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Jose Quintero, Javy Javy’d, championship Russelling, and other bullets

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Javy hearts you
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Hey, Don Orsillo — it’s Jose Quintana, not Jose Quintero. Come ON, man. Nice radio voice but seriously, it’s not so hard. Keen-’Tahn-Uh. See?

That was some weird baseball. Javy Javy’d, and that’s the big story, at least if you sneak a peek below the line. That and HOT. It was hotter in Chicago than it was here for a while, and we ended up at 104F. Here’s some mood music, from Joliet’s dUg Pinnick and his old band:

All’s well that ends well, right? Recap here. Let’s dig in to that meatloaf and get ready for today’s third game with the Padres, who are getting better but look over their heads right now against a torrid Cubs squad. Here’s our band du jour, recorded a few years ago in London. Enjoy!

Welcome to Sunday. Grab you a cuppa joe and we’ll give you 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.

Joe Maddon said Friday and emphasized Saturday that he avoids overcoaching an instinctual player like Baez.

“The game is clamoring for baseball players that know how to play this game, and he’s one,” Maddon said. “He’s got the biggest hard drive, the most RAM — he’s got everything going on every day.

“He’s going to make some mistakes, like everybody does. But what he sees, and sees in advance, is like the best running back, the best point guard you’ve ever seen. It’s all of that. As a shortstop, that’s what he is.” — Phil Thompson.

Lee Smith said in our pre-HoF induction interview Fri. that opposing hitters “knew I had pinpoint control. If I threw a ball right on the corner, I could expand the strike zone a little bit, and you start doing that, you’re going to get borderline pitches, so you can let the hitter get himself out.” Smith said his repertoire was a two-seamer, a four-seamer and a slider. “I started throwing a forkball at the end, but it was really a cutter — and Harry Caray called it a slider, so I wasn’t going to argue with him.” Smith also said his customary slow walk in from the bullpen was calculated, to make hitters wait, think and guess at what first pitch they’d face. — William Weinbaum.

Food for thought: