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The latest episode in our long-running series of #Cubs-related news articles. This one probably has too many words. I’m not sorry.

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

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The Cubs tried to extend their winning streak on Wednesday night, with Drew Smyly on the hill, opposing the Pittsburgh Pirates and Wil Crowe. The game was streamed on YouTube, which I think is kind of cool (understating things a fair bit) and has lots of implications and possibilities, most of which project as positive. A userbase in the billions, who wouldn’t want access to that with a product that already has proven value? It’s potentially revolutionary. I don’t think MLB understands what they have here.

“It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to paint it.” — Stephen Wright.

I’ll be back to radio days for the next series and will have to imagine my own pictures. Maybe I can channel Jeffty and get the old commercials, too.

Anyway, crafty veteran Smyly lobbed his knuckle-curve, cutter-ish four-seamer and dinky sinker mostly for low-in-the-zone strikes early. The announcing duo (Scott Braun and Yonder Alonso) was not embarrassing, but the interviews dragged a tad and were more than a little obtrusive.

The picture was beautiful, in HD on both YouTube and YouTube TV, with 5.1 surround operating (I did see people complaining on Twitter that it was dark). I felt like I was in the ballpark when Pittsburgh-area native Ian Happ broke the ice with a long drive to left-center on a pitch up and on the outer third. The Cubs weren’t exactly fooled by Crowe’s offerings, even if they didn’t leave the yard with regularity, and I voted for John Candelaria, too.

A bad pitch choice to Daniel (trade me for Mike Trout) Vogelbach opened the gates for a two-run uprising, but the Cubs were able to pull even. Smyly tired early. Local product Jack Suwinski homered for a Pirate lead. Good game. Not a bad broadcast. I’d do it again. Hell, I wish the next four games were on YouTube, then I could see ‘em.

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