With the All-Star break and the Cubs scattered around the country (and possibly elsewhere), the mainstream writers found little to write about since Erik's last edition of Cub Tracks. Here's what I've got for you this morning.
From Comcast SportsNet
- Addison Russell is excited about being part of the Cubs' rebuild.
- VIDEO: The potential financial impact of having an All-Star Game at Wrigley Field.
- Former Cub Jeff Samardzija had a "pretty wild" experience at the All-Star Game.
- The Cubs are getting in position to make a "huge splash," writes Patrick Mooney.
From Cubs Den
- Mike Moody, who used to lead the "Trade Starlin" movement, now says Starlin Castro is "plenty good."
- John Arguello goes over the importance of logic, objective measurement and "playing the odds" in Cubs decision-making.
- Carrie Muskat has five key developments from the first half and five storylines for the second half.
- Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo enjoyed their All-Star experience.
- Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster has sold a Lakeview house he once lived in. (He still lives elsewhere in Lakeview.)
- The story about Rays pitcher David Price wanting to win a World Series with the Cubs? Uh, he didn't mean it. Well, not all of it, anyway.
- Remember that legalese about Wrigley Field and "expansion" in the rooftop contract? That might become very, very important in any court action.
- Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards is confident he'll return strong.
- This one ought to cause some debate: Scott Boras, Kris Bryant's agent, says the Cubs ought to bring Bryant to the major leagues this September.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are "all in" on the rebuild.
- Arismendy Alcantara will stay with the Cubs at least through the Arizona series.
- Rick Renteria is upbeat about the Cubs' future.
From the Daily Herald
- Manny Ramirez is really enjoying his time with the Iowa Cubs.
- Sean Kernan of the Daytona-Beach News-Journal writes about the team anticipating the arrival of Kyle Schwarber.
Today's food for thought