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Cub Tracks finds new wrinkles

Whole lotta tweeting going on, Folden holding the cards, giving a Whit, and other bullets

Chicago Cubs Players Pierce & Bresnahan With Bear Cub
Clark’s early days
Photo by Chicago History Museum/Getty Images

I am iron, man, and boy am I steamed. Ba dum tss!

But seriously, folks... each free agent signing kinks the prevailing narrative in so many directions that Ray Davies would have trouble keeping track. Our favorite scribes, scriveners, soothsayers, and pundits try to smooth out the most protuberant perturbations before they proliferate and further pollute the collective semiconscious.

The zeitgeist is bound to be stuffed with gobbledygook. I love that tenderly, but then I am a fruitcake: Humble, lovable, and full of edibles. There’s no need to fear — The Cubs are underdogs again. Happy turkey week.

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.

Today in Cubs History:

  • 1948 - National League president Ford Frick steps in and pays $350 for funeral services, including the cost of a coffin, for the unclaimed body of Hack Wilson. The former slugger, who had died probably of alcohol abuse a few days earlier in a Baltimore hospital, is identified only as a white male.
  • 2007 - The Cubs re-sign 30-year-old free agent Kerry Wood to a one-year, $4.2 million deal which includes additional incentives for closing games.

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.