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It's Zoo Day at Wrigley and Cubs players are loving the animals

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It's Zoo Day at Wrigley and Cubs players are loving the animals

Jake Arrieta vs. Jon Lester to start the Wild Card game has been the debate for a while around Chicago.

But the real debate may now be: Arrieta or...Warren the Flamingo?

Joe Maddon is up to his crazy antics again.

[MORE: Kobayashi will eat a goat for the Cubs]

With the Cubs nearing a playoff berth, the North Siders' kooky manager continued his wild ways and hosted "Zoo Day" at Wrigley.

No, seriously.

Check out these photos:

Warren is at Maddon's press conference?

 

Rizzo with sloths and snow leopards??

 

Apparently that's a civet on Travis Wood

 

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better at Wrigley... 

Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

For the first time in almost two weeks, the Cubs offense started to look more like the team we know they can be in Wednesday afternoon's victory over the Brewers. But when will the starting rotation follow? Kyle Hendricks pitched better than his stat line once again, but it's getting late in the season to continue to use that rationale for any Cubs starter.

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs-Brewers series and Kelly sits down with David Bote for a 1-on-1 chat about his whirlwind week. Leila Rahimi also catches up with MLB Network's Dan Plesac to get his thoughts on Javy Báez's place in the NL MVP race, how the Central division is shaping up and X-factors for the Cubs and Brewers down the stretch.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

Phil Rogers, Jim Litke and Harry Teinowitz join Kap on the panel. Joe Maddon tweaks the lineup and the Cubs offense explodes to beat the Brewers. Is Milwaukee still the Cubs’ biggest threat in the Central? And is Javy Baez still the Cubs’ MVP?

Plus Roquan Smith puts on the pads to practice but will he have them on in Week 1 at Lambeau?  

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: