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Baseball history unpacked, July 10

Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news

Happy birthday, Hawk!
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Real baseball is supposed to be coming very soon. Two weeks from today, in fact. In the meantime, the simCubs still ride high atop the NL Central standings and the leaderboards are liberally festooned with Cubs both young and old. You can see for yourself.

The Astros and Rays are fighting it out for the AL wild-card. Yankees, Indians, Angels are on top of their respective divisions. Braves, Cubs, Dodgers lead their divisions with the Nationals and Brewers slugging it out for the fourth spot.

Anthony Rizzo has relinquished the top spot in home runs, and Craig Kimbrel is one behind Giovanny Gallegos, but the simCubs are well-represented, both on the stat-boards and in the nominations for All-Star spots. Brandon Palmer will have some words about these matters in his interview, later today.

The simGames have increasing divergence from the ‘reality’ timeline as players who have been released continue to show up in these games and perform well. But then we have made trades and the minor leagues still operate in toto and are stocked with NPCs who don’t exist outside of the Cub Tracks continuum. And of course there are huge roaring crowds and my intranet antivirus works, so there’s no ‘roni.

I find it a pleasant diversion (especially given that I have never expected there to be any actual games this year, nor should there be). Your mileage may vary. In any event, the ageless Jon Lester (10-4, 3.14), who has been trying to go to eleven for quite a while now, faces Felix (not the King) Hernandez, (8-2, 3.33) as the 59-35 simBraves host the 64-29 simCubs. Al will have more about the game in the game post at 2:30 p.m. CT Tuesday. and then I’ll post the actual URL to the stream at 3 p.m. CT. Or you can catch the game at the BCB Media Center and also catch past games and game videos, if you want the full #simCubs experience.

... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review hand-picked scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history*.

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*We try to vet each item. Please let us know if an item is in error, especially if you have a source. A note: The history of baseball necessarily reflects certain political realities. My official view is centrist, regardless of my personal feelings or failings.

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