continues

January 25th, 2020

1st inning-Off season of little change
2nd inning-Bryant-will he stay or will he go?
3rd inning-What’s the next move?
4th inning-Castellanos waiting to sign?
5th inning-Rossy in charge now
6th inning-Will this team have …

The David Ross Era Begins....Javy’s Gold Glove Snub...Cory Curtis WKRN-TV Nashville Joins the Boys

October 25th, 2019

10th Inning-David Ross Takes Over 11th Inning-Kris Bryant Free Agent 2021? 12th Inning-Javy Baez Gold Glove Snub 13th Inning-Former …

Cubs Manager Search Narrows While Dan Roan of WGN TV Joins the Boys

October 19th, 2019

Joe Maddon an Angel - Cubs Search Narrows- Dan Roan WGN TV sports director 7th inning stretch - Who Wins World Series ?


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Wait ‘Til Next Year Already?!? Marc Silverman-ESPN’s Waddle &Silvy-Joins the Boys

October 1st, 2019

1st Inning: Maddon’s Departure
2nd Inning: Maddon’s Legacy
3rd Inning: Skipper Search? Predictions?
4th Inning: Zobrist’s Legacy
5th Inning: Castellanos Free Agent
6th Inning: Theo and Jed’s future
7th Inning: ESPN Chicago …

A Shocking End to the 2019 Chicago Cubs Season

September 26th, 2019

Final Shocking Week Of 2019 Seadon

1st inning: 1969 Redux?
2nd inning: Run over by NL Central
3rd inning: Where’s Joe gonna go?
4th inning: Rossy or Loretta?
5th inning: Kimbrel Crushed
6th inning: Underachieving season?

Will the Real Cubs Please Stand Up

September 17th, 2019

1st inning-Injuries piling up
2nd inning-Nico tough
3rd inning-Bryant Player of the Week
4th inning-Offensive explosion
5th inning-Bullpen power
6th …

Duct Tape & Band-Aids: Walking Wounded Cubs Limp Into Final Stretch

September 10th, 2019

1st inning-Wait till next year?
2nd inning-Nico time!
3rd inning-Javy done for year?
4th inning-Kimbrel on IL
5th inning-Rotational problems
6th inning-Over Maddoning?
7th inning-Dan Dakich Int
8th inning-San Diego swing

As Bears Kickoff, Cubs Desperately Try to Keep Pace with Cardinals. Plus the Return of Zobrist

September 5th, 2019

1st inning-Stretch run
2nd inning-Return Of Zo
3rd inning-Willie return
4th inning-September call ups
5th inning-Bryant trade rumors
6th inning-Baez/Darvish touch ups
7th inning-Al Yellon Interview
8th inning-Catching Cup …

Five weeks and 30ish Games to Go. Will the Cubs Go on a Run or Just Fade Away?

August 27th, 2019

1st inning-National Disaster
2nd inning-Maddon’s fault or FO fault?
3rd inning- Staying home in October?
4th inning-Situational no hitting
5th …

Are Things Looking Up? Rare Cubs Road Series Win After Disastrous Week

August 20th, 2019

1st inning-Road Series Victory
2nd inning-Making moves up and down
3rd inning-Q and Yu gets an A
4th inning-Maddon comments backfiring?
5th inning-Little League Experience win
6th inning-Javy voted favorite by LL
7th …

7 Weeks To Go: Cubs Begin Stretch Run

August 13th, 2019

1st inning: Bullpen on the bump
2nd inning: Power Up Nick
3rd inning: Lucroy to the rescue
4th inning: Jekyll and Hyde Hendricks
5th inning: 2020 …

Joe Buck’s Full Interview: Extra Innings Special Edition

August 9th, 2019

You asked for it. Here’s the full unedited interview with Fox Sports Joe Buck. He shares why he thinks every fan base has an issue with him, what he …

Cubs Looking For Consistency. Joe Buck Returns for Part 2

August 5th, 2019

1st inning-Wilson deflated
2nd inning-Say J-Hey Kid
3rd inning-St. Nick
4th inning- Darvish delight
5th inning-1st place regained
6th inning-Tweaking moves
7th inning-Joe Buck Part 2
8th inning-Smitty 46 retired?
9th …

Joe Buck Joins the Boys: Trade Deadline Edition

July 30th, 2019

1st inning-Road Woes continue
2nd inning-Bullpen breaks again
3rd inning-NL Central smackdown
4th inning-Holland Hope
5th inning-Tater Tots
6th …

