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Among trade deadline days, MLB is king

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Now that, my friends, was a trade deadline day.

Price, Lester, Cespedes … oh my.

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Sure:

The NFL has the market cornered on most everything else, but when it comes to trade deadline days, they can't touch the national pastime.

In that department, baseball still rules.

Cubs trade thought:

James Russell seems like a good guy and all, and man do I wish I had his hair, but ...

Maybe I didn't see enough of him to judge, but I swear every time he came into a game I happened to be watching, the cat always was giving up a key hit.

Soak in the scenes:

What a week it's been for baseball, huh?

It began with a big Chicago-centric weekend in Cooperstown, was followed by that heartwarming response to the announcement in L.A. that the incomparable Vin Scully would return for another year, and then gets capped off with a great day of deadline deals.

And now:

Back to the Bears and the NFL.

But first a random thought:

I like commercials with talking trees.

Knock on wood:

Speaking of trees, shouldn't it more correctly be Firey the Bear instead of Smokey the Bear?

And yeah, I know they got rid of the the in his name, but I still think it sounds better with it included.

Tweet of the month:

Popped in around noon on Thursday, and it was from jockey Channing Hill, the son-in-law of trainer Wayne Catalano.

It read: "Docs took Wayne's breathing tube out and took him off sedatives today. He is fully conscious and responding well 2 questions"

Awesome.

Great timing:

It's a good thing that Wayne's better because he will have some celebrating to do after recording his 1,000th training victory at Arlington on Thursday when Royal Alluvial scored a five-length win in the second race.

A sign commemorating the milestone was being signed by Arlington staff and is on its way to Catalano at Saint Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates.

Nice touch.

I'm all in:

If Brandon Marshall is selling Jay "Joshua" Cutler for MVP, well, I'm buying.

First of all because it's actually rare for an athlete to venture out into those choppy waters -- whether for himself or a teammate.

And secondly, the last time someone in Chicago made a similar pronouncement, he went out and got it done.

Not all bad:

I may not be one of the 180,000 who will witness Garth Brooks kicking off his world tour at Allstate Arena in September, but I did score a pair of tix to see Chris Gaines at the International Amphitheater in October, so I'm pumped about that.

What?

Sounding real good:

Stoney and Paciorek.

Agree?

Go, go Gordo:

As an old soul even when I was a young soul (what?), I always root for the old guy with one last shot at glory.

So, even though I've never been a huge Jeff Gordon fan, I'm absolutely rooting for the guy to finally capture that elusive fifth championship.

BTW:

In case you missed it, the official name of the Sprint Car race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 14 is the MyAfibStory.com 400.

Um ... OK.

Good luck:

To golfer Dustin Johnson, who is stepping away from the game for a while in order to seek help for some "personal challenges."

And finally:

Happy birthday to one of the best -- Troy Murray.

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