Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

In the interests of a speedy recovery – I got kids to chase, and impending playoffs to attend – I found myself at the doctor this morning for a closer inspection of my ankle. Twisted it on Wednesday, started to feel pretty good by yesterday after resting/elevating/icing/crutches, woke up this morning and it felt worse than it did right after I hurt the dang thing. So, then, doctor time (where I wrote half these Bullets). There is no break, so that’s good. There also doesn’t appear to be any massive instability – which you’d associate with serious ruptures – or pain high up in the leg. So, it seems like it’s still a pretty run-of-the-mill ankle sprain, the pain of which today was probably because I pushed it too much yesterday – should have just put me on the DL right away. I’m back to resting it as much as I can, but it’s tricky because we have three kids, one of whom is a baby we just had last week! Timing is fun.

In theory, I can be back to something approximating normal within a week. Fingers crossed. Game one of the NLDS is in 13 days.

  • The Cubs honored retiring catcher David Ross at Wrigley Field yesterday before the win against the Cardinals, which included a ceremony, gifts, a video tribute, and hugs:

  • The Cubs also released the video tribute to Ross. I never thought I’d be in a position to get emotional about the send-off of a two-year Cubs back-up catcher, but Ross is obviously quite a bit more than that. Here’s the video, steady yourself:

  • One more Ross bit, as Anthony Rizzo walked up to the plate in his first at bat yesterday to Ross’s signature music, ‘Forever Young’:

  • Ross had no idea any of this was coming, by the way, and was expectedly emotional (ESPN,

  • Separate post coming on Jake Arrieta’s start yesterday, but it felt wrong not to have a Bullet here that just said “Hell yeah, Jake Arrieta.”
  • These guys are huge:

  • Seriously, look at Eloy Jimenez compared to Jorge Soler:

  • I can’t tell who Tim McCarver is knocking with this point – the Cubs? the younger generation of players? probably the latter – but at least it’s appropriately complimentary of Willson Contreras:

  • I can’t really speak to whether it’s a great get or not, but for the Bears fans among you, this signed Bears helmet is a lightning deal at Amazon starting at 12pm CT.
  • The Cubs and MLB are cracking down on unlicensed vendors/purveyors of apparel that they feel violates their trademarks. They’ve filed a federal lawsuit against an online retailer and several of the folks who sell merchandise around Wrigley Field. On the one hand, I’m sure folks don’t like seeing the big bad Cubs stepping on the little guys who are hustling, but, on the other hand, there has to be a line. People who sell stuff that LOOKS like Cubs merchandise are stealing from the Cubs if they haven’t secured a license. They are also creating an unfair playing field for folks like us at BN who try to sell our own designs that connect fans to baseball in a legal way that doesn’t step on the Cubs’ rights. We could sell a ton of shirts if we slapped the Cubs’ logo on it and Anthony Rizzo’s face … but that’s illegal and wrong.

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