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Wonder Women, real baseball, Yu and you, Lester starts Monday, and other topics of conversation with which to while away a Sunday

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Welcome back, my friends, to the Kris Bryant show...may it be the show that never ends.

Last night METV showed the episode where Wonder Woman shows up in the ER (season 3 ep 10). If the showrunners had any sense, they woulda had Cathy Lee Crosby play the guest role. If you get that, congratulations, you’re officially just as obsolete as I am. Aaaand then there’s Joan Crawford’s Strait-Jacket, from my favorite director...

But hey, there was actual baseball today! Let’s talk about that before I get sidetracked. The mix ‘n’ match Cubs downed the Brewers in the first organized intersquad activity of the spring, in a radio-only contest. Bryant went deep in his first at-bat. The first televised game, according to Al’s handy-dandy schedule, is Monday. Looking forward to that.

And so, live, from the Berwyn in my mind, 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).

RIP Nick Cafardo and Brody Stevens.

Before fielding any questions on Saturday morning, Joe Maddon took a moment to offer his condolences to the family and friends of long-time Boston Globe reporter Nick Cafardo and comedian Brody Stevens, both of whom died earlier this week. Stevens’ death in particular hit Cubs camp hard, as he was a lifelong friend of Mike Borzello (associate pitching, catching and strategy coach) and has spent a lot of time around the team over the years.

”I really want to extend my sympathies to Nick Cafardo’s family,” Maddon said. “I did know Nick pretty well when I was working over in the AL East. Great guy. He was very kind to me always. I know his reputation is stellar. He’s going to be missed. It’s really awful the way that all happened. ... And, of course, our friend Brody.”

The Cubs had been anticipating Stevens coming to Spring Training next week.

”That one’s really difficult to wrap our minds around,” Maddon said. “He’s always been a fixture during Spring Training. He played ball at Arizona State. Everyone talks about how funny he was, but he was just a nice, nice man. Great heart. Kind heart. And we’re really going to miss the conversations. So, we want to extend our sympathies to his family as well.” - Jordan Bastian.

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