Cub Tracks Is No Fool

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Tomorrow is a day of trickery and treachery as some of us plan to pull pranks on others. But is the Cub roster a laughing matter? We're just a day away from baseball that counts as Cub Tracks takes its last exhibition cuts.

On the eve of the season, I am hoping Dale Sveum channels Lou Brown.

"I’m not much for giving inspirational addresses. I’d just like to point  out that every newspaper in the country has picked us to finish last.  The local press seems to think we’d save everyone a lot of time and  trouble if we just went out and shot ourselves. Me, I’m for wasting  sportswriters’ time. So, I’d like to hang around and see if we could  give ‘em all a nice, big shit burger to eat." -- Lou Brown

From Comcast SportsNet

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  • This was a fun piece by Bruce Miles, though only loosely Cub-related (bonus: no registry needed!). As the Cubs begin their relationship with the Kane County Cougars, Bruce (with the help of a reader) takes a look at the all-time Cougars' team "against" the rest of the Midwest League All-Stars over the years. As someone who saw most of the early Cougars, this was a cool trip down memory lane. That 1993 team was a lot of fun with a 16-year-old Edgar Renteria (completely overmatched at the plate with an OPS of .500, that's no misprint, but dripping with potential) and Charles Johnson in beast mode (in retrospect, his stats don't look other-worldly, but gosh, was he a "man among boys" in the MWL). For the pitchers, I'd add Will Cunnane, who was absolutely dominant as a Cougar, with an ERA under 1.50 and WHIP under 1 for a full season at Kane County. He bounced around a bit in the majors, including a rather forgettable 26⅔ innings for the Cubs in 2002.

Today's food for thought

  • The Chicago Bulls helped surprise a mom from Naperville. Her son is a pilot in the Navy who hadn't seen his mom in over a year and a half. Mom was set up thinking she was shooting a half court shot. But she got a far better prize.
  • A FBI memo details reports of UFOs and aliens.
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