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Welcome to today’s episode of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, steeped in writers’ tears, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor.

Most days, I get through with the help of coffee, cannabis, and cussing. Today is unlikely to be an exception, holiday eve or no. I’m a writer (I am in 24 books). Even if I had a day off, I’d be sitting around thinking story and shouting at the TV (my hobby).

It won’t be too much trouble to find things to holler at — the Bears are playing the Cardinals, on a station where I actually get the signal. The Justin Fields watch continues. Hopefully they won’t be playing the blues in Chicago in 2024, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the postseason will wave as it goes by. The Hawks played the Blues in St Louis, that plastic-wrapped burial ground, and I got considerable invective going.

But perhaps not quite as much as I will when Cody Bellinger signs with Toronto and Matt Chapman is a Giant and everybody else signs with the Dodgers for deferred money and the Dodgers just go ahead and start their own league.

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Happy Holidaze from me and mine to you and yours. Dahoo dahoo dahoo doray.

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