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Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs
NO way, eh?
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In our last episode, Cub Tracks dreamt big. We considered hyperbole, Puigs on the wing, pumpkin spice everything, and other cheesy comestibles, and wound up with scientists on a remote island surrounded by polar bears.

They’re still surrounded, as far as I know. Reports that John Carpenter has gone to film the scene are so far unsubstantiated. If it becomes a Thing, I’ll let you know.

The Cubs’ division title is a thing now, as we all know, and that means that the Cubs backups get a little action. They look pretty good in action, too. Gotta respect the Brewers for giving it all they have, though I still do and always will hate on Ryan Braun and I find Scooter Gennett’s Daniel Murphy impression difficult to believe.

It’s still all about celebrating, three days after the title was clinched. At least it is here in the Cub Tracks universe. And it’s only gonna get better from here.

Here are a few examples of Blue Cheer and a couple of reality checks. As always * means autoplay on (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

“It was a half-assed attempt to go incognito,’’ Epstein said. “I didn’t plan ahead. Whatever. It was great out there.’’

  • ESPN: What if Cubs win it all? [VIDEO]
  • Kyle Bannon (Chicago Tribune): Kyle Schwarber contributes to Cubs' postseason push. He lent his vocal talents to the video, above.
  • Carrie Muskat ( Ryne Sandberg praises Cubs' incredible performance. "It's pretty impressive," the Hall of Famer said of the young club.
  • Mark Potash (Chicago Sun-Times*): Joe Maddon on Cubs experience: ‘I feel privileged to be here’. ‘Everybody should be a Cub at some point of their major-league existence.’
  • Joel Cummins (Cubs Insider): Playin’ in a travelin’ band: Following the Cubs through time and around the world. “Enjoy the ride, Cubs fans, this is what we’ve been waiting for.”
  • ESPN (INSIDER $*): Answering the Cubs' most pressing questions. ESPN’s experts explain “if this is finally Chicago's year and what (or who) could stand in the way of a parade 108 years in the making on the North Side.”
  • Bob Nightengale (USA Today): Cubs ready to bring the party into October. “The game plan, Joe Maddon says, is to treat the rest of the season like spring training.”
  • Ariel Chung (DNAinfo): Jumping on the Cubs’ bandwagon? Here’s what you need to know. A fun list of crazy things and good times.
  • Aldo Soto (Sports Mockery): Cubs player stops at bar, shoots Jameson with fans after Cubs clinch division. David Ross knows how to celebrate the moment.
  • Paul Roumeliotis (CSN Chicago*): Joe Maddon: 'I was jealous' of Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer in Wrigley Field bleachers. "We made a deal that we would do it the day after we clinched the division," Epstein said.
  • Paul Skrbina (Chicago Tribune*): Cubs not sorry for merrymaking ways. Addison Russell spoke up. “We celebrate every single win with water and all that stuff,” the beer-soaked Russell said from a beer-soaked clubhouse. “...the next day comes and it’s back to business.”
  • Carrie Muskat ( After walk-off, Miguel Montero wants 'to finish as strong as possible'. "I'm sure he had bumps and bruises that he hasn't talked about, and now he feels better and his game is back," Maddon said.
  • Bradford Doolittle (ESPN*): Don't expect Cubs to let up after clinching division title. "It's not like navel-gazing time," team president Theo Epstein said. "We've got a lot ahead of us.”
  • Carrie Muskat ( Theo Epstein proud of how Cubs have handled expectations. "This year, before we even reported to Spring Training, there were all these expectations and that kind of crept into the clubhouse and the guys handled it incredibly well and embraced the challenge and didn't back down from any situations."
  • Phil Rogers ( NL Central title mere stepping-stone for Cubs. “Built for sustained success, talented, likable North Siders focused on loftiest of aspirations.”
  • Barry Rozner (Daily Herald {$}): One party down, three to go for Chicago Cubs. “It can never be said that these Cubs don't know how to have a good time.”
  • Carrie Muskat ( Travis Wood, longest-tenured Cub, savoring '16 season. "We've definitely come a long ways from when I got here in '12," said Wood.
  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): On Mike Montgomery’s great start and future with the Cubs. “Montgomery’s future with the Cubs may yet lie in the rotation.”
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Jon Lester leading Kyle Hendricks in Cy Young predictions. “...there’s really no wrong answer here.”
  • Cat Garcia (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Jason Hammel doesn’t need to start in October, and shouldn’t. He has big hands and can hold a lot of gopher balls.
  • Tim Huwe (The Zygote 50): Josh Collmenter and re-defining prospects. Collmenter was traded for cash to the Braves. He won against the Nationals Saturday. Now that’s ROI.
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune): Cubs minor leaguers tune up for Instructional League, winter ball. Seventy-four players are expected to report to Mesa, Ariz., by Sunday.
  • Paul Roumeliotis (CSN Chicago*): Cubs: Joe Maddon doesn't think Jorge Soler's injury is serious. “I didn’t get anything awful," Maddon said. "Just that his side was tight...”
  • Sean Sears (Sports Mockery): Two Cub fan-favorites could both be gone after 2016. “Specifically, catcher Miguel Montero and center fielder Dexter Fowler.”
  • Joel Sherman (NY Post): The most dangerous thing in way of a Cubs romp to World Series. “...the key ingredient will be excellence atop the rotation.”
  • Rick Morrissey (Chicago Sun-Times*): Cubs’ season has been charmed; can playoffs possibly be as easy? “Hard to see that happening.”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times*): Better lucky than good? Cubs might be both as they chase title. You have to be both to win.
  • Evan Davis (Today’s Knuckleball): The unluckiest team in the National League has been…the Cubs? “They may have been unlucky, but they’ve still been otherworldly.”
  • Ryan Davis (Today’s Knuckleball): This may be the best chance the Cubs get at World Series. Davis considers the factors that go into his hypothesis.
  • Victor Mather (NY Times): Cubs are rolling, covered in the dust of a 108-Year drought. Why not the Cubs? Indeed.
  • Chris Sosa (Chicago Tribune): Cubs 'clincher' propels network to ratings record. “While the Cubs are "embracing the target," as manager Joe Maddon put it, fans are embracing their TVs.”
  • Ty Boronski: An interview with former Cub Bryan LaHair. [VIDEO]
  • Ty Boronski: An interview with former Cub Anthony Giansanti. [VIDEO]

Food for thought:

  • Shontavia Johnson (New Republic): The science of going viral. Posits that successful memes are useful.
  • Sarah Kaplan (The Washington Post): Scientists caught black holes swallowing stars — and burping energy back up. "It's as though the black hole has cleaned its room by throwing flames," Sjoert van Velzen said.
  • Lizzie Wade (Science): Neandertals made their own jewelry, new method confirms. They found parts of necklaces in France.

Can Braun be traded to Japan instead of LA? I’d prefer that. Can Spencer Patton go with him? Eeeeeeugh. Thanks for reading. See ya Tuesday for more of the shenanigans.