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I came for the Saturday night special, and I got a Sunday double-header instead. It’s enough to make one gonzo. Lots of moving parts today.

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“Let’s get ready to FUUUUMMMMMBBBLLE!”
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Nice work by MLB on this rain delay thing, eh? Gamethread word amazing. How did you spend the time? I taught my oldest cat to high-five by giving him Temptations (chicken flavor). Now he’s going around trying to high-five all the time so he can have treats. Cats are magic.

Jaime Garcia clearly didn’t recapture his vintage-2015 magic and Max Scherzer Scherzer’d as the Nationals knocked the Cubs around a little. That game and lineup looked like a punt for placement anyway, something I hope the Bears don’t do often in their season-opening tilt this evening against the Packers.

The second game, though, that was more better. Or was it? Victor Caratini with the bomb, that was almost cathartic. I sure did holler, don’t know about you. Hard to dislike the pickup of Cole Hamels, eh? Finest kind...Al will have full details in his recap of the nightcap. He’s already gotten past the first game, and so have I. But the second game. Oh, the humanity! Mike Marshall was right: Baseball is an ass. I dunno about you, but I feel good. Holy gamethread! Was it all Werth it?

Man, I love me some rain delay. Here we have reactions, and reactions to reactions, and the usual Sunday funnies. Read on! As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). Now, on with the show!

Cubs News and Notes:

“We’ve already played three of those [split doubleheaders],” player rep Kris Bryant said. “It’s our right [per the CBA] to want a straight doubleheader. We ended up getting it, but we had to wait here for a while.”

Bryant isn’t an advocate of playing baseball past midnight, but it’s the lesser of two evils, compared to a late postponement and then a doubleheader just a few hours later. And now even that has been delayed by rain on Saturday.

”I’m just as confused too,” Bryant said. “From the player’s perspective, when you play games at 1 or 2 in the morning, you are going to get the worst possible baseball. But either call it early or just play.” — Jesse Rogers.

And we wait...

It looks like they’re gonna play!

Food for Thought: