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Happy Mother's Day from Cub Tracks!

Can also hit his way on.
Can also hit his way on.
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to another edition of news about that great American pastime, taking Mom out for brunch.

I mean, baseball, of course. Talk about a game of inches -- that game had the hair standing up on the edge of my seat. I love this team. Every game is revelatory. Every play, potentially historical.

Relentless. Methodical. Implacable. As cold and unsympathetic as HG Wells' Martians. Or Marvin Martian.

Box score.

Jake is bringing the broom.

I wonder --how many of you are listening on the radio? How many are dvring the game? How can you answer if you are?

It's a beautiful day for a ball game. [AUDIO]

Think pink.[VIDEO]

Baseball players take a swing at cancer. [VIDEO]

Miguel Montero Mother's Day Home Run. [VIDEO]

A Mothers' Day gift for everyone: Bleacher Bums. [VIDEO]

This day in Cubs history:

1973: Ernie Banks technically becomes the first African American manager in major league baseball history after being named interim manager when Whitey Lockman is ejected from the game. Banks' short stint as a major league manager is a success as the Cubs defeat the San Diego Padres 3-2 in 12 innings.

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Drama du jour.

  • Patrick Mooney (CSN Chicago*): Why Dusty Baker believes these Cubs are better-positioned than his Kerry Wood/Mark Prior teams. To start with, he's not managing them.
  • Myles Phelps (Cubs Den): Are current PEDs punishments enough? "...thinking about the PED suspension process as a whole. Perhaps it could be revamped."
  • Bill Kissinger/Mike Lowe (WGN-TV): Chicago Cubs bypass alderman for new plaza liquor license. Alderman Tom Tunney has different ideas than the Cubs have.
  • Jesse Rogers (ESPN): Are Javier Baez and Jorge Soler headed in opposite directions? Joe Maddon weighs in. "It’s not a developmental process that we’re going through," Maddon said. "We’re trying to win games right now."
  • David Schoenfield (ESPN*): Eighteen years after Kerry Wood: Will we see another 20-strikeout game? A qualified maybe.

Everybody Wang Chung.

  • Chris Emma (CBS Chicago): Like it or not, baseball is evolving into its fun new age. Bryce Harper was right.
  • George Castle (Chicago Baseball Museum): Will '16 Cubs be one-of-a-kind team? "If you have followed the Cubs for the majority of their unprecedented championship drought, you scarcely have any points of reference or comparison about their astounding start this season."
  • Matt Yoder (The Comeback): Five reasons why the Cubs can break the all-time wins record this year. Can the Cubs keep this up?
  • Darrel Horwitz (The Sports Post): Three trades that made the Cubs a powerhouse. The Cubs are going to be very good for a long time.
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Cubs have caught a raging case of Zo pox. "It is hard to quantify. He is this thing that spreads – almost like a good virus."
  • Dan McCarthy (ESPN*): The best baseball is in Chicago. "...this is the third time that each Chicago team was the first in their respective leagues to reach 20 wins."

Middle men.

  • Mark Townsend (Big League Stew): Ben Zobrist reminds us how deep and dynamic the Cubs lineup is. Daily, he reminds us.
  • Vinnie Duber (CSN Chicago*): Is Javier Baez the next Ben Zobrist? In terms of starring as a career utility player, Joe Maddon doesn't think so. "He’s probably going to settle in one spot on the infield. Probably," Maddon said.
  • Eric Karabell (ESPN-Insider $): Five MLB hitters who deserve more playing time. Javier Baez is one of them.
  • Carrie Muskat ( Addison Russell admires the strong women in his life. "My mom has always given some of the best advice that I can remember," Russell said.
  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): Dexter Fowler's crazy catch, and dramatically improved defense. "I hear he’s been pretty good with the bat, too."
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): The evolution of Javy Baez' pitch recognition and swing as shown by heat maps. "The hitter we’re seeing in 2016 seems to be a hybrid of sorts, willing to go outside the zone but with something other than murderous intent."
  • Zack Bernard (Baseball Essential): Javier Baez is quietly coming alive. "... it’s easy to lose sight of the former top prospect very quietly coming of age as the Cubs’ super-utility man."

