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Yesterday Rick Morrissey was all like CUBS NEED TO PANIC NOW. I dunno – I couldn’t help but be reminded of a Chris DeLuca column from last week, which I thought was a pretty compelling breakdown of what’s gone wrong for the Cubs this year – their tinkering in the wake of last year’s playoffs wrecked their lineup and chemistry. His theory that the absence of Henry Blanco is what’s eating Geovany Soto is also compelling, though I’m ignorant of the situation.

And as a Cardinals fan and taxpayer, I can’t help but feel a little schadenfreude at the idea that Sam Zell set $150m on fire – or about 18% of the final price – with his stupid, failed plan to put us on the hook for part of the deal. And this, from Joravsky’s piece, makes it all the more entertaining: