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Forget wild card, Cubs still have eyes on Cardinals

With 31 games remaining, the Cubs are trailing the Cardinals by 10.5 games in the NL Central, and are facing all but insurmountable odds of catching of them. Joe Maddon’s young team won’t have any of it.

Just don’t let the boss know about this. Cubs president Theo Epstein might take control of the remote in the clubhouse.

From ESPN’s Jon Greenberg:

“We’re not guilty of overthinking too many things, which is good,” Epstein said. “The guys are really loose, and it’s not just words. I think if you’re around the team, you feel it. There’s not a lot of weight to the clubhouse on a day-to-day basis. Just show up, have fun, go play hard and really compete and try to win a ballgame. If you win, celebrate extremely hard for about 15 minutes, and let it go … and do it again the next day.

“That’s really valuable, and it helps you avoid the pitfall of getting too tight. This time of year, if you start paying attention to the standings or things aren’t going your way or you’re not performing up to expectations or you don’t like what people are writing about you or you’re scoreboard-watching and you’re not getting the results you want to get, players and teams and organizations can get too tight. And it’s really hard to escape that.”

Some fans might agree, too.