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Cubs, David Ross focusing on positives during 'strange' Fourth of July

Cubs, David Ross focusing on positives during 'strange' Fourth of July

For the second time since 1871 (1981) there will be no Major League Baseball games on the Fourth of July. As the league only begins to ramp up Summer Camp ahead of a late July start, Cubs manager David Ross may speak for how all fans feel on U.S. Independence Day without any baseball games being played.

“It’s strange, it’s definitely strange,” Ross told reporters on Saturday’s Zoom session. “You wake up and this is kind of one of those days, it just screams America's Pastime and it's a different, unique day.”

Baseball and the Fourth of July go hand-in-hand. What better way is there to celebrate U.S. Independence Day than watching America’s Pastime? And for a moment during MLB’s COVID-19 shutdown, it looked possible for the 2020 season to begin on the holiday.

Negotiations between the league and players union threw a wrench in that plan, and the season will instead begin on July 23 or 24. While fans and teams alike may feel a strange void today, Ross is trying to keep a positive outlook on Day 2 of Cubs workouts.

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The Cubs are playing their first intrasquad game on Saturday; Yu Darvish will take on Kyle Hendricks in a three-inning matchup. Ross said no Cubs suffered injuries during Friday's opening workout. 

“It’s gonna be a lot of fun,” Ross said. “It's a beautiful, nice, hot day here in Chicago, Fourth of July. Maybe the pitchers look really good; maybe some of the hitters go deep. 

“There’s a lot of positives we can pull from the backside of today, so I’m really focused on our group and getting our work in on a daily basis and the extra storylines outside of that are not really on my mind too much.”

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs dominance, baseball's future with Connor McKnight

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs dominance, baseball's future with Connor McKnight

The Cubs continue to win and win in dominating fashion but can they keep it up?

David Kaplan, Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer and Cubs beat writer Maddie Lee discuss the Cubs winning ways, and discuss a scenario where Cleveland star Francisco Lindor becomes a Cub. Later, Kap is joined by Connor McKnight, host of the "Baseball from Home Podcast" on the House of L Network as they discuss the future of baseball after the 60 game season.

(1:20) - Cubs dominate Cleveland

(12:40) - Can Francisco Lindor be a Cub in the future?

(21:30) - Connor McKnight joins the podcast

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(25:40) - The future of baseball and entertainment

(31:00) - Who will be the future stars of baseball

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Cubs' Twitter trolls Brewers, Christian Yelich after Yu Darvish's stellar start

Cubs' Twitter trolls Brewers, Christian Yelich after Yu Darvish's stellar start

The Cubs' Twitter account has been saving this one for nine months.

First, let us present you with this doozy of a tweet from the Cubs after Thursday's 4-2 win over Milwaukee.

If you recall, Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich went at Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish on Twitter last November. A since-deleted tweet from Yelich's account to Darvish read "nobody needs help facing you."

A video circulated in November that showed Darvish step off the rubber while Yelich was in the batter's box during a 2019 Cubs-Brewers game. Some suggested Darvish stepped off because Yelich's eyes moved, also suggesting Yelich was looking for signs stolen via technology.

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In response to the video, Darvish explained his actions from that game, clarifying he wasn't accusing Milwaukee of stealing signs.

Here we are nearly a year later, the Cubs' Twitter playing off Yelich's tweet after Darvish dominated Milwaukee. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, allowing a hit (a solo homer) and two walks while striking out 11.

If you're wondering, Yelich went 0-for-2 with a hit by pitch against Darvish on Thursday.

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