POTD: Each State’s Favorite Baseball Team

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Now, it should not come as a surprise to any of you that the Cubs are the most popular team in Illinois. If you live here all you have to do is look around. It’s also not a shock to find that the Cubs are popular in Iowa and Indiana.

What caught me off guard was that the White Sox are so popular in Montana and South Dakota. Anybody have any clue as to why that is?

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POTD: Nice Catch

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What was more impressive than this man’s catch — which Dayan Viciedo couldn’t make — was the smooth transition he had with his wife afterward. He discreetly handed her the ball while she handed him another ball and he then threw that one back. While I think the throwing the ball back thing is stupid, I respect the hustle.

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The Mailbag: Sox Prospects Ain’t Gettin No Respect!

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Welcome to The Chicago Homer’s Mailbag. It runs once a week unless it doesn’t, and in it I answer questions from readers via Twitter or email. The questions can be about any damn thing you please, and there likely isn’t a question I won’t answer. There may be questions I can’t answer, but I’ll try.

If you’d like to submit a question for the next edition of the mailbag it’s pretty simple. Either ask the question on Twitter using the #AskTCH hashtag — as long as you use the hashtag I will see it — or send an email to TCHMailbag@gmail.com.

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The Cubs Have Lost All Faith In Themselves

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This was just tweeted by the Cubs, and normally that wouldn’t be a big deal, but the problem is the game isn’t over yet. The Cubs are about to hit in the bottom of the ninth trailing 4-0.

So apparently it’s not just players that forget how many outs there are sometimes.

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What The Cole Hamels Claim Means For Next Season

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News broke on Wednesday that the Cubs had put in a claim on Phillies starter Cole Hamels after Philadelphia put him on revocable waivers. Now, if the Cubs did put a claim in on Hamels, that doesn’t mean that Hamels will be in a Cubs uniform by the end of the week.

But whether or not the Cubs get Hamels is secondary in my mind. What stands out to me about this move is what it means for the Cubs in 2015.

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Javier Baez’s First Career Homer

Last night I was on a plane coming back from Florida, and while I was on that plane I missed the two greatest things to happen in Chicago baseball in history. One was Adam Dunn pitching for the White Sox, and the other was Javier Baez hitting his first career home run.

A game-winner at that.

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