This Cub Tracks stuff is easy compared to MLB Bullets. Can you believe I had 43 links yesterday? That's insane. No wonder I never get enough sleep.
From Comcast SportsNet
- Cubs GM Jed Hoyer defended Starlin Castro. He said that while there is no excuse for his bad plays and he's having a terrible season, it doesn't do any good to focus on the negative. He believes there is no reason Castro can't get back to what he was two years ago.
- Bryce Harper said he couldn't wait to play his first game at Wrigley Field. He also said that Kris Bryant is an unbelievable ballplayer. Harper and Bryant played against each other growing up in Las Vegas.
- The Cubs traded David DeJesus to Washington, in case you didn't hear. Jed Hoyer left the door open for DeJesus to return in the Cubs sometime in the future. Maybe Kim will stop crying then.
From Cubs Den
- From all the players the Cubs got through trades, will Jake Arrieta be the best of them all?
- John Arguello talks to Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus about comparing top Cubs prospects to top prospects in other organizations.
- How is Welington Castillo like Al Yellon? Neither one of them likes the 3:05 starts.
- Anthony Rizzo missed last night's game with a migraine headache, among other things.
- Jed Hoyer is frustrated with the Cubs lack of clutch hitting. Tell us about it.
- Dale Sveum explained that Castro returned to the lineup on Sunday because he'd been embarrassed enough and "I don't think this kid can get better by not playing today."
- Well, this is awkward. It was David DeJesus that went to Castro and gave him a pep talk after Saturday's blunder.
- The Cubs have a veteran leadership void now that Alfonso Soriano and David DeJesus are gone. Someone needs to step up.
- No one in the Cubs clubhouse is pointing fingers at anyone else. If you notice this article, it's Darwin Barney and Dioner Navarro who step up and speak for the players. That's a sign of leadership, so expect both of them to be traded shortly.
- Last night's win was the result of a lot of smart player acquisitions by the Cubs front office.
- Jeff Samardzija has his mojo working (and we'd thought you'd like to know).
- Nate Schierholtz is having the best season of his career. Regular playing time is a big reason for that.
- VIDEO: Schierholtz wants to be a part of the Cubs future.
- VIDEO: Donnie Murphy talks about his surprising power this year.
- David DeJesus was a "father figure" in the Cubs clubhouse, according to Dale Sveum.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- The Cubs are trying to stay positive.
- The numbers say both Ernie Banks and Ryne Sandberg deserved their MVP awards. No word on Andre Dawson.
- Dan McGrath thinks Sandberg has a tough job ahead of him in managing the Phillies. As he says, it's a good thing Phillies fans are so understanding.
From the Daily Herald
- DeJesus was purchasing "green juice" when he found out he was traded. Luckily, we have video of the shopping trip. Unfortunately, Kim's not in the video.
- Sveum is sticking with Castro and the Cubs are sticking with Sveum. For now, at least.
- Len Kasper lists his favorite non-Cubs players.
Today's food for thought
- Do you remember what you were wearing back in the Year 2000? This video from 1939 should remind you.
- Can you name every player in the Cubs opening day lineup since 1991 in 15 minutes?
- My daughter starts kindergarten tomorrow. Wish us luck.