Cubs Home & Away Trouble/Jekyll & Hyde : Featuring Mike North Chicago Sports Legend

July 23rd, 2019

1st inning-Hot start 2 half
2nd inning-Can you spare a road win
3rd inning-Castellanos coming soon?
4th inning-Oh no Russell
5th inning-Good ol …

Chicago Sports Radio Legend Mike North: Extra Inning Special Edition

July 20th, 2019

Mike North-Longtime Sports Talk show host in Chicago-currently the host of the Odds Couple of ESPN 1000, host on bears barroom “The Mike North” advantage. Interview open • West • Papi.mp3 • Remix • Bring Us Home Eddie • …

We’ll Always Have Cleveland: Goodbye Mike Montgomery-Julie DiCaro The Score 670 Chicago Guests

July 16th, 2019

1st inning-Monty gone packing
2nd-Catching Martin
3rd-Contreras on IL
4th inning-Power Surge
5th inning- 2B Dilemma
6th inning-NL Central leaders
7th …

Julie DiCaro, Host on The Score Sports Radio 670: Extra Inning Special Edition:

July 12th, 2019

Julie DiCaro host on The Score Sports Radio 670 joins the Friendly Confines yo talk about what’s needed on the team. As we look ahead to the second …

All Star Break Edition: What’s Next for the Boys

July 8th, 2019

1st inning-1st Half over
2nd inning-Biggest Hits
3rd inning-Biggest misses
4th inning-Offensive holes
5th inning-Pitching punch
6th inning-Change ups

Extra Innings Edition: Craig Mish Host on Fantasy Sports Network

July 3rd, 2019

Anchor sponsor 7th inning stretch interview with Craig Mish- Host on Fantasy Sports Network and the Podcast Swings & Mishes


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Kimbrel Era Begins for the Cubs Plus ESPNs Sarah Spain Joins the Confines

June 28th, 2019

1st inning-Kimbrel saves the day
2nd inning-Cubs All-Stars
3rd inning-Adbert Throwing K’s
4th inning-What to do with Russell
5th inning-Shallow NL Central
6th inning-Do the Cubs need more?
7th inning-Sarah Spain INT
8th …

ESPN’s Sarah Spain: Extra Innings Special Edition

June 25th, 2019

The Boys talk to Sarah Spain host of Spain & Company on ESPN radio. Contributor to Around the Horn and Highly Questionable on ESPN.


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Extra Innings Edition: Danny Rockett Interview

June 19th, 2019

Danny Rockett joins the boys. Host of the Son Ranto Podcast and Outside the Ivy where he can be seen after each Cubs game on the post game show on NBC Sports Chicago


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Extra Innings Special Edition: Matt Spiegel The Score 670 Chicago

June 12th, 2019

Matt Spiegel
The Score 670 Chicago He’s the host of the show Hit & Run on Sunday’s 9am-1pm


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Suddenly Dominant Cubs and the Craig Kimbrel Shocker: Have the Cubs Just Locked Up the NL Central?

June 8th, 2019

1st inning-Catching Kimbrel
2nd inning-CarGo in the Mix
3rd inning-Bote at the Bat
4th inning-Yu and Q
5th inning-Still need to make a trade?
6th inning-Zobrist AWOL?
7th inning-Dave Eanet Int
8th inning-Chad’s Birthday
9th …

Extra Innings Edition: Dave Eanet Sports Director WGN Radio

June 6th, 2019

Happy Craig Kimbrel Day Everyone!!!!


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The Legend of Javy Baez Grows After Cubbie Nation Holds Their Breath & is Tyler Chatwood an Ace?

May 24th, 2019

1st inning: Capital Punishment and a Philly Cheesesplit
2nd inning: Suddenly Losing Lester?
3rd inning: Strop Return On Tap
4th inning: Fear and Euphoria with Javy’s Baez
5th inning: Tyler Chatwood Chopping Wood
6th …

Extra Innings Edition: Herb Lawrence Executive Producer for Cubs baseball on 670 the Score

May 21st, 2019

We chat with Herb Lawrence
Executive Producer for Cubs baseball on 670 the Score


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Can the Cubs Maintain This Pace? A Little Bump in the Road in Cincy

May 17th, 2019

Anchor Voice Messages • 1st inning-London Bridges
2nd inning-Caritini In/Rizzo out
3rd inning-Leading off with Schwarbs
4th inning- Hendricks and Lester combo
5th inning-Darvish vs Arietta Monday
6th inning-Zobrist out
7th …

Extra Innings Edition: Alexander Patt from

May 14th, 2019

Anchor • Sneak Preview of this week’s episode. Alexander Patt writer for • Bring Us Home Eddie •

Bryzzo is Back! Walk Off Edition

May 8th, 2019

Sponsor: Anchor 1st inning-7 game winning streak/Cardinals sweep
2nd inning-Bryzzo heating up
3rd inning-Jeckyll and Hyde Pen
4th inning-Edwards returns
5th inning-Starting rotation starring
6th inning-Best team in NL?

