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Cub Tracks’ life, the universe, and Nico Hoerner

He’s #2, he tries harder, deep thoughts in the disaster area, and other bullets

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MLB: Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres
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“In the beginning the Universe was created. This had made many people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.”

I’m trying hard to keep my perspective and remain positive. It wasn’t so long ago that possible post-season berths were a pipe dream. And yeah, this core has/had such promise yadda yadda but we all knew it wasn’t ideal lineup construction and it’s still very possible that Theo Epstein breaks up the band, as the waves and waves became ebb tide and the plate approach often looks out to sea for inspiration. They seem to have forgotten their towels.

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” — Douglas Adams

But hey! It was cool to watch Nico Hoerner, even though I had to listen to the Padres’ announcing crew. Mark Grant and his cohorts aren’t so bad but Len and JD they’re not. Hopefully Nico can be part of all tomorrow’s parties. I love how the crowd was chanting “MVP! MVP!” after his triple. By the sixth, it was “Nico! Nico!” He evidenced a velvet touch with the glove and a decent arm, along with his quiet but deadly bat.

And hey! Nicholas Castellanos is doing everything HE can to get to the postseason. I’m going to stay on solid ground for a while still. We are, after all, professionals. The ledge is always there. 19 games to go to the end of the regular season.

Don’t Panic.

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. I stayed up late to get only the best for you. 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. RUN AWAY! denotes approaching Vogons.

“The one thing that stands out about him (Hoerner),” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, “is a lot of confidence. I don’t mean that in a braggart way. He’s just a self-confident young man. From the moment I met him, he gave me the impression that he thought he belongs here, which I love.”

Food for thought:

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