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Video: The Cubs warmed up with a mime on Tuesday

Joe Posnanski examines why Cubs fans are wary of the preseason hype.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has come up with some weird ways to motivate his players. When he led the Rays, he brought in a penguin and cockatoo. With the Cubs, he’s brought in magicians and exotic animals.

On Tuesday, Cubs strength coach Tim Buss brought in a mime, with Maddon’s blessing, to lead warmups. ESPN’s Jesse Rogers captured the spectacle, which went exactly as you probably think it did.

This picture, from’s Carrie Muskat, shows the mime with spring instructor Kevin Youkilis.

Good times in Cubs camp.

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