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Cub Tracks rounds off

Real change, the usual suspects, cosmic spiderweb, and other bullets

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Schwarber goes yard
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This October is shaping up to be perfectly horrorshow and I’m learning to make peace with it. There’s no postseason use for my preferred laundry and my ‘W’ flags (18 of them) repose in their cardboard coffin. Perhaps it is significant that I bought a black Cubs hat this year, and curtailed the eating of Chicagoan food like Italian beefs and deep-dish pizza on game days. Perhaps not. I may have simply run out of intestinal fortitude. Perhaps there is benefit to stochasticism after all. I’ve always thought so, but then baseball, after all, is a random variable.

Things don’t run the way we planned ‘em. Hopefully the Red Reign over the NL Central is short. I’m still a little ‘stitious and I started reading the tea leaves to find out, but they dried and I smoked them and went for entrails instead. Autocorrect made me wind up with chemtrails, which are hard to read.

Often, while watching games this past season, I felt like Alex de Large, with my eyelids propped open, waiting for the train to run completely off the rails. It feels like there’s a chapter missing, o my droogies, and many appy polly oggies for detaining you with so many arty allusions. I’m a loser, baby. But I’m in the best shape of my life — round.

Speaking of round, nothing else is likely to happen before free agency... but there’s a manager carousel going on. 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.

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Thanks for reading. And hey! A book I have a story in was presented to Svengoolie yesterday. It’s called Spooky Berwyn: Creepy Tales from the Chicago Suburbs and is available for your purchase.