Throwing it out there.

  • Bruce Levine (CBS Chicago): Joe Maddon includes all 25 to win. "In the world of Maddon, you learn to be ready every game and every inning for your chance to go in and impact a ball game."
  • Rick Morrissey (Chicago Sun-Times): On ejections, replays, prices, and troughs at Wrigley Field. Observations from a night as a civilian in the not-so-cheap seats.
  • Carrie Muskat ( John Lackey notches 2000th career strikeout. "It was definitely a day for the hitters," Lackey said of the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field for the first time this season. "I was fortunate to get a few strikeouts. You never know with a fly ball when things are like that around here."
  • David Haugh (Chicago Tribune): Jake Arrieta and Cubs' season the stuff of legends in the making. Arrieta's current streak revived Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown's name and recalled his unique tale.
  • Anna McDonald (ESPN): MLB stars share their appreciation for Mom on Mothers' Day. Jake Arrieta is quoted.
  • Tommy Stokke (Today's Knuckleball): Hector Rondon is Cubs' best-kept secret. "Lost in the awe and excitement of the Chicago Cubs’ 22-6 start, lost among the star offseason acquisitions and prospects emerging as players is Hector Rondon, who isn’t a prospect but is not yet a star."
  • Aldo Soto (Sports Mockery): Chris Sale breaks the hearts of White Sox fans and admits who the best pitcher in Chicago really is. "The numbers are stupid good and Sale isn’t hesitant to share his admiration for the Cubs’ ace."

Win Plus Win.

  • Ryan Davis (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Let's not forget Anthony Rizzo: A Cubs star, already excellent, gets better. "...he’s transforming into a truly special ballplayer."
  • Bruce Miles (Daily Herald): Chicago Cubs' run differential keeps climbing. Joe Maddon credits the starting pitching as much as the offense.
  • Tim Stebbins (Cubbies Crib): A look at how the new players have fared thus far. Jason Heyward, John Lackey, and Ben Zobrist are three reasons why the Cubs have the best winning percentage in baseball.
  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): DRA is back and updated -- Cubs pitchers not where you'd expect. "DRA – Deserved Run Average – is presented as an alternative to ERA, although it comes with a fairly different form of calculation."

Barrel of monkeys.

  • Kris Bryant vs. Dude Perfect.[VIDEO] They look like they had a lot of fun. Mike Moustakas is also in the ad.


  • Carrie Muskat ( Miguel Montero says his back feels better. "It feels better," Montero said. "It's coming along good. Obviously, I'm not going to rush it, and I'm going to take my time with it and see."
  • CSN Chicago: How far will you take it -- the Wrigley Field Ivy.[VIDEO]
  • Justin Breen (DNAinfo): Wrigley's grass patterns -- including the Burberry -- change over the season. The team has about 10 different patterns for the infield/outfield at Wrigley Field.
  • Neil (Chicago Cubs Online): Willson Contreras is not slowing down offensively. Catcher still has his legs under him.
  • Carlos Portocarrero (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Jorge Soler has already made history. Now what? "I’m keeping Soler’s baseball card in the book—there’s just too much upside to walk away right now."
  • Erik Lambert (Sports Mockery): The craziest Cubs-White Sox connection you'll see this season. 1906 all over again.

Food for thought:

  • Nola Taylor Redd (*): The Mercury transit of the sun on Monday is a science smorgasbord. The planet's pass across Earth's nearest star may provide information about its thin atmosphere, assist in the hunt for worlds around other stars, and help NASA hone some of its instruments.
  • Eric Owens (Daily Caller): Don't worry, cell phones don't cause cancer. A study of 30 years’ worth of data has concluded that no link exists between mobile phones and brain cancers. Look at the name of the journal, though. Hmm.
  • Dave Kolpack ( Students mix art with science on simulated Mars mission. The students spent 10 days performing experiments relating primarily to how the isolation of space missions affects cohesion of the crew.