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Cub Tracks raises its spirits

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The latest in our long-running series of #Cubs-related news articles. This one held a seance, possibly with a side of Jeppson’s Malört. Best read by candlelight.

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Welcome to today’s episode of Cub Tracks news and notes™. Here we have material from current beat writers, bloggers, and the occasional in-house habitué, moonlighting. These pieces center around #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball.

“He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts” — Stephen King.

Thanks, big guy. Yeah, I see ghosts. The ghosts of what might have been, as former Cubs continue to parade across my screen. Spring training/postseason demon Joc Pedersen, for one. Had he hit a lick, he’d have been traded later, for more and better.

Dusty Baker insists on going to the postseason repeatedly, cheeky devil. I still don’t like him but the man gets it done unreasonably often.

Jorge Soler is still out and about as the Braves plunge ahead with their dubious chant, reveling in their ‘incorrectness’. That was a pretty productive trade though, so he’s not so mostly ghostly.

The others, closer to the Core™, are home now, awaiting their own free-agency fortunes as the postseason clanks to its fateful finish. At least it’s a complete season of baseball. But my mind still reels at how this past season unfurled.

Baseball is crazy. Off its rocker. Toys in the attic. Crazy, truly gone fishing. It drives me up a wall, year after year. I stay up late yelling at the tv (okay, that’s a hobby), miss assignments, obsess over lineups and matchups and rotations and arm barns and other bull$3&% and in general behave like a lovesick skunk over a kid’s game.

I can’t wait to do it again. Happy Hallowe’en.

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