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Or did, 25 years ago
Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

I voted for Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Bo is a good man, though, and was a fantastic athlete. I used to run a car wash he patronized, about a quarter-century ago. He was awesome with little kids. He’d stroll through the gangway next to the tunnel, watching his Mercedes get scrubbed, wearing dark glasses.

Kids’d come up, tug on his shirt tail. “Are you...are you him?”

“I don’t know, “ he would say, slowly. “Who am I this time?”

“I know!” would come the answer. “You’re Bo. I know you’re Bo!”

“I am,” he’d allow, smiling slightly, inscrutably, and shake hands gravely. “Good to meetcha.” Sometimes autographs or a picture would happen. He liked light Armor-All on the wheels and a through job of vacuuming. He tipped a fiver on Saturday mornings, when he’d come in early.

He met Hubert Sumlin, another habitue, in the hallway once. “Bo may not know Diddly,” he said. “But Bo knows blues. How you doin’, man?”

“Pickin’ and grinnin’, young man. How’s retirement treatin’ ya?”

I drifted away.

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Cubs backup catcher Victor Caratini is getting a head start on 2019 in winter ball. “At 25, Caratini may be at a point where he doesn’t want to be labeled as a career reserve, so he is playing for Caguas this winter in the Puerto Rican League.”
  • Jon Greenberg (The Athletic {$}): Javier Báez: ‘What a year for that kid’ who made Cubs baseball fun. “Each year, he gets better and better.”
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): So, could the Cubs actually consider trading Ben Zobrist? “...selling high on the aging Zobrist might allow the Cubs to pry prospects from another contender while opening up payroll for a reliever and a cheaper contact bat.”
  • John Perrotto (Forbes*): Robinson Cano trade shows how Tigers and Cubs can make Miguel Cabrera’s and Jason Heyward’s contracts disappear. “Jerry DiPoto did not pull a rabbit out of his hat or saw someone in half.”
  • Zack Moser (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Farewell for now from BP Wrigleyville. “...migrating to the BP main site.”

Food for thought: