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Cub Tracks Gets Conventional

Ryne Sandberg is back, Sammy's not, and other Conventional wisdom.

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Yogi does Yoga. Hey Boo-Boo! I can't bear any more puns. On to the news.

From ComCast Sportsnet Chicago:

  • Patrick Mooney: Youth movement will pay off in 2016. "The Hall of Fame shutout for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens...reinforces the idea this is a young man’s game again." So, PEDS=old guys? Wut? Some points raised, but consciousness lowered.
  • Mooney: Sammy Sosa stays on the ballot for another year. Speaking of PEDs... "Sammy Sosa used to love the spotlight, but now it feels like his name only comes up in the Cooperstown voting or with the Cubs Convention question." Ah, that question. Yes. See below.

From CBS Chicago:

From ESPN Chicago:


  • Carrie Muskat: Ben Zobrist among headliners at Cubs Convention. New Cubs Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward, John Lackey, and Adam Warren will attend the 31st Cubs Convention on Jan. 15-17, which will feature a seminar with Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg, Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams.
  • Muskat: Annual Cubs Caravan begins Wednesday. "Joe Maddon will open the Cubs Caravan by shopping, preparing and serving a traditional home-cooked Italian dinner to homeless community members at the Chicago Help Initiative..."

From the Chicago Tribune:

  • Tim Bannon: Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Kris Bryant headline Cubs Convention. "More than 75 Cubs players, coaches, executives and alumni are expected at the 31st annual event. Anthony Rizzo has yet to make a prediction for 2016."
  • Tracy Swartz: Cubs nutrition consultant to appear on "My Diet is Better Than Yours." Cubs nutrition consultant Dawn Jackson Blatner is slated to appear as a health expert on the new ABC weight-loss competition "My Diet is Better Than Yours, Thursday at 8 p.m.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

  • Gordon Wittenmyer: Manny Ramirez on PEDs, Hall. "Sometimes you think you're doing right, but you're not." Next year Mark McGwire is off the ballot, and Manny Ramirez takes his place, for the first of potentially 10 shots at the Hall of Fame through voting of the baseball writers. When it comes to his Hall of Fame chances, Ramirez has no better chance than McGwire did.
  • Rick Morrissey: Why is Sammy Sosa's cheating status so low among Hall of Fame voters? "Sosa is eighth on the all-time home-run list with 609. He was a seven-time All-Star and a former National League most valuable player. How do you ignore that if you’re a voter who doesn’t view steroids as an evil?"
  • Cubs release their featured guests for the 2016 Cubs Convention. No word on where they were released from. But I hear that the list of attendees is both long and luminous.

From Cubs Den:

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Food for thought:

  • Young infants have perceptual superpowers. Mutants. I knew it. Six-month-old babies can spot subtle differences between two monkey faces easy as pie. But 9-month-olds — and adults — are blind to the differences.
  • Space Photos of the week: A supermassive black hole burps. Oh, baby.
  • New material can fold itself into hundreds of shapes. "Call it one small step for material science, one giant leap for origami."
  • and so it goes.