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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.

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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

From Cubs Den

  • Here's a scouting report on prep outfield star and probable high draft choice Austin Meadows.
  • The Cubs learned a lesson when they traded Bill Buckner.
  • Another draft update.
  • In the Saturday game preview, it is noted that three familiar names were released by the Cubs: Michael Brenly, Dontrelle Willis, and Hayden Simpson. Clearly, Simpson will join the lore of Mark Pawelek, Ryan Harvey, Earl Cunningham, and Ty Griffin (among others, of course).

From Cubs.com

  • The team is hoping chemistry makes them a better whole than the sum of their parts.
  • Scott Feldman will stay behind in camp a bit to keep throwing. This might sound troubling, but it is just to get an extra start. And would you rather be in Arizona or Houston?
  • Super-sub in training Steve Clevenger might get some work at third base.
  • (Video only) The organist bid adieu to Ho Ho Kam Park.
  • Jeff Samardzija is fulfilling his potential, in part, by taking the ball on opening day.

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)

From the Daily Herald (registry required for all)

  • 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.