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World Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Two Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

I’m not watching the World Series. I’ve already moved on to post-baseball activities. MLB.TV charged me for another month despite my canceling the service. They refunded my money after a series of emails but still, the principle. I don’t want to give MLB or any major sport any money at this particular time.

And I know it is small and mean to want people’s heads to explode like scanners, so I won’t even talk about Rob Manfred or any other expensive marionettes.

The beat writers are still on vacation, most of them. Bear with us, dear readers. Please remember that we do not necessarily endorse the points of view espoused in the articles below.

Here at Cub Tracks News and Notes, we are winding up the fifth year of the reign under Duane (and closing in on the eighth anniversary overall) and also it’s almost my birthday. I’m not super-sentimental about such things but that’s an anniversary, too. 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 on this page as sarcasm font. (In the comments section, use @ before and after your remarks @ to produce sarcasm font.)

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