Yeah it's true.
After the dumb snail race to greed-peace between owners and players, actual Cubs will be working out at Wrigley Field today.
It's really happening.
Today we'll start seeing tweets and pics and video of some of our best Friends of Summer, except for José Quintana.
He's already claimed the Brandon Morrow Pants prize by cutting his thumb while washing dishes.
While I'm not 100% sure that I believe that story, what I can't deny is this sentence: "The procedure identified a lacerated digital sensory nerve in his left thumb, which was surgically repaired."
He had microscopic surgery. Sometimes feeling comes back to a nerve quickly, and sometimes not.
Given that this season's supposed to be a sprint and every team is talking about the importance of a fast start... this isn't good.
Yu Darvish, Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, Tyler Chatwood, and Alec Mills.
That'll be the Cubs' starting five, at least for now.
And I CANNOT WAIT to turn on my little Panasonic transistor by my grill on July... 23rd?
Okay, that said... here's where my head is at right now:
I haven't seen this anywhere yet, but surely if/when this season gets off the ground, there'll be an addition to the "players" section at MLB.com.
Ordinarily, there you can find transactions, stats on any player, probable starters... but this year there'll be a list of players who have caught the virus, or players in quarantine.
Yeah, EVERYBODY who's important enough to get close to the teams will be closely monitored, but if that player's quarantine list gets too big...
I don't know.
There have been people way smarter than me plotting the way for baseball to be played this year, it's just that I can't help feeling like something will come up, maybe something no one's thought about yet, that could dash the whole thing.
To be clear, I am THRILLED BEYOND BELIEF THAT BASEBALL IS BACK.
But I can't help feeling like Lucy's holding that football and telling me to kick.
Time will ease that anxiety, so please don't let my baseball insecurities ruin your day.
Think positive, I promise to try and do the same, and in a couple weeks we'll hopefully be watching baseball on tv or listening on transistors, and we'll be that much closer to feeling normal.
Here's a couple other things I've done recently:
I walk every day. This is a story of one of those walks:
Here's a painting, for no reason whatsoever, of Baron Von Raschke and his lethal "Iron Claw" - one of the wrestlers I remember from when I was a kid.
And someone commissioned me to do this Ron Santo painting:
Okay, have a happy 4th of July.
And today be sure to check whatever your method of keeping in touch with the outside world is... and look for Cubs.
I didn't think I'd get to type those words this year.
Or these two: