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Cub Tracks’ Fear and Loathing on the complain trail

Harper’s bazaar and other bullets

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Hunter S.Thompson

It remains to be seen whether the Cubs will occupy the outhouse or the penthouse — the Cubs’ brass left Bryce Harper’s bazaar with the original group still intact, and that has to be a disappointment for some, if not most. This offseason lurches along like Hunter Thompson playing the village drunk in an Irish novel and it’s looking more and more like there’s going to be a beast of a CBA battle next time around.

“Genius around the world stands hand in hand, and the shock of recognition runs the whole circle ‘round” — Rob Manfred

GMs likely view such circumlocutory sarcasm with the same fear and loathing with which they view Scott Boras’ approaching shadow. Inside baseball stays inside. We in our armchairs aren’t privy to that flow of information and have to subsist on the runoff.

My sometime partner Standing Pat, of the Tacoma Coma nation, is enthused over the prospect of such stasis. Don’t give him any static or he’ll glue your balloons to the ceiling. “Luxury Tax be damned!” he thunders! “Baseball is a necessity! But we need to pursue fiscal responsibility at all costs!

Cazart! Heisenberg is as uncertain of that principle as I am. 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).

Food for thought: