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If you pay attention to media this weekend, you will no doubt hear lots of stories of heroism and inspiration. I will stick to baseball here - that is why you come to BCB, right? But add my voice to the echoes that ask each of you to remember, consider, and honor why you are hopefully enjoying a long weekend.

Joe Robbins

Despite Friday's clunker, there is some good news to relay.  There's some draft notes, encouraging minor league signs, and video of Javy leaving the stadium.

From Comcast SportsNet

From Cubs Den

  • A couple names could be climbing the Cubs' draft board, with an underslot deal a growing possibility.
  • This link is their minor league wrap of Thursday's games, but there's a small draft update about Jed Hoyer taking in a recent strong performance by LSU pitcher Aaron Nola.
  • Even more draft notes, plus Baseball Prospectus shares thoughts on a pair of the Cubs' headline IFA signings from last summer.

From Cubs.com

From ESPNChicago.com

From the Chicago Tribune

From the Chicago Sun-Times 

From the Daily Herald

  • Jason Hammel says his hand will be fine after he took a shot off his pitching hand in his last start. As of this writing, Jason is set to take the bump later today.

Miscellaneous

  • H/T to our Fanshot section. Fangraphs attributes Jeff Samardzija's success to becoming a whole new, efficient pitcher.
  • In case you didn't see this video, MiLB.com has a clip of Javier Baez' Friday night home run that left the stadium in Round Rock, Arkansas. The highlight comes complete with bitter announcers.

Today's food for thought