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I was going to offer this as a salve to the horrible, horrible loss yesterday, but Tom Ricketts’ announcement that the Cubs are going to move forward with the Wrigley renovation with or without a deal with the rooftops probably already did that for you.

So, I guess you’ll just have to enjoy Javier Baez and Kris Bryant each going deep last night for your own reasons. I’m sure you’ll find a way.

Bryant’s homer was an opposite field laser that just barely gets out, though it was going for extra bases either way. His power is so effortless:

Baez’s homer was of the more traditional pulled-huge-bomb variety, but I love watching the pitcher’s reaction. He missed his spot badly, and he knows immediately that he’s not getting away with the mistake:

It’s also interesting to see, and Luke pointed this out this morning as well, that Baez has significantly quieted his bat pre-pitch. It now rests on his shoulder (not unlike Bryant, actually), before he loads up, adds in just a little waggle, and unleashes. It’s not nearly as noisy and violent a process as it once was, and there’s clearly some adjusting going on. Baez did strike out in each of his other three at bats last night, but who’s counting?

(#BaezAfterDark)

Marco Hernandez, Wes Darvill, Arismendy Alcantara, and Christian Villanueva (twice) all went deep yesterday, too. So that’s neat.

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