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That was a lot of people in the booth. But Ryne Sandberg was actually pretty funny and informative and Boog and JD leave a lot of space — their broadcast is very spare. I appreciate that they’re so pro. Boog wasn’t my first choice but he does good work. I’m sorry, but I don’t miss Len Kasper so much. I am looking forward to Pat Hughes doing the job today, though. Was that a bathrobe Taylor was wearing? Looked comfy, if a little fluffy.

Nico Hoerner doesn’t want to go back down, it looks like. Hoerner said he was “surprised” when he was sent down at the end of Cubs camp. I’m on Nico’s side. I think he’s just a sparkplug kinda guy.

I don’t hate any of the alternatives though, so it’s just a matter of degree.

In the game, Adbert Alzolay looked great, but his time on the mound was limited. I guess the next step will be letting him work through a jam.

He could hardly have done worse — Rex Brothers ‘overcooked’ his slider and let the Brewers tie the game.

How did it turn out? Let’s just say that it got interesting.

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If we can lay out the doomsday scenarios when the team looks awful in April, then we also must acknowledge the possibility that the most successful era of Cubs baseball in our lifetime doesn’t have to end in July. — Patrick Mooney

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