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Cub Tracks beats you with funk

Cub Tracks beats you with funk

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ #Cubs and #MLB news for you. Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. We don’t always, but we like to. The Cubs won pretty Tuesday night behind Jake Arrieta and hoped to do more of the same Wednesday with Zach Davies on the mound and a right-hand-heavy lineup against the Mets and David Peterson, a man-mountain from Aurora, CO. Play ball!#CubTogether pic.twitter.com/qS7aj6hqIu— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 21, 2021 Things started out slowly but things got weird in...
Apr 21, 2021
Baseball history unpacked, April 21

Baseball history unpacked, April 21

Happy birthday, Joc Pederson! | Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Snapshots from the big picture of Cubs and MLB history. ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select snapshots from the big picture of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. Today in baseball history: 1887 - Joe McCarthy is born in Philadelphia. McCarthy will become the first manager to win pennants with both National and American League teams, and will win...
Apr 20, 2021
Cub Tracks sees stars

Cub Tracks sees stars

Photo by Howard Bond/Stsci/NASA/The LIFE Picture Collection via #Cubs and #MLB news for you. Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. We don’t always, but we like to. The Cubs have now managed to lose three consecutive series and haven’t looked particularly good during that period, except for a game here and there, and there are people out jostling for elbow room on the ledge. A person could hardly be blamed for supposing that Saturday’s game was an aberration, given the silent bat treatment...
Apr 19, 2021
Baseball history unpacked, April 19

Baseball history unpacked, April 19

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ Snapshots from the big picture of Cubs and MLB history. ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select snapshots from the big picture of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. Today in baseball history: 1890 - The Brooklyn Bridegrooms, who will later be known as the Dodgers, play their first National League game. At South End Grounds, the former American Association club loses to the host...
Apr 18, 2021
Cub Tracks’ It’s a MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD world and I’m not worried

Cub Tracks’ It’s a MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD world and I’m not worried

Photo by David Banks/ #Cubs and #MLB news for you. Nothing is set in stone but these Cubs may have turned the corner. May have. Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. We don’t always, but we like to. Don’t worry about us. Until you have to worry about us. #CubTogether pic.twitter.com/cnvV89X6RN— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 17, 2021 As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). {$} means paywall. {$} means limited...
Apr 17, 2021
Cub Tracks’ fission chips

Cub Tracks’ fission chips

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ #Cubs and #MLB news for you. 5-2. Pederson SO w/bags jammed. Ouch. At press time, the Cubs’ best starter is still doing the limbo, the team can’t hit a lick, and good teams are arriving. Their backs are against the wall — maybe this is how they like it? The Cubs need to show some signs of life soon, instead of floundering. There is water at the bottom of the ocean. Was 2016 once in a lifetime? If they fail, will we start to see sell-by dates? Or is the time now? C’mon, throwing in the towel is perfectly in tune with the occasion. 42,...
Apr 16, 2021
Baseball history unpacked, April 16

Baseball history unpacked, April 16

Snapshots from the big picture of Cubs and MLB history. ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select snapshots from the big picture of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. Today in baseball history: 1895 - The name Detroit Creams, inspired by owner George Vanderbeck who boasted the Western League team would be the “cream of the league,” lasts only a season. The club becomes known as the Tigers after Detroit...
Apr 15, 2021
Cub Tracks’ lede’s off

Cub Tracks’ lede’s off

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports #Cubs and #MLB news for you. I’m not going to dance around the truth — each run scored felt like a touchdown. These are tough times, Cub fans. I see lots of you out on that ledge already, doing the can’t look away conga. The McAndrew line™ looms. Everybody limbo. Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. We don’t always, but we like to. Sometimes a picture is a thousand words. Sometimes the caption speaks louder than a thousand words. Bury the lead....
Apr 14, 2021
Baseball history unpacked, April 14

Baseball history unpacked, April 14

Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports Snapshots from the big picture of Cubs and MLB history. ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select snapshots from the big picture of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. Today in baseball history: 1910 - William Howard Taft becomes the first U.S. President to throw out a ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. Attending the game in Washington, D.C., President Taft tosses the...
Apr 13, 2021
Cub Tracks describes the elephant

Cub Tracks describes the elephant

#Cubs and #MLB news for you. Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. We don’t always, but we like to. To make a long story short, as I’m not being paid by the word, Cub Tracks agrees with the common conception that the Cubs “are just not that good”. They’re probably good enough to make the postseason (briefly) if 85-87 wins gets them in, as said in the BCB Roundtable. But this team doesn’t have the horses to match up with the better clubs in the NL East and West. They’re still the Cubs,...
Apr 12, 2021
Baseball history unpacked, April 12

Baseball history unpacked, April 12

Snapshots from the big picture of Cubs and MLB history. ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select snapshots from the big picture of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. Today in baseball history: 1906 - Johnny Bates of the Boston Beaneaters becomes the first modern player to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, when he connects in the 2nd inning against Brooklyn Superbas pitcher Harry McIntire. Pitcher Irv...
Apr 11, 2021
Cub Tracks is a little off

Cub Tracks is a little off

Photo by Joe Sargent/ #Cubs and #MLB news just for you. Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. We don’t always, but we like to. Play ball!#CubTogether pic.twitter.com/5G3NwU0mwH— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 10, 2021 Narratives emerge over time. Today’s plot includes recent events concerning former Cubs Victor Caratini, who caught a Joe Musgrove no-hitter Friday, and Dexter Fowler, who emerged from a frightening situation involving a slide into second base with minimal injury. On the...
Apr 10, 2021
Cub Tracks spells relief

Cub Tracks spells relief

Photo by Joe Sargent/ #Cubs and #MLB news just for you. Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. Unless we feel a rant. But we don’t mind a little informing with the entertaining. No game Friday, which means Cub Tracks was up to our own devices, but we shan’t talk about those. None of them make waffles. There is a game today, though, and perhaps some of the links below can shed some light on or lend some perspective to one’s consumption of the sporting event. As always, * means autoplay on,...
Apr 9, 2021
Baseball history unpacked, April 9

Baseball history unpacked, April 9

Snapshots from the big picture of Chicago Cubs and MLB baseball history. ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select snapshots from the big picture of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. Today in baseball history: 1912 - In the first game ever played at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox defeat Harvard University in an exhibition game played in a snow storm. (3) 1947 - Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends...
Apr 8, 2021
Cub Tracks goes to extras

Cub Tracks goes to extras

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ #Cubs and #MLB news you can use. Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. Unless we feel a rant. But we don’t mind a little informing with the entertaining. And so we regret to inform you that Lorenzo Cain happened. Twice. The Cubs will have to take two out of three against the Brewers at Milwaukee next week in order to even up the season series. Final (10): Brewers 4, Cubs 2. pic.twitter.com/j10jQQetNl— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 7, 2021 They sure made it...

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