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Joel Murray: 'It's an exciting time to be a Cubs fan'

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Joel Murray: 'It's an exciting time to be a Cubs fan'

Chicago area native Joel Murray knows the roar is back on the North Side, and he's happy to be a part of it.

"It's an exciting time to be a Cubs fan," Murray said at Thursday night's Hot Stove Cool Music event benefiting the Foundation To Be Named Later, the Family Foundation of Theo Epstein. "And a Cardinal hater."

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The Mad Men star has developed a friendship with Epstein, and Murray enjoys getting some knowledge from him.

"Part of the fun about this, too, is to get to hang with Theo and actually say, 'Soler is good though, right? He's gonna be really good, right?'" Murray said. "You get that feedback that you need as a fan who's had their heart broken many times."

See what else Murray had to say in the video above, and check out his recent appearances on That Sports Thing here.

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: