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MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
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At least they won a game...but, unfortunately, the end of this season is reminding me of another famous Steve Goodman song. No, not The City of New Orleans...you know the one I mean. Unfortunately, as warm and fuzzy as the memories are, that’s what the WGN years mean to me. A LOT of losing. Yeah, that one.

I mean, the Cubs got swept by the doormats of the NL Central before tonight’s contest. I love that the players haven’t given up (counter to the prevailing narrative — there are jobs on the line, at the very least, and these are some of the most competitive human beings on the planet) — most of the games are close, even during the skein of losses. But you know they’re steering for shallow waters as the good ship Cub eases into port for the winter after this brief set-to against their ‘arch’ enemies, with two more games left on the schedule.

There’s hope for the future. There always is. But first we need to get through the present. 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.

“I don’t anticipate us having any real big changes on the downside to our baseball spending going forward because of the network,” Crane Kenney.

“I’m not going to play hurt people. I’m not going to pitch guys that are over limits, based on what’s best for the Cubs, ever. So, the conclusion of my commentary yesterday was pretty much, ‘Understand these guys are hurt, so if you want to try to complain, go ahead and do that.’” — Joe Maddon

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.