Extra Inning Edition: ESPNCU’s Lon Tay Interview

May 8th, 2019

A sneak peak at Chad’s Conversation with Lon Tay • 7th Inning Stretch ESPNCU’s Weekdays from 4-6pm Central on ESPN 93.5

Co-Host of "Tay & Carp,"

Twitter: @LonTayESPNCU • Bring Us Home Eddie


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West Coast is the Best Coast: Cubs 4-1 Road Trip Punctuates 6th straight strong series

May 2nd, 2019

1st inning-Seattle Sweep
2nd inning-Back on track
3rd inning- Riding the Darvish train
4th inning-What to do with Russell
5th inning-The PEN is mighty
6th inning-Schwarber surging
7th inning-Alex Cohen Int
8th …

Extra Innings Edition-Remembering Chet Coppock

April 29th, 2019

Looking back on when Chet Coppock join the Friendly Confines. Remembering Chet Coppock In the day of his Memorial Service-Chicago Sports Radio Legend • Bring Us Home Eddie


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Extra Innings Edition-Down On the Farm-Alex Cohen Iowa Cubs play by play announcer

April 27th, 2019

Anchor • A sneak peak at Ryan’s chat with Alex Cohen Iowa Cubs play by play announcer. • Bring Us Home Eddie


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4 Weeks In-Will the Real Cubs Please Stand Up: Back to .500

April 22nd, 2019

1st inning- Back to .500
2nd inning- Bote is Simply Clutch
3rd inning- Chatwood: The Redemption Story We All Need
4th inning- Morrow Shut Down
5th inning- The Darvish Dilemma
6th inning-Where art thou Bryzzo?
7th inning- …

Winter is Coming: Cubs Winning Week-Let it Snow

April 15th, 2019

1st inning-Snow Day at Wrigley Field
2nd inning-Getting Back on Track
3rd inning-Caritini Injury
4th inning-Check Swing Check Up
5th inning-Positives …

Is It Too Early To Panic?* *Spoiler alert: It is

April 4th, 2019

Chad and Ryan preview Ryan’s big wedding day on Sunday
1st Inning—Is it Too Early to Panic?
2nd Inning—Should the Team Make a Move to Solidify the …

2019 Cubs Season Preview-Opening Day Edition

March 28th, 2019

Just in time for Ryan’s Wedding Day, the boys have a new sponsor: The Black Tux • • -1st Inning: Opening Day 2019
-2nd inning: Biggest question mark?

Hope Springs Eternal in Mesa: Pitchers and Catchers Report

February 14th, 2019


New Sponsor- Anchor App Pre-Open 

1st inning-Spring has Sprung Pitchers & Catchers Report 

2nd inning-Yu Darvish Return 

3rd inning- Bullpen …

Next Year is Here! Offseason Cubs Update and 2019 Season Kickoff Feat. Carrie Muskat

January 4th, 2019

1st inning: Is this Maddon’s Lame Duck Year?
2nd inning: Coaching Changes Concerns?
3rd inning: #1 Offseason Concern?
4th inning: Hamels Returns/What …

2018 Cubs Season Wrap: What happened? What’s next? Feat. NBC Chicago’s Mike Berman

October 8th, 2018

1st inning: Game over on 2018 2nd inning: Offense not home 3rd inning: Long off season 4th inning: Maddon lame duck? 5th inning: Who will return? 6th inning: Harper or Machado? 7th inning: Mike Berman NBC5 Chicago …

Do or Die Wildcard Preview-Playoff Baseball at Wrigley Field The Boys are Joined by Chet Coppock

October 2nd, 2018

1st Inning: Playoff Baseball at Wrigley Field 2nd Inning: Jon Lester vs Kyle Freeland 3rd Inning: Kris Bryant vs Nolan Arenado 4th Inning: Javy Baez …

Breaking Down What Went Wrong in Game 163? Wild Card Preview Feat. Chet Coppock

October 2nd, 2018

1st inning: Stopped by the Crew 2nd inning: Hitless wonders 3rd inning: Is something missing? 4th inning: Wild Card showdown 5th inning: Lester time …

