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Cubs magician Simon Winthrop: It was 'high energy and fun'

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Cubs magician Simon Winthrop: It was 'high energy and fun'

Simon Winthrop isn't sure if his impromptu magic performance in the Cubs' locker room before Tuesday's victory was his doing, but he's sure enjoying it.

The magician joined Kap & Haugh Thursday to discuss how he was chosen to perform for the Cubs, gave some insight into the tricks he performed and shared some fun anecdotes about the other celebrities he's done his magic in front of.

[RELATED: Jon Lester buying into Joe Maddon's magical gimmicks]

The Morton Grove, Ill., native described the Cubs locker room as "15-20 minutes of high energy and fun," and said his favorite part of the evening was seeing the Cubs earn a 1-0 victory.

"When Maddon and the team won the game, that was it for me," he said. "They invited me, they got me amazing seats and I saw the score and I was like, 'That's it.' And I was super, super happy."

Listen to the full interview in the video above.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.