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Ron Santo Hall-of-Fame Merchandise

Ron Santo is now officially a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. To commemorate this event, Clark Street Sports will be featuring special Ron Santo Hall-of-Fame Tee-Shirts at our Wrigleyville Locations.

Ron Santo HOF “Career Achievement”

Ron Santo Royal HOF Player Tee-Shirt

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Clark Street Sports at Wicker Park Fest

Wicker Park Fest started with a small gathering on North Ave and Milwaukee almost a decade ago and since then has turned into one of the best festivals in the Chicagoland Area. This two day festival goes from July 28-29 and features a number of different Bands throughout the weekend.

This Festival is said to be one of the best events around and Clark Street Sports is glad to be apart of this entertaining weekend in the city of Chicago. As always, Clark Street Sports will feature everyone’s favorite Chicago themed products so the people who attend Wicker Park Fest can purchase their favorite products while enjoying a pecfect summer day. Lastly, those who decide to visit our Wicker Park stand will see merchandise that shows off Chicago’s Sports teams along with the History of our city and a number of other great items.

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3 teams to watch at the MLB Trade Deadline:

There’s a number of teams to watch at the trade deadline that could be making a few moves within the next 11 days. Below are 3 teams that should look to make a move along with who the player they should trade for:

1. Detroit Tigers: The Tigers have a great offense, the best pitcher in baseball, to go along with a number of solid Number 3-5 starters. So with that said, I feel the Tigers need 3 things at the trade deadline: 1. A number 2 starting pitcher; 2. a second baseman; and 3. Bullpen help. In the last 14 games, the Tigers are 15-2 and look like the team we thought they were going to be. With that said, I feel there’s a number of teams that make sense for the Tigers to trade with which include: Cubs, Brewers, or shock the baseball world and trade with the Mariners for one of the best pitchers in baseball.

Before I discuss the possible Mariners trade, lets start with the Cubs, who have a number of parts that can help the Tigers out which include Darrin Barney and Matt Garza . Garza and Barney would solidify two of the biggest holes on their roster and at the same time the Chicago would be able to receive a few young pitchers. The Tigers have a number of quality arms on both their major league roster and in the minors. On their major league roster, the Tigers feature former first round draft picks in Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello while also having a number of quality arms in the minors in righties Jacob Turner and lefty Andy Oliver. It seems like the Tigers and Cubs could be a good match to make a trade before the Trade Deadline.

So what about the Milwaukee Brewers? Like the Cubs, Milwaukee features a very good starting pitcher that would give Detroit one of the best top of the rotations in baseball in soon to be free agent Zack Greinke. Like the Cubs, the Brewers would be looking to get a package that includes a lot of young pitching talent. In addition to that, the Brewers could also look to trade second baseman Rickie Weeks in a trade and give the Tigers the second baseman they’ve been looking for while also allowing the Brewers to shed payroll at the same-time.

So what about a huge blockbuster trade that would give the Tigers two of the top 5 pitchers in all of baseball (and the reigning Cy Young Award winners) in Felix Hernandez (2010) and Verlander (2011). If this trade were to happen, 4 things would have to occur: 1. The Mariners would want to acquire a lot of young pitching talent; 2. Seattle would also be looking for young hitting talent as they need to add hitting depth to their lineup; 3. The M’s would want the Tigers to take back a bad long term contract that there currently holding onto; and 4. The Tigers would need to sign Felix to a Long-Term deal. As mentioned above, the Tigers have a number of quality arms in their system along with a few hitting prospects in Nick Castellanos and Quintin Berry. So here’s a trade proposal that would work for both teams: Tigers trade Jacob Turner, Nick Castellanos, Andy Oliver and Quintin Berry for Felix Hernandez and Chone Figgins. If this trade were to occur, then the Tigers would feature both the best 1-2 hitting and pitching combinations in baseball.


2. Los Angeles Dodgers:
 The Dodgers have two of the best outfielders in baseball in Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier to go along with a pitching staff that includes 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton KershawChad Billinglsey, and Chris Capuano, With that said, I feel the Dodgers need to look to add a few more bats along with a good number 2 starting pitcher if the want to hold off the Giants and win the NL West. The starting pitcher that I feel they need to look into acquiring is Ryan Dempster as Kershaw and Dempster would make for one of the best righty-lefties 1-2 combinations in the league. In this trade, the Cubs could look to acquire a number of different prospects which include Zach LeeAllen Webster, and Chris Reed. In addition to trading for an additional pitcher, I feel Los Angeles need to look into acquiring more power to their lineup. An intriguing names for the Dodgers to look into acquiring would be Minnesota Twins First Baseman Justin Morneau as he would provide them a legitimate left-handed power-bat in the middle of their lineup while not having to trade a lot to get him. The Dodgers thought they had their future 1st Baseman in James Loney but unfortunately he hasn’t developed the power they thought they would from him. If both James Loney and Justin Morneau were to trade places, then each player would be able to receive a fresh start so they could start over in their new respective situations.

3. Pittsburgh Pirates: The Pittsburgh Pirates are .5 Game out of first place and have a ton of great minor league pitching depth on the way within the next few years in Gerrit ColeJameson Taillon, and others. The Pirates currently have the 6th best team ERA’s in baseball, however, as good as their pitching has been, (outside of MVP Candidate Andrew McCutchen), the rest of the Pirates offense has been less than impressive as their team’s batting average is .247 on the season. Because of this, I feel the Pirates should look into trading for soon to be 25 year old outfielder Justin Upton who last year finished in the top 5 (4th in fact) for the NL MVP and would give Pittsburgh one of the youngest and most talented outfields in all of baseball. The Diamondbacks would most likely ask for either Cole or Taillon in return, however, if the Pirates were able to keep both Cole and Taillon while still being able to acquire Upton, then Pittsburgh would feature one of the best young cores in all of baseball. Upton has had a tough 2012 season, yet I still think with him being so young that he can still find the old Justin Upton.

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Matt Forte’s signed…so what’s next for the Bears?

So hours before the deadline for Franchise Players to reach a long-term extension, the Bears and Matt Forte came to an agreement on a new 4 year contract. With Matt Forte now signed for four more seasons, the Bears can now concentrate on the 2012 season and beyond. The Bears front office and fans has a lot to look forward to in both the short-term (on the field) and long-term (off the field).

In the short-term, the Bears will feature the best team that they’ve has in a few decades with the additions of Michael Bush, Brandon Marshall, Shea McClellin, and Alshon Jeffery while not losing any key players from either side of the ball. The Bears will be one of the few teams to have a Pro Bowl (and top 10 ranked at their respected position) at each of the three key playmaking positions on offense in  Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, and Brandon Marshall. Like many others, I feel this team (on paper) is most likely the Bears best team that they’ve had since the late 1980’s or early 1990’s. This franchise hasn’t featured this many playmakers on their roster (especially the offensive end)  since the end of the Ditka Era. I feel if the Bears answer a few key questions during the season, then they might be one of (if not) the team to beat in the NFC this season.

1. The Offensive Line: The O-Line needs to make sure they can give Jay Cutler enough time to survey the field so he find his playmaker down field and isn’t running for his life each play. As the season progressed onward, the Offensive Line started to show signs of improvement as Lance Louis, Roberto Garza, and Chris Williams  looked like they were becoming a solid group as the season progressed on. In addition to those 3 players, the Bears will have 2011 1st Round Draft pick Gabe Carimi back in the fold making this O-Line that much better next season. The biggest question lies within the Left Tackle position as the Bears hope JaMarcus Webb can take the next step and become a reliable Left Tackle for the Bears in 2012. If Webb’s able to take the next step, than there’ll be that much more running space for the running backs (Matt Forte and Michael Bush) while also allowing for Jay Cutler to bootleg out of the pocket allowing for him to become an elite Quarterback.

2. Tight End: In addition to the offensive line, the Bears need to receive contributions out of the Tight End position. During the offseason, the Bears decided to resign Kellen Davis to go along with Matt Speath and rookie Evan Rodriguez on their roster. If Kellen Davis (or one of the other 2 Tight End’s) can make a few key receptions downfield, the the other wideouts will be able to find single coverages against other defenses.

3. Defense’s Age: Like I said above, the Bears have a number of playmakers on the defensive side of the ball (Urlacher, Peppers, Briggs, and Tillman) however, each player is over the age of 30. Since Urlacher injured his wrist during the first game of the 2009 season, Chicago’s defense has been fortunate to stay relatively healthy on the defensive side of the ball. I don’t feel any of these players have “lost a step” however, I do worry about are the injuries and if someone gets injured how they’ll be able to recover from the possible injury. If they stay healthy, I feel these 4 players as good as ever during the 2012 season.

4. The Young Defenders: In addition to their key defensive players over 30 years old, I feel the Bears feature a few key younger players on the defensive side of the ball in Henry Melton, Major Wright, Chris Conte, along with rookies Shea McClellin (1st Round) and Brandon Hardin (3rd Round). If Henry Melton can become a reliable interior defensive tackle, and bring pressure from the inside of the defense, then Julius Peppers won’t see as many double-teams and the linebackers will be able to drop back into coverage. The same goes for Shea McClellin as if he’s able to prove that he can be true Defensive End that can get after the Quarterback, then the Bears will feature a solid rotation from the Defensive End position in Peppers, McClellin, and Israel Idonije. As for the other three players, they were the franchises last 3 third round picks: Major Wright (2010), Chris Conte (2011), and Brandon Hardin (2012). If two of the three young safeties are able to solidify that position in 2012, then the Bears defense would be that much better in 2012.

Those are the 4 keys surrounding the Bears in the short-term. So what are some of the long-term issues surrounding the Chicago Bears? 

Within the next 2 years, the majority of the Bears key players will be free agents and the team will have to decide who to sign and to let go. Within the next 2 off-seasons, the following key players will be Free Agents: Jay Cutler, Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman, Henry Melton, and Robbie Gould. With that said Bears fans should look forward to the start of the 2012 and not too much at the future as the Bears have a chance to do something special in 2012 and early 2013.

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Clark Streets Sports at Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Taste of Lincoln Avenue has been going strong for 29 years and is better than its ever been. Annually during the last week of July, thousands of people come out to enjoy the food, music, and the ambiance in the middle of Lincoln Park. Last year, over 25,000 people came out to the Taste of Lincoln Avenue as many of them helped donate to the different charities that the Taste of Lincoln Avenue suports. Over the longevity of Taste of Lincoln Avenue, this Festival has been able to raise $2.2 Million to donate the the community which went towards a number of great causes which include: schools (Like Lincoln Park high School and Oscar Mayer Elementary), foundations, theaters and community places (Libraries and After School Center’s). In just under 2 weeks, Clark Street Sports will be at the Taste of Lincoln Park Avenue bringing a new style of Chicago themed merchandise to Lincoln Avenue.

At this event, the people of Taste of Lincoln Avenue will be able to find their favorite Chicago merchandise (Hats, Shirts, Bags) while still having all the other essentials to enjoy being around Chicago in the Summer (Fedora’s, Sun Hats, Glasses) along with a number of other items. At Clark Street Sports, we have the best items for a summer in Chicago.

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Summer on Southport meets Clark Street Sports

Summer on Southport meets Clark Street Sports :

2011 Summer on Southport

Clark Street Sports at Lincoln Park’s Summerfest

For all those who don’t know, Summer on Southport is a 2-Day Festival (July 22 and 23) that includes entertainment in a variety of ways: culinary, visuals, and performing arts. The Festival  is located on the 3700 Block of N. Southport Ave. (or less than a mile from Wrigley Field) and features quality entertainment, food, and shopping throughout.

Furthermore, since Southport Avenue is seen as one of the city’s top shopping and nightlife districts, we feel it’s an ideal time for the people of Chicago to purchase merchandise of their hometown teams while being around town. At Clark Street Sports, we not only specialize in selling merchandise of your favorite Chicago teams, we additionally have a number of Chicago themed products that help show-off our beautiful city. At Clark Street Sports, we sell the best Chicago and Summer products around.

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Clark Street Sports at the 5th Annual Blackhawks Convention: (July 20-22, 2012)

Over the past 5 years, the Chicago Blackhawks convention (located at 720 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago) has brought hockey fans from around the country to Chicago so they can show their support for the Hawks. This fun and exciting event debuted in 2008 and since then has amplified since it began 5 years ago as its been sold out each of the past few years. With over ten thousand fans expected to attend, demands for Blackhawks Merchandise is at an all time high. So why should customers shop at Clark Street Sports for their Blackhawks merchandise?

Blackhawks red snapback hat

Blackhawks Jacket

Since Clark Street Sports first opened, they’ve been a company on the rise offering a great variety of Chicago merchandise. From jerseys and hats to swim wear and glasses, Clark Street has sold merchandise that would make any fan of Chicago realize the definition of a loyal sports fan. However, one would ask: “Why should Clark Street Sports be at the Blackhawks convention?” The answers clear: Clark Street Sports isn’t just a store that sells merchandise of different Chicago sports teams, they additionally have the knowledge of what’s going on around the Chicago sports scene.

Most, if not all of the companies employees at Clark Street Sports were born in the Chicagoland Area and support their hometown Blackhawks year-round. Throughout the NHL season, the majority of Clark Street Sports staff will be up to date with everything that relates to both the Blackhawks and NHL. Lastly, both this convention and Clark Street Sports want to improve each and everyday so they can create the best and most enjoyable environment for the most dedicated  fans in the NHL. At Clark Street Sports, we sell merchandise with the charisma of Chicago: the knowledge of their teams and the spirit of the Blackhawks!



 

 

 

 

 

 

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