Game 163: Bonus Baseball

October 1st, 2018

1st inning: Are You Kidding Me!?!?!?! Game 163 2nd inning: Quintana takes the bump 3rd inning: Red Hot Brew Crew 4th inning: Confident in advancing? 5th inning: Edge to Cubs? 6th inning: Biggest concerns? 7th inning …

One Series to Rule Them All: Extra Innings Special

September 28th, 2018

Ryan and Chad break down everything you need to know going into this final weekend of the regular season. Including everything from what's at stake …

7 Days in September to Make or Break the 2018 Cubs Season Feat. ESPN 1000’s Marc Silverman

September 24th, 2018

1st inning: Addison Russell News and Implications. 2nd inning: The Final Week-Confident? 3rd inning: Offense, Starting Pitching Or Bullpen: Who will …

Duct Tape & BandAids: How are Cubs Still on Pace for 95 Ws?

September 19th, 2018

1st inning: Morrow Officially Out For Season. Who Do You Trust as Closer? 2nd inning: Strop At Bat/Injury Fallout 3rd inning: “Who Would You Rather?” …

No Rest For the Wicked or the Cubs. Survival Week Begins

September 10th, 2018

Chad and Ryan Go 9 Innings 1st inning: Is the Brewers Series Make or Break? 2nd inning: MLB incompetence—One Day Off Rest of Season 3rd inning: …

Are the Cubs Peaking at the Right Time? Feat. former ESPN Baseball Tonight’s Gary Miller

September 3rd, 2018

This week Chad and Ryan go 9 Innings: 1st inning: How Big was that Philly takedown? 2nd inning: Return of the King: Bryant is Back! 3rd inning: Is Javy Baez NL MVP? 4th inning: Is it too soon for Magic Numbers? 5th …

Make or Break Time. 23 straight games, no off days. 17 To Go Feat. David Kaplan ESPN 1000/NBC Sports

August 28th, 2018

1st inning: Welcome Back Cubs Offense
2nd inning: Murphy’s Immediate Impact
3rd inning: Reaction to Players Weekend Jersey’s--like them/hate them?
4th inning: Bryant Return Timetime
5th inning: Starting Rotation …

Murphy Trade Shocker and Darvish Is Done for 2018

August 22nd, 2018

A Special Extra Innings Edition of the Friendly Confines Cubs Podcast.
10th inning: Daniel Murphy Trade
11th inning: Yu Darvish is Done for 2018
12th Inning; 5 Games. 1HR a game. Is it time to be concerned?


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Are the Cubs the Most Un-Dominating Dominant Team in MLB? Feat. ESPN’s Doug Kezirian

August 20th, 2018

1st inning: Cubs Offense is MIA? 2nd inning: Is Yu Darvish Done in 2018? 3rd inning: A Different Kind of Walk off--Tyler Chatwood 4th inning: The …

David Bote Makes History and Blows Up Original Show

August 14th, 2018

Chad and Ryan's New rundown (Thanks A LOT David Bote!!!). 1st inning-Instant Legend/Instant Classic: Walk-Off Grand Slam David Bote 2nd inning-What is Wrong with Jon Lester? 3rd inning-New Staff Ace …

Will the Real Cubs Team Please Stand Up? Feat, WBBM’s George Ofman

August 6th, 2018

Hosts Chad Gordon and Ryan Lieber Go Nine Innings on the Past Week of Cubs Baseball

1st inning: Cubs Team MVP?
2nd inning: Cole Hamels Debut. What's …

Extra Innings Trade Deadline Edition Cubs

July 31st, 2018

Extra Innings: Trade Deadline Edition 10th Inning: Cubs Add to the Pen: Acquire Brandon Kintzler from Nats 11th Inning: Brewers Stay Active-Acquire Jonathon Schoop from O’s 12th Inning: Cardinals Dump Tommy Pham. Are …

The Friendly Confines Welcomes In August

July 30th, 2018

Hosts Ryan Lieber and Chad Gordon break down the latest in Cubs News. This week’s rundown Includes:

1st Inning-Cole Hamels Trade
2nd Inning-Chatwood …

Cubs First Half-A Look Back while Looking Ahead

July 24th, 2018

Ryan and Chad go 9 innings on the Cubs First Half Suprises and Disappointments while looking ahead to what the team needs to compete down the stretch. Cubs Fans! Listen to the podcast made specifically for those who …
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