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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.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.” — Albert Einstein.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.” — Calvin Coolidge.

It makes me crazy when people use the first phrase as THE definition of insanity. A drop of water falling on a rock in perpetuity will destroy the rock. Einstein’s principle is only relative to certain situations — sometimes purpose or strategy must be adjusted, but nothing takes the place of directed effort.

A lot of us believe that the Cubs need to adjust their strategy, but the brain-trust seems pretty hard-headed. What they have going doesn’t seem to be working despite the effort, and we await developments impatiently.

Patrick Wisdom is going to Triple A Iowa for rehab.

The Cubs took the field for the second game of a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday night. Drew Smyly (7-4, 3.35) opposed Aaron Nola (6-5, 4.38).

It didn’t work out for the best and the Phillies have captured the meatloaf. Jared Young made his presence known. Dansby Swanson also went deep in a losing cause.

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