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Cub Tracks Gets Indecorous

Musings on the nature of breakfast, interior design, the playoffs, and biting other bullets.

Loss is a four-letter word.
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In the last edition of Cub Tracks, we swept off the Reds, offered sacrifices to the gods of baseball to counter various dark magics, learned that Theo Epstein has a dark side, and took a gander at the youth movement on the Cubs.

Saturday afternoon, the Cubs laid an egg in Wrigley Field, and that’s all I’m gonna say about that. I might fry up that egg with some chilies and onions for brunch in a minute. Maybe sprinkle a little cheese on it. Maybe some bacon. And ham. And sausage. Go whole hog, if you’re gonna go...

So the Cardinals are still mathematically alive. I say pull the plug anyway. I am disappoint. I wanted the Marlins and the Giants to make it as wild cards, just to tempt fate. The Mets need to be destroyed like the Cardinals were in last year’s NLDS. I don’t have faith that the Nationals can do that. The Cubs might have to. That would be fine. I’ll plan on having chivito twice. With ‘Cerrano’ peppers.

To get ahead, one must make sacrifices. And after all, Hallowe’en’s coming. I can smell the pumpkin spice and candy corn from here.

I was at Wal-Mart the other day. They don’t miss a trick, those people. They had Hallowe’en costumes, turkey, and Xmas ornaments on sale simultaneously.

I’m into it. That’s what a World Series victory would taste like, I think. All the holidays, rolled into one, and lasting for months. I plan to put up all the decorations, and never take them down.

Imagine. Wuxtry! Wuxtry! Read all about it!

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  • Aldo Soto (Sports Mockery): The Cubs are spoiling the Cardinals’ playoff hopes. Well, yesterday didn’t help, but yeah. I like that idea very much. Bonus for Kolten Wong face-plant.
  • ESPN: The road to the World Series goes through Wrigley Field. Yes! “...the biggest advantage for the Cubs in clinching home-field advantage is (in) how well they have done against potential playoff opponents.” That, too.
  • Chris Bahr (Fox Sports): Joe Maddon explains why he wants the Chicago Cubs to win 100 games. You always have to have a goal.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): Maddon thrilled with possibility of 100-win season. "Ninety is special," Maddon said. "When you think 90 wins, that should get you to the dance. When you get a chance to do 100, that is really special.”
  • Paul Sullivan (Chicago Tribune): Time to savor a Cubs regular season that actually lived up to the hype. Today’s the last regular-season home game before the Cubs hit the road for a postseason tuneup.
  • Eric Chemi (CNBC): Cubs at 100 wins: Peaking too soon? Round and round we go...
  • Isaac Bennett (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Things that scaree, things that don’t. “Just as soon as I’ve convinced myself that the boogeyman doesn’t exist, my paranoia overwhelms me.”
  • Michael Sneed (Chicago Sun-Times): 108 could be the Cubs’ magic number this year. Grant DePorter has a list of reasons why.
  • David Just (Chicago Sun-Times): Maddon believes better facilities have led to success at Wrigley. “I think it has had an impact,” Maddon said.
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune): Cubs working to maximize home-field advantage in playoffs. "This is the time of the year you simplify things even more," said Maddon.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): One outing won't determine postseason rotation. "I'm not worried about a good or bad outing right now," Maddon said.
  • Buster Olney (ESPN*-Insider {$}): MLB roundup: Jake Arrieta takes big step in right direction. “The big thing for me is controlling my effort,” he said. “A lot of times, more effort can create inconsistency in my delivery.”
  • Jesse Rogers (ESPN*): Jake Arrieta gets back on track with Miguel Montero behind plate. “I’d like to think I know him pretty well and have a good feeling for when he gets off a little bit and how to bring it back,” Montero said.
  • Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): Jake Arrieta had one of his best games of the year, and excitement is warranted. “If anyone but Montero catches Arrieta in the playoffs, I’d be shocked.”
  • Bruce Levine (CBS Chicago): Jason Hammel personifies Cubs’ championship goal. “Whether or not I am on the roster, I am still going to enjoy it,” said Hammel.
  • Bruce Miles (Daily Herald): No decisions on Chicago Cubs' roster for playoffs. “We had a couple meetings, let it marinate a couple days," said general manager Jed Hoyer.
  • Tim Huwe (the Zygote 50): Linking Bryan Morris and Brasil baseball. Cubs ownership didn’t want Morris. The league doesn’t seem to want to invest in Brazilian players, despite the evidence of talent there.
  • Todd Johnson (Cubs Insider): Arizona Instructional League is now in session. A few words about the 81 participants.
  • John Arguello (Cubs Den): Thoughts and Photos from the Instructional League: Position Players (plus an early peek at Thomas Hatch). Ditto.
  • Lisa Fielding (CBS Chicago): Cubs ‘W’ flag has long history beyond Wrigley Field. It comes from the Wilmington Transfer Co.
  • George Castle (Chicago Baseball Museum): The day Holtzman beat Koufax. It was 50 years ago today.
  • Darren Rovell (ESPN): Cubs, MLB file suit against Wrigleyville vendors. The suit asks for a temporary restraining order against several vendors, some of whom are identified by name.
  • Ariel Cheung (DNAinfo): Cubs sue Wrigleyville vendors for selling fake team gear. More about that.

Food for thought:

  • Amy McDermott (Science News): Endurance training leaves no memory in muscles. The new result has “no bearing on the possible memory in other organ systems,” says physiologist Kristian Gundersen.
  • Michael Price (Science Magazine): Researchers discover gene behind ‘sixth sense’ in humans. Proprioception, or the body’s awareness of where it is in space, is the cited sense.
  • Samantha Cole (Popular Science): New evidence that cats sailed with Vikings. Norwegian Forest cats and Maine Coon cats are pretty darn similar. There might be a reason for that.

Thanks for reading. Pardon the inferior decoration.