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Don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see Ian Happ attempt to disprove the end of last season, potentially, and also to see young Brennen Davis play a few innings with the big club. I have expectations, like Jason Heyward does. Certainly you do, too.

I’m looking forward to Adbert Alzolay in the rotation and the renascent Jake Arrieta, and I’m doing my damnedest to keep things at that level as long as I can, but we proceed in awareness that Kevin Mather’s views are not unique or even unusual among the people who own and run sports teams.

This means that any compromise is the devil’s bargain, Joni Mitchell. How long can that lead zeppelin stay aloft? Only time will tell. For now, we are golden, earth creature.

Here’s Cub Tracks News and Notes, the only listicle you’ll need. 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. In the text body. It doesn’t work in the headlines.)

“I think that it’s a good thing that the fans can see some of the underbelly of the game and some of the issues that we have, especially leading into the end of this year and into a bargaining cycle. It’s unfortunate that that is how a number of people think on the other side and in and around baseball. I don’t think that that’s an isolated incident, and I think that it’s very important that people understand that. I hope that both sides can work together to improve that because the system allows for it.” — Ian Happ.

“Not everybody got to get the work that that Brennen did last year in South Bend. So, everybody’s in a different place, and it’s nice when you get to come into this type of environment, see MVPs, Gold Glovers, Silver sluggers, All-Stars all around the field and watch how they work and their routines. And you can learn a lot from that.” — David Ross

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