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Old players make young managers, long-standing beef, and other bullets

He’s humble and lovable.
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Speaking of reflecting, I took over this column four years ago today, trying to fill the outsize shoes of Russ La Croix. The first installment appeared October 27, 2015. This little thing has already had a spin-off and who knows what programming lies in the future... but let’s not force anything. We are, however, renewed for another season.

Curiously, the second installment also had me wanting October baseball for the home team. The more that things change... anyway I’m in no rush to finish right now. Tradition has it that this activity commences at the outset of the game and ends shortly after the game does. The beloved are not playing this evening, due to their not making the playoffs, so the Nationals will have to jump the shark themselves.

This fits me like Columbo’s raincoat but hey, there are worse things in the world. Serpentine, Sheldon. My (former) ‘in-laws’ bought me a new laptop for my upcoming birthday and this is the test run. Enjoy immoderately.**

Oh yeah, and David Ross.

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). {$} means paywall. {$} means limited views. Italics are often used here as sarcasm font.

October 26, 1971

Fergie Jenkins receives 16 of the 24 1st place votes to win the NL Cy Young Award. He is the 1st Cubs pitcher to win the award, going 24-13 in 39 starts with 30 complete games and a 2.77 ERA. He led the league in innings pitched with 325, wins, games started, and complete games.

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.

**I am available to explain all jokes, easter eggs, references, sub-references, and allusions. Please apply to the management.