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Gettin' REAL DEEP this time.

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We need our own dark magic. Danged Cardinals.

Why choose the lesser of two evils? Cthulhu for head of the Umpires' Union.
How does WAR work in non-Euclidean math? Would that affect the Pythagorean projections?

Was it Boston Theo and Co. fled? Or was it Innsmouth? What part of fhtagn do you not understand?

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Answering the Call.

  • Jesse Rogers (ESPN): Joe Maddon confused by out-of-base call on Javier Baez. Asked what kind of explanation he received from Dana DeMuth, Maddon didn’t hesitate. "A bad one," he said.
  • Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): About that bad call on Javier Baez. "Baez pretty clearly should not have been called out." Agreed.
  • Austin Shone (Isportsweb): Ben Zobrist making big impact for Cubs. "On a Chicago Cubs team stacked with so much talent, Ben Zobrist is a clubhouse leader with a sweet swing and World Series experience."
  • Liam McGuire (the Comeback): Joe Maddon wants to take 'Try Not To Suck' nationwide. When you bad...
  • Todd Johnson (Cubs Insider): Trade fever: What the Cubs might have to give up to acquire various players. "You want that ring, you have to pay the price and give up the players to get it."
  • Aldo Soto (Sports Mockery): Joe Maddon explains questionable roster move. "The organization simply doesn’t want to rush Contreras up if they have other options available."
  • Tommy Birch (The Des Moines Register): Shane Victorino's tenure with the Iowa Cubs comes to a close. Veteran released by the Cubs.

A mountain walked.

  • Patrick Mooney: (CSN Chicago*): What Kris Bryant's versatility means for the Cubs. "...everyone assumed he would inevitably become one of the best players in the game." It's happening.
  • CBS Chicago: Jon Lester is quite generous in his giving to John Lackey. Mmm. That's a mouthful. It is reported that Lester and Lackey have the same size feet.
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times): Why-do-everything Bryant is Cubs' MVP at quarter mark of season. "Bryant’s skill in the outfield – and willingness to move around – has made an impact for the first-place Cubs."
  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): Say, is Anthony Rizzo's slump even a slump? "...I’m not entirely convinced that this "slump," is anything more than just a flukey, luckless week."
  • Luis Medina (Bleacher Nation): Strike zone changes are coming and they could affect the Cubs. Changes in the rules could be implemented as soon as 2017.
  • David Haugh (Chicago Tribune): Cubs' slump reinforces need for Theo Epstein to 'October-proof' the offense. "This is all part of embracing the target."
  • Jesse Rogers (ESPN): No panic, only small frustration as Cubs drop another series. "Throughout the season you’re going to see that time from time," Addison Russell said after the game. "The best thing we can do is keep our confidence high and go get them next time."
  • Danny Ecker (Crain's Chicago Business): Selling stuff outside Wrigley? Court says no -- even to the Cubs. The sidewalks next to Wrigley Field are about to get a little less crowded thanks to a decision by a federal appeals court on peddlers outside the stadium.

The Colour Man Out Of Space.

Food for thought:

ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu  R'lyeh wgah'nagl World Series fhtagn

"In his house at R'Lyeh, Cthulhu lies World Series Dreaming."

Go get 'em, boys.