Cubs Giving Out Tickets, Series Lineups, Bote's Body, and Other Bullets

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Cubs Giving Out Tickets, Series Lineups, Bote’s Body, and Other Bullets

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The Little Boy got his yellow belt in Taekwondo last night, and it’s one of those cliche times when a parent really does feel proud as hell of their kiddo. More importantly, he was so proud of himself, which was enough to fill up my joy tank for a solid week.

  • Wear your Cubs gear around town today. Might score you some free tickets:

  • A little more clarity from Joe Maddon on his “series lineup” comments that we talked about in the Bullets yesterday. This makes more sense:

  • So there you go. It’s a pretty small change, and one designed primarily to be about communication with players (and giving them earlier heads ups), not designed to fundamentally change the way guys are deployed.
  • Gotta love the desire on this young man – couldn’t work his body for a while, so he worked his mind:

  • David the Tank? He says he actually didn’t really pack on much more than a few pounds of muscle this offseason, and instead, the reason he looks so beefy is because his posture is fundamentally changed – thanks to a recommendation from Cole Hamels. More on that kind of unique, veteran clubhouse leadership (some of which is what the Cubs were paying handsomely for):

  • More on the Bote part of that here at the Tribune. The improved posture and flexibility is part of the reason the Cubs are more open to looking at Bote as a back-up at shortstop in the first month of the year while Addison Russell is suspended under the domestic violence policy.
  • At little PECOTA sparring:

  • I did some googling, and I think it looks like Epstein was using initial PECOTA projections (which were under the Cubs by 36 wins over the past four years), rather than the final ones before the season began. Unless the Cubs are going to make another significant addition from here, though, their current PECOTA projection – 79 wins – is the one that’s going to be the “prove it” number for this season.
  • MacBooks and car jumpstarters are among your Deals of the Day at Amazon today.
  • This strikes me as a smart investment with legalized sports gambling having the potential to open up across the country in the coming years:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.