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Face of the Philosophy: Schwarber’s (Not So) Hidden Strength

Kyle Schwarber led off the final inning of 2016 with an outlandish degree of confidence. He reportedly strode to the batter’s box, nonchalantly reassuring Mike Borzello, “Borzy, I’ve got this. Don’t worry. I’m locked in.” Naturally, he was right. It’s a special twenty-three-year-old who can bring that kind of self-assurance – and deliver – in […]

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Second City October: The Beauty of Belief, And Those Who’d Take It Away

Javier Baez, Most Valuable Player of the 2016 NLCS, has fourteen postseason hits for seven RBIs through Game One of the World Series. That’s better than Kris Bryant. It’s better than every other Cub. And it says nothing of his dazzling defense. Willson Contreras has knocked a cool .409 in his October attempts, which is […]

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Game 101: Cubs 3 White Sox 1

In dropping both games on the Southside this week, the Cubs sentenced themselves to their first non-victorious series of the second half. Despite a brightened outlook of late, the blow seemed to recall the gloom of that pre-break slump. After a satisfying win in game three, the Cubs needed this one, too, not merely to […]