Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees: Trade Analysis, Best Twitter Reactions

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You knew this day was coming, for a very long time, Chicago Cubs fans. Still it hurts, very much so, to see an era come to an end. Team Captain, first baseman and forever club legend Anthony Rizzo is gone; meaning Bryzzo is no more.

Aside from his vaccine ignorance and the dangerous recklessness that disinformative stance inspires, it’s almost impossible to say anything bad about #44, who represented himself and the organization very well. He was dealt yesterday to the New York Yankees for minor leaguers right-handed pitcher Alexander Vizcaíno and outfielder Kevin Alcántara.

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2021 MLB Mock Draft Final Edition 7-11-21

The Major League Baseball Draft is July 11-13, being staged in conjunction with the All-Star Game in Colorado. Welcome to our final 2021 MLB mock draft.

Far as we know, we’re the only mom and pop shop, small business style site on the whole world wide web that does a mock draft for all four major sports. Here’s the links to the latest mocks for the NFL, NBA and NHL.

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Jake Arrieta, Eric Sogard and Other Chicago Cubs Who Must Go

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The red, white and blue (literally) Chicago Cubs saw their 2021 season completely turned on its head during the span of time in between two super patriotic American holidays. On Flag Dlay, June 14, they were 38-28 and tied with the Milwaukee Brewers atop the NL Central division.

A 4-11 June swoon, including a sweep at those aforementioned Brewers, now has them riding a six game losing streak and six games out of first place entering Fourth of July weekend. Happy Independence Day Cubs fans! In a span of just over a fortnight, the Cubs have gone from likely buyers at the trading deadline to almost certain sellers.

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Alec Mills Returns as Adbert Alzolay Injury Forces Cubs to Shuffle Pitching Roster

Ahead of last night’s 7-1 win at the San Diego Padres, the Chicago Cubs placed starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay on the 10-day injured list (blister on the middle finger on his pitching hand) and recalled right-hander Kohl Stewart from Triple-A Iowa.

They also activated Alec Mills off the 10-day IL, and sent right-handed pitcher Cory Abbott back down to the I-Cubs. Mills saw relief action last night, giving one hit, one run, it was earned, in an inning of relief work. He walked two and struck out two.

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2021 Cubs are Actually No Better or Worse than the 2020 Cubs

In the preseason, we saw plenty of Chicago Cubs season win projections in the 77-79 range. At the time, those seemed very legit. Then the season started, and the Cubs offense was very late to joining the rest of us here in the 2021 baseball season.

At that point, the Cubs were looking much more like a 70 win or thereabouts kind of team. Then they started winning a few here and there, then they claimed a couple series wins, and the season was unfolding in a manner akin to the plot of the timeless classic sports movie “Major League.”

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Javy Baez Tricks Pirates into Making the Dumbest Play Ever (Video)

Was this brilliance by the Chicago Cubs’ Javy Baez? Maybe, or perhaps it’s just total bone-headedness on the part of the Pittsburgh Pirates. “THERE WERE TWO OUTS!” is a top trending term on Twitter right now, because the social media world of baseball fans just cannot believe what they just watched.

You’ve heard of “manufacturing a run,” well, what El Mago did here is basically “grifting a run” or “conning your opponents out of a run. Watch after the jump:

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Talking Weed with Ryne Sandberg from a Dispensary (EXCLUSIVE)

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How strange is 2021? It’s weird enough that Chicago Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg, one of the greatest second basemen of all time, is now an endorser of cannabis products. The first ballot hall-of-famer is truly the genuine article, so when he’s a pitchman for a product or service, it’s something he authentically believes in.

Sandberg is as wholesome, clean-cut, All-American as it gets, and that has not changed with his now working for Verilife, a Chicago based company and division of Pharmacann. Sandberg made a public appearance at the Gold Coast dispensary on May 23rd, in which the store was running a 23% off sale in conjuction with the immortal #23’s appearance.

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Cubs Legend Ryne Sandberg Surprisingly Becomes Marijuana Pitchman

Move over former House Speaker John Boehner, because we have a new “OMG! This guy is working with a cannabis company” spokesman. Chicago Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg, one of the greatest second basemen of all time and a first ballot hall-of-famer, now pitches the good weed for Verilife, a Chicago based company that’s a division of Pharmacann.

At age 61, Ryno is getting into marijuana for the first time in his life. Not only is he investing in the company, but he also claims that he’s consuming the substance for the very first time in his life. It’s amazing what we’re seeing these days regarding the legalization of marijuana and the mainstreaming of pot culture.

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Javy Baez, Fernando Tatis an Inspiration to Illini SS Branden Comia

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Shortstop Branden Comia graces the cover of Illinois Fighting Illini baseball’s 2021 record book. He’s one of the team’s top Major League Baseball Draft prospects and an Orland Park, IL native. A Carl Sandburg High School graduate, he hails from hard core White Sox country.

Born and bred in Sox territory, he was and is a Chicago Cubs fan, as his father hailed from the north side of Chicago. Naturally, lots of rivalry banter ensued. “It definitely helped with the World Series (title in 2016), it finally gave some something to fire back with,” Comia said during our exclusive interview this week.

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Cubs Injury/Fitness Updates: Bryant, Baez, Arrieta, Hoerner, Happ

It’s the Chicago Cubs at the Cleveland Indians, on a Wednesday, just like one specific game in the annals of baseball history that you might have once heard about. The Cubs have a long list of injury and fitness concerns for this game, but there is some good news, to go along with the bad.

There is a lot to get to, so let’s just dive right in with Javier Baez, who is back in the lineup today at shortsop and hitting fourth. Baez missed the last two games with tightness in his back.

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Stats Show Cubs are Much Worse than their Record Indicates

The Chicago Cubs are back to being the Cubes. Legendary former NFL Coach Bill Parcells is now synonymous with the phrase “you are your record,” and yes, indeed that is always true. But the record doesn’t tell the whole story sometimes, and in the case of the Cubs, not really at all.

If there is one theme to the season so far, it’s “the wheels have come off now, here in inning XYZ.” They’re 4-6, which sounds mediocre, but mediocrity is actually a level that’s far above where they reside right now.

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Cubs Detail COVID Safety Protocols at the Ballpark this Season

Are you ready to return to the Friendly Confines, Chicago Cubs fans? If so, you better stay safe, wear a mask and keep your social distancing up. Tomorrow is opening day at Wrigley Field, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and weather wise, it’s going to be a character builder.

The forecast calls for an air temperature of right about freezing (33 degrees F) around the time of first pitch. If you’re getting up early to “pregame,” you’ll “tailgate” in temps that hover around the mid to high 20s, so bundle up! It’s going to be nasty.

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