Chicago Cubs: Top 5 essentials for every Cubs fan

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Chicago Cubs: So you think you know everything?

2. Digital Guide or Google Assistant 

Whenever you go to a Cubs game, get a program – you cheap sucker. There are always some good Chicago Cubs pics in there, and the blurbs tell you who is playing that day. If you’re still not convinced, think of it as a keepsake from ‘your game’ at Wrigley.

I also like to flip on my At-Bat app and watch the box scores and how the plays are being graded. These days, apps are almost like digital guides when you go to the game. Just don’t keep your nose in it too long, ok? You’re at Wrigley Field for chrissakes! Look around!

At home, these days, it’s the Google Assistant or Alexa. Chicago Cubs announcer’s Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies too slow on details? Just ask your digital assistant (whatever kind you own). As you’re watching the Cubbies in 4K, you can shout out at any time to your digital assistant during the game:

“What’s the score of the Cardinals game?”

And your digital assistant will keep you up to date with an up to the minute score, situation and even condition if the game is in delay. I’ve told my digital assistant to give me an update every five minutes until the game starts during a rain delay last season. But by far, my favorite use of the digital assistant is in settling drunken bets like, “Who’s the most famous Cubs pitcher?”

Fergie Jenkins!”

“Are you kidding? It’s Mordecai Brown. Trust me…”

“Hey, Google, who’s the most famous Cubs pitcher?”

“On the website, it says the Cubs best pitcher was Charlie Root. Root is the winningest pitcher in Cubs history, racking up 201 victories over 16-year tenure in Chicago,” said the Digital Assistant.

“Ahhhhhhhhhhhh,” everyone said at the same time.

I’ve found that using the Digital Assistant during the game is invaluable, and I may even be using it to cast the game to the television as well. If you haven’t integrated your digital assistant in your home to baseball, you’re missing out.