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Chicago Cubs News: Baseball returns to it’s glory; Butler solid in Cubs win

Jul, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Matt Szczur (20) hits an RBI single during the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Jul, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Matt Szczur (20) hits an RBI single during the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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With the amazing win in Game 7, the Chicago Cubs had people excited about baseball. And the opening round of the World Baseball Classic has people talking as well. So is the game regaining its footing as America’s pastime?

It’s clear that the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series–and in dramatic fashion–sparked some new fans for the game of baseball. The NBA and NFL had supplanted baseball as the “popular sports”. Why do you think there’s such an effort to make the game more entertaining to the younger generations? But the Cubs World Series win coupled with a strong set of ratings for the World Baseball Classic makes you wonder..is baseball back?

Eddie Butler doesn’t appear to have a shot at a roster spot coming out of camp, but he’s moved up to the top of the depth chart. His four scoreless innings dropped his ERA to 2.70 this spring as he continues to turn heads. Matt Szczur drove in a run and the rookie Ian Happ stayed hot, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

Yasiel Puig got an early afternoon off after being tossed in the seventh inning of today’s game. After being rung up for the second time, Puig slammed his bat down in disgust–and was immediately tossed by umpire Tom Woodring. Maybe he was simply working on a reverse bat flip?

These and other stories you might have missed:

‘After World Series, WBC record viewers, is baseball back?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Butler impressive in 4-0 over the Dodgers’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Yasiel Puig ejected for slamming bat, arguing’ – MLB.com

‘ICYMI: Russell, Zobrist go back-to-back in loss’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Fernandez was operator of boat in fatal crash’ – ESPN

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