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“I believe in this group,” having fun out there, and other bullets

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“It’s made for a man, but it’s strong enough for a woman.”
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Love, that’s what it is. Love.

Javier Baez is special. I’ve been on the Javy train for a long time. Javy Javy’d a couple of times during the game, as he always does. It’d be a shame if we had never gotten to experience these moments. Gordon Wittenmyer has a very nice article below, on how Javy almost left baseball behind. “You’ve got to enjoy life,” he says at the end.

How you do that is up to you. Baseball and writing and guitar and weed are how I do it. YMMV. Those things helped me to ameliorate the pain of a very bad day when my year-old kitten died and a fibro flare reached 8 out of 10 and took away all of my spoons. I love me some Javy, and some Anthony Rizzo, and I regard Joe Maddon as a kindred spirit, a thoughtful iconoclast.

But enough about me. We’re all here to celebrate the men of October, or to argue about why they won’t get there. I have the feeling it’ll get better. Or perhaps I overate at the brunch buffet.

This is the Golden Age of Cubs baseball, after all. And, while it’s Sunday and the good stuff is kind of thin on the ground, there’s some quality work from our usual cast, in 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.

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading. Enjoy in moderation.