Is It Next Year?

Happy New Year!!!! While everyone is gearing up for a full day of College Football, here are a few numbers to remember…. 45, 59 and 91, as in 45 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, 59 days until the first Spring Training game against the San Francisco Giants in Mesa and 91 days until Opening Day in Cincinnati against the Reds.

The Cubs still have several questions to answer before they take the field for the first full team workout at Fitch Park on February 20th. Who will patrol the outfield for the Cubs in 2007? Will Jacque Jones remain a Cub? Will Mark Prior be in camp healthy and on time? What about Kerry Wood? Will Carlos Zambrano agree to a new deal before Spring Training starts? How will the Cubs bench take shape and will Lou Piniella have the depth he so desires?

When those questions are answered you will be able to read about and discuss those topics here. The CCO will have updated news and commentary throughout the year plus first hand coverage of the Cubs Convention, opening weekend of Spring Training and Opening Day in Cincinnati. The redesign of the site is underway and will be up as soon as possible, plus if you would like to write your own feedback column, just email me at neil@chicagocubsonline.com and your opinion will be front and center for all to discuss.

For years I have heard the Cubs will win the World Series when pigs fly….well, guess what, this is the year of the pig. The excitement and anticipation of the 2007 season is building as everyday passes…. Stay tuned for the ride!!!

2007 Cubs’ Calendar

January 4 – Spring Training Single Game Ticket Go on Sale
January 9 – 2007 Hall of Fame Class Announced
January 5 – 15 – Salary Arbitration Filing Period
January 18 – Salary Arbitration Figures Exchanged
January 19 – 21 – 22nd Annual Cubs Convention
February 1 – 21 – Salary Arbitration Hearings
February 14 – Cubs Pitchers and Catchers Report to Fitch Park in Mesa, Arizona
February 15 – MLB Pitchers and Catchers Report to Spring Training
February 15 – Cubs First Workout for Pitchers and Catchers at Fitch Park
February 19 – Cubs Position Players Report to Spring Training at Fitch Park
February 20 – Cubs First Full Squad Workout of 2007
February 23 – Regular Season Single Game Tickets Go on Sale
February 27 – Hall of Fame Veterans Committee Results Announced
February 27 - Mandatory Spring Training reporting date for all players
March 1 – Cubs Spring Training Opener at HoHoKam against the Giants
April 1 – MLB Opening Day
April 2 – Opening Day for Chicago Cubs in Cincinnati

40-Man Roster on the 1st day of 2007

Quote of the Day

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust

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