Cubs' Byrd shows his big heart

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Cubs' Byrd shows his big heart

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and while everybody else will be focused on football, one Atlanta family will likely still be giving thanks to Marlon Byrd.

Byrd contributes a blog through Cubs.com entitled "The Byrd's Nest," something Cubs fans may not have known. His latest entry is heart-warming tale of dealing with something called compartment syndrome.

Byrd has suffered with compartment syndrome, described as a "serious condition that involved increased pressure in a muscle compartment. It can lead to muscle and nerve damage and problems with blood flow."

Brett D., a young man from Atlanta, suffers from the same disorder and was having a tough time coming out of three surgeries. His family wrote to Byrd and the Cubs outfielder responded in kind, meeting up with Brett in Atlanta in August while the Cubs were playing the Braves.

Byrd goes on to recount his story with the disease, during which he almost had his leg amputated.

It's a good read and a warm story. Go ahead and give it a look.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs acquire Wade Davis from Royals

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs acquire Wade Davis from Royals

Kelly Crull, Justin O’Neil and Tony Andracki discuss the Cubs-Royals trade that sent Jorge Soler to Kansas City in exchange for Wade Davis and what the move may mean for the Cubs’ short-term and long-term roster. Plus, what is going on with Travis Wood and are the Cubs really set to start the season with Mike Montgomery in their rotation?

The Chris Sale trade had a major impact on the 2017 World Series odds

The Chris Sale trade had a major impact on the 2017 World Series odds

When the White Sox traded Chris Sale to the Red Sox Tuesday, it shook up the balance of power around Major League Baseball.

Wednesday morning, that power shift was present in Bovada's 2017 World Series odds.

On Nov. 3 (the day after the World Series ended), the Cubs were the frontrunners for the 2017 World Series at 7/2 odds. The Boston Red Sox were right behind at 9/1.

After acquiring Sale, the Red Sox have now bumped up to 11/2 odds to win it all while the Cubs have gone down slightly to 15/4.

[Complete coverage of the White Sox-Red Sox Chris Sale blockbuster trade]

Here is the complete list of the Top 5 odds, as of Wednesday morning:

1. Cubs - 15/4
2. Red Sox - 11/2
3. Nationals - 9/1
4. Indians - 12/1
5. Astros - 12/1

The Cubs' odds may also see a boost if/when the Wade Davis trade becomes official.

On the other hand, the White Sox odds fell from 40/1 the day after the 2016 World Series to 66/1 Wednesday morning after dealing away Sale.

Of course, Sale is only one player, but it's more so the Sox trading him away is a clear indication they are not "going for it" in 2017 for the major decrease. If the Sox continue to sell, look for those odds to fall even further.

As of Wednesday morning, the Colorado Rockies (before they signed Ian Desmond to a five-year deal), Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres were the only teams with lower odds to win a championship in 2017 than the White Sox.