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Cubs' minor league music guy ejected from game

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Cubs' minor league music guy ejected from game

File this under signs of the apocalypse: The music coordinator for the Daytona Cubs was ejected from the game Wednesday night.

Seriously.

Derek Dye played "Three Blind Mice" after a controversial call and home-plate umpire Mario Seneca threw Dye out of the game.

Daytona, the Cubs' high-A affiliate, responded with a Facebook message, and Deadspin now has video up on the craziness.

The video shows Seneca turn around a few seconds into the song and eject Dye just like he's a player or coach on the field. Then you can hear him say "turn the sound off the rest of the night."

The announcers' reactions are priceless.

I didn't know an umpire had that much control on the field, but Dye didn't take it personally.

In fact, he actually displayed some witty humor on his twitter account after the fact, tweeting out such messages as "Get ejected from a professional baseball game. Check." and "ThatAwkwardMoment when the Umpire who tossed me tonight is umpiring tomorrow's game." and the best one yet: "If nothing else, I have a new pick-up line... 'Hey, my name's Derek and I've been ejected from a pro baseball game.' It's bulletbroof.

Classic.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

Spring training baseball games are up around the bend, but before boys of summer get into organized action, two of the team’s new coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey sit down with Kelly Crull.

Plus, Vinnie Duber joins Kelly to discuss these baseball conversations including the memorable first words of Kyle Schwarber to Chili Davis, “I don’t suck!"

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Bastian Schweinsteiger finally sees the field in Fire preseason

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Bastian Schweinsteiger finally sees the field in Fire preseason

Coach Veljko Paunovic still went with a second-choice lineup to start the Fire's preseason match against USL expansion team Nashville SC on Wednesday, but the second half featured the first preseason action for Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger came on for the second half, along with Nemanja Nikolic, Johan Kappelhof and a few other Fire regulars. The German sat out the first four preseason games, but looked sharp in his 45 minutes.

One of the highlights was this smooth move between two defenders:

Schweinsteiger also had an impressive switch pass to set up a shot for second-round pick Diego Campos in the final minutes of the game. Campos drilled the shot on target, but was unable to beat the goalkeeper.

The team did not say Schweinsteiger was injured despite the repeated absences in matches. The Fire have dealt with injuries to Matt Polster, Luis Solignac, Daniel Johnson and rookie Grant Lillard this preseason. None of those four, along with Dax McCarty, played in the 0-0 draw.

The Fire next play Saturday at Orlando in a final match in Florida before returning to Chicago. The Fire also play Tulsa, the team's USL affiliate, at Toyota Park on March 3 before taking on Sporting Kansas City in the season opener on March 10.