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Those of you who have followed me since my Big League Stew days know that one of the site's highlights was David Brown's "Answer Man" interviews with the biggest stars in baseball.
DB is one of the best interviewers I've ever read and when he came aboard here, I knew we had to get his Q&A's up and running again.
So today's issue contains a great session with legendary NFL referee Jerry Markbreit, a Chicago native who was directly involved in one of the most infamous plays in Bears history. All of the Jim McMahon and Charles Martin stuff is there, but there's so much more. I think you'll enjoy it.
News and results
The Bulls are fielding calls on Lauri Markkanen. Which should make the run up to Thursday afternoon's NBA trade deadline an interesting one. Markkanen has cooled off recently and is set to become a RFA at the end of the season. It'll be interesting to see what kind of value Arturas and Co. can get from a guy who might be out the door anyway come summer.
The Bears signed OL Elijah Wilkinson to a one-year deal. It's a depth move, but the 26-year-old started seven games for the Broncos in 2020.
Kyle Hendricks named Opening Day starter for second straight year. Fun fact: The Cubs have had eight different pitchers start the season since 2000 and all but one has started two ore more Opening Days. The lone exception? Jake Arrieta, the only Cy Young winner in the bunch.
Final: Hawks 3, Panthers 2
- The Hawks returned from their no-good, very-bad, horrible road trip and ended up playing a little taller. Patrick Kane assisted on two goals, Kevin Lankinen stopped 33 shots and the Hawks beat Florida for the first time in five tries this season.
- The Hawks still hold the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central with 35 points. Columbus is two back while Nashville is four. All three teams have played 33 games.
- Next: One more with the Panthers on Thursday before Nashville comes calling for a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader.
Final: Sox 3, Cubs 1
Two-getherness: Isn't it great when the Chicago teams play each other so we can have all of our Cactus League baseball in one place at the same time? For the Sox, left-hander Dallas Keuchel improved by comparison to his first spring outing, allowing one hit and striking out three over four scoreless innings. Right-hander Jake Arrieta was strong for the Cubs, allowing a run, five hits and no walks to go with three strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.
- Codi Heuer continued to dominate in relief for the Sox, striking out three while allowing a triple to Nico Hoerner in a scoreless inning. Heuer has 13 strikeouts, no walks and four hits allowed in eight innings.
- Yoan Moncada hit his sixth double. ... Luis Robert stole his fifth base. ... Hoerner went 2 for 3 with an RBI and is batting .355 with a 1.025 OPS. He also stole his third base.
- After starting their spring schedule with one win in their first 11 games, the Sox improved their record to 8-10. The Cubs fell to 12-7, dropping their second straight after five wins in a row.
Next: The Sox host Oakland. Left-hander Sean Manaea faces Sox right-hander Lance Lynn. The Cubs visit Mariners camp, Cubs right-hander Zach Davies faces righty Justin Dunn.
How many days until Opening Day?
- Steve Greenberg writes that Porter Moser is entering Brad Stevens territory with Loyola's latest run. Sun-Times
- Rob Schaefer grades seven Bulls trade ideas ahead of the trade deadline. NBC Sports Chicago
- The attendance policies for all 30 MLB teams. The Athletic
- George Ofman released an interview with Mark Giangreco that predates his departure from ABC, but it's a good listen for Chicago sports media junkies anyway. Tell Me A Story I Don't Know
- Reviewing the new Marvel exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. Looks like an Instagram dream. Third Coast Review
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