From the CCO Inbox

While the Cubs enjoy their last day off of the spring, it is time for the latest from the CCO Inbox. Once the season begins, the CCO will pass on info, links and other cool stuff that readers email us on days the Cubs are not playing.

In recent days the inbox has received photos from Mesa, a list of Cubs’ all-time teams, video from a fantasy baseball talk show, a revealing poll and a message for the Faithful…
A Message to the Faithful

The CCO received the following via email during the off-season:

Message: It is no secret that everyone loves a winner. Bandwagons are full of lost souls who can’t endure the weight of life’s cruel realities. We Cub fans understand this more than most. It is no secret that it takes very little fortitude to support the winners in this world.

Only a chosen few can hold close and remain devoted to those who are down and those who are out. There are no bandwagons for us. Rest assured that the failure that has forged our loyalty will one day end… but until that day comes we will stand by our team and continue to support and respect the game we love.

Our allegiance, our dependability, and our steadfastness will not dissolve into the waters of defeat. These things that are hard now will one day become the pillars of strength that will hold us up in triumph. And the day will come when our resolve is rewarded with victory… but until then we stand tall. We stand proud. We stand together. We are Cub fans.

Photos from Spring Training

One of the Faithful, Jim Kneisley, emailed several photos of his trip to Spring Training…and as they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Well here are (?). Click on Images to enlarge.

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In the Cage…with Mike Fontenot

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In the Cage…with Alfonso Soriano

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Coordinating the Minors

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Len and Bob

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Nate Spears

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Jody Davis and Jim Kneisley

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JimK in his “Blue Heaven”

Thank you Jim

Chicago Cubs – All Time Home Grown Team vs. All Acquired Team

Paul Sullivan from ‘Sully Baseball‘ has compiled lists for all of the Major League teams on who he thinks are the best home grown players and who are the best players that organization acquired over the years.

Last week ‘Sully Baseball‘ took a look at the Chicago Cubs…and asked the CCO to pass along the lists to our readers.

All Time Home Grown Team

  • Gabby Hartnett – Catcher
  • Mark Grace – First Base
  • Billy Herman – Second Base
  • Ernie Banks – Shortstop
  • Ron Santo – Third Base
  • Billy Williams – Left field
  • Andy Pafko – Centerfield
  • Frank Schulte – Right field
  • Frank Chance – Top Pinch-hitter
  • Greg Maddux – SP
  • Rick Reuschel – SP
  • Ed Reulbach – SP
  • Bill Lee – SP
  • Carlos Zambrano – SP
  • Bruce Sutter – RP
  • Don Elston – RP
  • Lee Smith – RP
  • Carlos Marmol – RP
  • Kerry Wood – RP
  • Stan Hack – Reserve Infielder
  • Johnny Evers – Reserve Infielder
  • Rafael Palmeiro – Reserve Outfielder
  • Phil Cavaretta – Reserve Outfielder
  • Geovany Soto – Reserve Catcher
  • Joe Tinker – 25th Man

All Time Acquired Team

  • Jody Davis – Catcher
  • Derrek Lee – First Base
  • Ryne Sandberg – Second Base
  • Ivan DeJesus – Shortstop
  • Aramis Ramirez – Third Base
  • Gary Matthews, Sr. – Left field
  • Hack Wilson – Centerfield
  • Andre Dawson – Right field
  • Bill Buckner – Top Pinch-hitter
  • Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown – SP
  • Ferguson Jenkins – SP
  • Rick Sutcliffe – SP
  • Claude Passeau – SP
  • Orval Overall – SP
  • Randy Myers – RP
  • Phil Regan – RP
  • Charley Root – RP
  • Rod Beck – RP
  • Joe Borowski – RP
  • Harry Steinfeldt – Reserve Infielder
  • Bill Madlock – Reserve Infielder
  • Sammy Sosa – Reserve Outfielder
  • Dave Kingman – Reserve Outfielder
  • Randy Hundley – Reserve Catcher
  • King Kelly – 25th Man

Click Here to Read the Full Article from Sully Baseball

Fantasy Baseball at the Hideout

Mark Bazer sent his latest interview clip to the CCO. He hosts a show on the first Friday of every month at the Hideout in Chicago.

Hottest Fans in MLB

More Hardball asked the CCO to pass along the latest entry in their Hottest Fans in Major League Baseball series.

Take a look and voteif you would like.

CCO Community Blog

Shameless plug alert…Obviously no one emailed the CCO about the Community Blog, but just a reminder to check out the ‘other section‘ of the CCO for thought provoking posts from the Faithful.

To contact the CCO, send an email to neil@chicagocubsonline.com…and as is our motto, Stay Classy Cubs Fans.