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Cake Walk, hydrate the hangover, and other bullets

Chicago Cubs Victory Celebration
We are still the World Champs.
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In our last episode, we exceeded projections, coming up smelling like roses, and kicked off Hot Stove season with a John Lackey haircut and a wash of the chalk wall. This time around, Cub Tracks puts the icing on the cake, goes on a bender, and ferrets out the latest and greatest in Cubs news. As always * means autoplay on (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

  • Patty Wetli (DNAinfo): This awesome Cubs Tribute Cake took 200 hours To make. I believe it. One of my friends is a pastry chef. Very cool.
  • Ben Cosman (Cut Four): 'Go Cubs Go' made it onto the Billboard charts for the first time ever. That’s awesome. Steve Goodman would have been proud.
  • Phil Rosenthal (Chicago Tribune): Jack Brickhouse, the overlooked voice of Cubs optimism. The voice of the Cubs, for me.
  • Bill Zwecker (Chicago Sun-Times): Chicago Cubs stage musical in the works. May it be as cool as “Bleacher Bums”.
  • Matt Snyder (CBS Sports): The 2016 MLB All-Postseason team: This time, Kluber and Cubs on same side. It should be all Cubs.
  • MLB.com: Kyle Hendricks wins Players Choice Award. Outstanding Pitcher in the National League, he is.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): Theo Epstein: Jason Heyward has offensive 'plan in place'. Epstein said he expects to see an improved Heyward in 2017.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): Cubs closer? Unlikely to remain Chapman. Aroldis Chapman is a free agent and is unlikely to return.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): First title with Cubs leaves Epstein 'hungrier'. The Cubs are ‘in it for the long haul’.
  • Phil Rogers (MLB.com): Jason McLeod proud to be part of Cubs' historic title. "I still don't know if I believe this has really happened,'' McLeod said.
  • Jim Callis (MLB.com): Ian Happ's first AFL homer powers Solar Sox. Happ went 2-for-3 to help lead Mesa to 10-7 victory.
  • Darren Rovell (ESPN): Chicago Cubs fan gets Wrigley Field marquee tattoo on head. Ricky Rainey is happy with the work.
  • David Schoenfield (ESPN-Insider {$}): Is Dexter Fowler this year's Ben Zobrist? “A year ago, Zobrist was the free agent everyone wanted.”
  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): One analysis shows Cubs could have significant spending flexibility. Elaborating on Craig Edwards’ Fangraphs article.
  • Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): Dexter Fowler will decline his Qualifying Offer, but Cubs have interest in keeping him. Elaborating on Jerry Crasnick’s ESPN article.
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): One man’s cash is another man’s closer: Cubs not looking to spend big on pen. Jed Hoyer: “...the great reliever of next postseason may be a guy no one’s even thought of right now.”
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Cubs already have most of their Free Agent additions in place, Chapman could move west (for real this time). “We have fewer holes now, in part, because of the offseason we had last year,” Hoyer explained.
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Beat the heat: MLB hitters improving against elite velocity. Daren Willman provides some data.
  • John Arguello (Cubs Den): Cubs lose Director of Pro Scouting Jared Porter to Diamondbacks. “One of the only downsides of building a championship with high quality personnel is that eventually you are going to start losing them.”
  • Patrick Mooney (CSN Chicago*): Cubs looking to make White House visit before Obama leaves office and Trump takes over. “...there was a lot of interest from our players in taking him (Barack Obama) up on that invitation,” Epstein said.
  • Al Melchior (Today’s Knuckleball): Will anyone from the Cubs’ rotation stave off regression? I suspect they all will.
  • Craig Edwards (Fangraphs): How the Cubs’ dynasty could collapse. “...the rotation has a great deal of risk with little depth.”
  • Ken Schultz (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Jason Heyward’s unquestionable leadership. “Heyward’s World Series Game 7 speech will go down as the single greatest rain delay performance of all time.”
  • Erik Lambert (Sports Mockery): Fans won’t believe why Vic Fangio took credit for Cubs Championship. “...Baseball teams just seem to have loads of success when he’s in town”.
  • Aldo Soto (Sports Mockery): Cubs already telling fans what players they’re going after this offseason. Sonny Gray? Mark Melancon?
  • Erik Lambert (Sports Mockery): Cubs Fans won’t believe how far Kris Bryant went to break the curse. He got his own goat.
  • Paul Sullivan, Colleen Kane (Chicago Tribune*): Cubs GM likes that players are busy having 'a blast' after winning Series. Jed Hoyer said the new Cubs' T-shirts for the offseason should be either "Embrace the Hangover" or "Hydrate the Hangover."
  • Paul Sullivan (Chicago Tribune): Jake Arrieta political tweet gets Theo Epstein's attention at GM meetings. No sides are taken in this discussion.
  • Colleen Kane (Chicago Tribune): Cubs' sales pitch no longer includes 'the greatest American sports story'. "We might not be able to send out a video now," Epstein said. "People are probably sick of seeing us on TV to begin with."

food for thought

  • Charles Q. Choi (Live Science): Why humans don't have more Neanderthal genes. “...evolution has purged many of our caveman relative's genes from modern human genomes...”
  • Elizabeth Pennisi (Science): How farming changed the dog. "With farming we started to eat starch, and both we and dogs had to adapt to this change."
  • Ian Johnston (The Independent*): Climate change may be escalating so fast it could be 'game over', scientists warn. Professor Michael Mann told The Independent the new paper appeared "sound and the conclusions quite defensible".

I wanna stay on my World Series cloud. No more bad news, please. See you Sunday. Thanks for reading.