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Cub Tracks Welcomes Welly To The Core

Catchers often wear down as a season progresses. But the Cubs' young backstop is just getting better. And that is helping cement his spot in the team's future plans. Click on Cub Tracks for more on Welington Castillo, a wiffle ball charity game, why the Kane County Cougars are having a good year, and a bubble gum planet.

That's my plate, fool.
That's my plate, fool.
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

I debated on the title. Should that say "Wely"?

From Comcast SportsNet

  • The Cubs believe they have their frontline catcher in Welington Castillo.
  • Darwin Barney says the Cubs got pumped up, and a little insulted, when they missed Cardinals' ace Adam Wainwright.
  • A familiar refrain from Dale Sveum: Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo need to pick it up.
  • Cub fans welcomed back Derrek Lee when the former Cubs' slugger participated in Kerry Wood's charity wiffle ball game this past weekend.
  • And the event was a big hit.
  • The Cubs are going to have earn respect from the Cardinals.
  • Alfonso Soriano is still helping the Cubs. In this case, he's helping rookie Junior Lake stay ahead of the curve.
  • Pedro Strop could very well be the team's closer next season.

From Cubs Den

  • Don't expect the Cubs to be heavily involved in the bidding for Cuban defector Jorge Abreu.
  • As Al mentioned in his recap of Sunday's Cougars' game, he met John Arguello from Cubs' Den. John posted a photo gallery from the game.
  • The team's offensive philosophy might just be a waiting game.



  • I haven't seen a web link on this, but ESPN the Magazine had a cool little article about how the Cardinals are an aggressive hitting team and how other teams may be preaching over patience. Skim through a copy the next time you're in a doctor's office.
  • It's too late to "save the season", but the Cubs are finally getting some timely hits.
  • The team is finally coming along defensively.
  • Darnell McDonald is happy to be back in the bigs.
From the Chicago Tribune

From the Chicago Sun-Times

From the Daily Herald

  • The Kane County Cougars' W/L record has not been good. But this season is about so much more for the Cubs' newest affiliate.
  • The rival Cardinals offer a view of the Cubs' hopes for the future.

Today's food for thought

  • NASA's latest find is a planet that looks like a giant piece of bubble gum. And when I say giant, I mean, four times the size of Jupiter