Every year during the opening ceremonies of Cubs Convention, dozens of former players file onto the stage to varying levels of applause. Many of them were Cubs greats; many of them were decidedly not. And like every year since 2008 (after his last season in the majors), not one of those 42 players (this year’s count) was Sammy Sosa, the greatest Cub many fans — millennial ones, at least — can remember watching before the current iteration of stars. We’ve been here before, of course.
If Kyle Schwarber were a different kind of person, he’d probably be feeling pretty uncomfortable right now. Even Kris Bryant, one of baseball’s biggest and most recognizable stars, said he’s not sure how he would deal with the kind of shit (my word, not Bryant’s, obviously) Schwarber is getting from his teammates about his new and improved physique.
Over the past couple weeks, I've been combing through our 2017 archives in order to compile our best stories of the year. Needless to say, that took a while. But the real hard part came in narrowing down the original list I compiled, which had nearly 80 stories on it. Nevertheless, someone had to trim this list to our very best stories of the year. Below, you'll find 25 of what I believed were the best representation of what we've done this year, in no particular order.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".