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Wouldn’t it make more sense if the neighborhood names were added later, to add marketing opportunities for the City Connect gimmick? Wouldn’t that rep the various communities more effectively? Instead of on the jacket sleeves? I don’t think they thought that through. I have more ideas — their people should talk to my people. In the meantime, they’re there if you’re in their target demo.

I approve of Ian Happ at second, hitting second. Maybe that puts some contact in his bat. He was an infielder for a long time. He looks like an infielder. He sure looked good today.

I most heartily disapprove of MLB’s regional viewing zones and wrote them again to express my feelings. They assigned me a case number. I did ask for money back for every day I cannot watch because they are idiots.

In short, the game: The Cubs played the Padres. Jake Arrieta trying to sort himself out vs. Yu Darvish, late of the Chicago Cubs. The narrative is inescapable. Both pitchers performed well. Runs were at a premium.

The Cubs prevailed on late runs. A double-play provided the lead and Sergio Alcantara, the insurance. The bullpen held.

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