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Good bye, Blue Monday.

Last time through the Turn-Style (1), Cub Tracks came up short. But Albert Almora Jr didn’t, and Javier Baez came up big as well. I’m enjoying some leftover meatloaf at present — quite literally as I’m watching Sunday’s game again while I compile this link aggregation, and I had meatloaf for dinner then (2).

My feline friends have joined me. They like watching the baseball — lots of moving things to swat at and peer at, not so many confusing flashing lights. I got the older two little Cub hats in 2016, just before the World Series, as part of the last round of acquisitions befitting various little ‘stitions. Chicken Butt (3), the youngest, hasn’t yet seen a Cubs playoff game. I’ll have to get him a cap too.

But I digress. I’m gonna blame it on the catnip. I have a gonfalon (4) and something about a granfalloon (5) on the table next to me, waiting for their turn at bat. You people enjoy the breakfast of champions (6) and I’ll bring you the news — as always * means autoplay on (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Cubs news and notes:

About those meltdowns:

‘‘It’s happened a couple of times so far, which is a concern,’’ pitching coach Jim Hickey said. ‘‘I’m not going to press the panic button yet, but it’s certainly something that needs to be looked into and addressed.’’

To that end, Darvish had a lengthy sit-down Sunday with pitching strategist Mike Borzello as manager Joe Maddon preached patience.

Everybody’s a comedian:

Almora and Edwards called the game a dogfight.

‘‘Yeah, bumps and bruises,’’ Carl Edwards, Jr. said. ‘‘I think their dog was bigger than our dog because we’re the ones that got hit pretty hard.’’

The game also featured a verbal altercation between Cubs shortstop Javier Baez and the RockiesDJ LeMahieu after Baez blocked LeMahieu from seeing the catcher’s signs in the third and a fan with a Frisbee running on the field before being tackled by security in the sixth.

‘‘He could have at least threw the Frisbee at somebody,’’ Edwards said. ‘‘Just a weird day. One of those days when you get to see almost everything that baseball has.’’

  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com*): Ready for WS rematch? Cubs definitely are. “It will remind them of the World Series,” Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor said.
  • Paul Sullivan (Chicago Tribune {$}): Memories of Cubs’ World Series win in Cleveland will never fade. “Maybe you have your own stories of watching Game 7 unfold...”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times*): How a failed bunt and stranded runner led to the biggest meeting in Cubs history. ‘‘We walked in with one feeling, and we walked out with another,’’ said Ben Zobrist.
  • Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): I actually found Jose Quintana’s start re-assuring. “...not all “results” are created equal.”
  • JJ Wall (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Pedro Strop’s success so far. “...not only is Strop inducing the weakest contact of his career, he’s also allowing more contact.”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times*): Mystery on wheels: Cubs’ Zobrist mum on whereabouts of World Series MVP car. “OK, it’s in Tennessee somewhere,” he said. “There’s the hint.”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times*): Javy Baez still steaming over LeMahieu flap after Cubs’ victory. “We’re always talking about this technological method of stealing signs. That was old-school right there,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
  • Owen Perkins (MLB.com*): Baez, LeMahieu explain spat at second base. “LeMahieu denied stealing signs in a text to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding.”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times*): Addison Russell hospitalized briefly in Denver for allergic reaction. He “blew up”.
  • Sam Fels (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Addison the centrist. “...given how hard he’s hitting the ball he might feel short-changed a bit.”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times*): Kris Bryant appears to avoid concussion in Cubs’ bruising 9-7 win vs. Rockies. ‘‘I have not heard anything awful, but they’re still watching him,’’ said Joe Maddon.
  • Tom Loxas (Cubs Insider): Cubs may have found their new Dexter Fowler. ”Almora is turning into a glue guy.” Okay, but we were saying the same thing about Ian Happ at the end of spring training.
  • John Grochowski (Chicago Sun-Times*): Early returns show Cubs’ Jason Heyward having better offensive season. “He is hitting more flies and pulling the ball less.”
  • Matthew Lamar (Royals Review): The Royals should rip a page out of the Chicago Cubs’ draft strategy. “TINSTAAPP.”
  • Phil Rosenthal (Chicago Tribune {$}): Remembering Davey Nelson and the call from WGN-AM 720 that changed his life.

Food for thought:

More pummeling iron with lasers

No charge for admittance

Drosophiliac? Melanogaster disaster?

(1) Cass and Ogden, Westmont. This is the one on 55th st near Pulaski where I went when I was a kid. Albertson’s isn’t the same thing. I miss the little bookstore in the one in Westmont.

(2) It had bacon wrapped around it, a block of cheddar cheese in the middle, and bourbon barbecue sauce on it.

(3) His real name is Tyke, but he REALLY likes chicken. He is a big boy that weighs fourteen pounds at ten months.

(4) “...a banner or pennant, especially one with streamers, hung from a crossbar.”

(5) “Coined by Kurt Vonnegut in the 1963 science fiction novel, Cat’s Cradle, in which Vonnegut described the term as referencing a false karass, or “a proud and meaningless association of human beings”; later adopted by market researchers and social scientists.” Also a bar in Kansas City.

(6) Wiki sez. Kilgore caught a Trout.

And so it goes.