Rick Tarsitano is a Sports Producer for WGN Evening News, WGN News at Nine and WGN News at Ten.

Covering the teams I grew up loving. Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. Doing the same with my kids, too. Life’s too short not to smile.

Recent Articles
  • Tim Anderson celebrates Jackie Robinson Day giving back to kids on South Side

    CHICAGO – Tim Anderson has a lot on his mind. He just became a dad again. He leads the American League in batting average. But a day after hitting his first grand slam, his focus is on the future remembering the past. The Sox shortstop invited more than 75 kids to a special screening of the film “42″ to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day. His hope – to give the next generation a glimpse into the sacrifices Robinson made breaking the […]

  • Cubs lose to Angels on controversial Kyle Schwarber check swing call

    CHICAGO — The Cubs had runners on second and third after left fielder Brian Goodwin dropped Jason Heyward’s sinking sacrifice fly, but Cody Allen struck out Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber to end the game. Schwarber threw his batting helmet down and had to be restrained by third base coach Will Venable after third base umpire Gabe Morales ruled he went around on his check swing on strike three. Manager Joe Maddon then continued the argument as the umpires made […]

  • Cubs catcher Victor Caratini out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

    CHICAGO – Victor Caratini needs surgery. The Cubs catcher is scheduled to go under the knife Monday to fix a broken bone in his left hand. Caratini has been placed on the 10-day injured list and is expected to miss four to six weeks. He fractured his hamate bone in his final at bat of Thursday night’s 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 25-year-old Caratini had been a pleasant surprise for the Cubs, batting .571 with a homer and […]

  • Bulls locker room intrigued by possible Derrick Rose reunion

    CHICAGO – A 1.7 percent chance is all the Bulls needed to land Derrick Rose in the 2008 NBA Draft. The odds more than a decade later may be small but his agent isn’t ruling out a D-Rose reunion. “Never say never,” noted BJ Armstrong on NBC Sports Chicago’s Bulls Talk Podcast. “That would be an incredible ending.” The former Bull turned agent took it a step further on 670 The Score saying, “There’s no secret – there’s no doubt in […]

  • No joke: Cubs will sell ‘Scents of Wrigley’ at Home Opener

    CHICAGO – It started out as an April Fools’ joke, but now Cubs fans can really smell like the Friendly Confines. The “Scents of Wrigley” hit the market Monday for the Cubs Home Opener. The new cologne line features musks from around the ballpark: ivy, leather and dirt. “No joke: You asked, so the Scents of Wrigley will actually be available for purchase tomorrow at Wrigley Field!” the team said on Twitter. Anthony Rizzo, Cole Hamels and Pedro Strop might […]

  • Report: Joel Quenneville nearing deal to coach Florida Panthers

    SUNRISE, Fla. – Coach Q may be back behind the bench sooner than later. According to multiple reports, Joel Quenneville is close to signing a lucrative deal with the Florida Panthers. The @FlaPanthers have received permission to talk to coach Joel Quenneville and have offered him a multi-year deal worth more than $6 million annually after bonuses. Details here: https://t.co/RIyaF4lsLd #NHL — Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 7, 2019 There is a real sense today that the process between FLA and […]

  • Cubs reveal cologne line for Home Opener

    CHICAGO – The Scents of Wrigley Field are almost here. Ivy, Dirt and Leather make up the new cologne line the Cubs are marketing for the Home Opener next week. Dirt, leather and ivy. The Scents of Wrigley Field are coming April 8. #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/hAIlc5uKEp — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 1, 2019 It appears to be an April Fools’ joke, although diehard fans would probably be willing to spend a few bucks for the Friendly Confines’ signature musks. The ad […]

  • Bears pull April Fools prank, claim to wear triple-digits for 100th season

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Bears are celebrating April Fools in style. The team released a series of videos and pictures on social media claiming they will be wearing jerseys with an extra digit to honor their 100th season in the league. For instance, instead of Khalil Mack wearing “52,” he would add a 1 to become “152.” These jerseys are 💯. #Bears100 📸: https://t.co/uT3eAGiWt4 pic.twitter.com/tza3zEsjrI — Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) April 1, 2019 The Bears took the joke a step […]

  • Vic Chokshi weighs in on Bears offseason

    CHICAGO – The Bears are good and the rest of the league knows it. Free agents are already taking discounted deals to come to Halas Hall and Vik Chokshi expects that trend to continue with Matt Nagy in charge. Chokshi weighs in on the Bears future and the ongoing Jordan Howard debate with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman on Sunday’s edition of Sports Feed.

  • Kenneth Davis breaks down Opening Weekend for Cubs & Sox

    CHICAGO – Baseball is back and so is JP. With the team at full strength again, Josh and Jarrett play a little long toss with Kenneth Davis. What’s wrong with Yu? Is the bullpen already an issue for the Cubs? What can Sox fans expect for Year 3 of the rebuild? Kenneth Davis brings the heat in Sunday’s edition of Sports Feed.

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