Cub Tracks Et Al

Nice game, Travis. - Justin K. Aller

Cub Tracks gets a little help from our friends, today. Sure I've got the byline as the original author, but this column was finished off by our own Al Yellon (Et Al, get it??). I am thankful for his help, but I will naturally blame any of the links you don't like on our site owner. Al lent me a hand since I spent most of the weekend away from a computer to attend to a philanthropic event that is very important to my wife. And on top of that, I will have completed my 36th lap around the sun today. Hopefully I'll get to squeeze in some Cubs baseball on the day that is supposed to be all about me. On to the links, everyone.

Per my sister's request, this is my awesome little nephew, Ashe, who has already been branded for life by mom and dad (the rest of the shirt says "Cubs fan").

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From Comcast SportsNet

  • (Annoying autostart video) Carlos Marmol escaped on Thursday, but how long can the Houdini act last?
  • A quick overview of the Cubs' new low-A affiliate in Kane County. I was at the first game and my brother-in-law and I had a good chuckle over the idea of Lendy Castillo playing a modified Crash Davis role, talking to the youngsters about what it is like in The Show.
  • Speaking of the Cougars, the Cubs' may already have their first DH in first baseman Dan Vogelbach.
  • David Kaplan says that once the Wrigley deal is done, the value of the Cubs franchise will soar.

From Cubs Den

  • If you want to see some of those new Kane County Cougars, here's a photo gallery.
  • And I'll need a little feedback on whether you all even want these in here, but here's the Cubs Den minor league recap from Thursday night. That one has John's first-hand impressions from the Cougars' opener. He and I saw a lot of the same things and I will get my write-up done at some point.
  • Theo Epstein watched Mark Appel pitch recently. There's also more draft-centric info here.

From Cubs.com

From ESPNChicago.com

From the Chicago Tribune (register to see almost anything but videos)

From the Chicago Sun-Times (can read a paragraph, register to read the rest)

  • With Matt Garza returning (eventually, this article seems premature), Travis Wood is making his pitch to keep a rotation spot.
  • Rutgers University grad David DeJesus is glad the school fired embattled basketball coach Mike Rice.
  • Dale Sveum feels Kevin Ware's pain. (Almost literally, as Sveum suffered a serious leg injury that derailed his own playing career.)

From the Daily Herald (registry required for all)

Today's food for thought

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