Opening Day is Monday, the days are longer, the weather is warmer and the dawn of a new day … is still a year away for Cubs baseball. However, I do expect the Cubs to be noticeably improved from last year with some of the new blood and energy arriving at 1060 W. Addison.
No matter what, the beginning of a new baseball season is always, exciting and as the Cubs are about to depart for Pittsburgh, let’s go rambling one more time before the regular season commences.
- Captain of the Obvious over here about to humble brag on his Mike Olt prediction. Yea, I called it. Glad to see it. Very.
- However, his shoulder injury better be the only reason he is platooning with Louie Louie over at the hot corner.
- Speaking of Opening Day, if the Cubs don’t crack a deal on the “Restoration Project” this season, I am not sure how many more Opening Days will see the Ricketts family owning the Cubs. I just don’t think Tom will be the one to move them.
- I could be way off here. They have put some money into other facilities, but without big changes, I think the Ricketts Patriarch instructs his children that the Cubs will be sold … and in the not-too-distant-future.
- Ryan Kalish, this is Joe Mather. Joe, meet Ryan. Now tell me, is that unfair? And my question is of a serious nature.
- I just got a feeling about Mike Olt. I really, really do. And that is probably a bad thing for Mr. Olt. I will be making Mike Olt meet Kevin Orie jokes in no time. Heck, I might even throw in a little Gary Scott.
- You know whose name I have heard very little of this Spring Training … Anthony Rizzo. And I do not think there could be a better thing for that guy. Here is to him raking this season.
- And he quietly had a very nice Spring. He is The ‘Riz and he is awesome. Or will be … hopefully.
- Spring Training Shawn-O-Meter: 1.000.
- One of my favorite aspects of Spring Training is seeing the name of a player I haven’t thought of in a very long time. This year’s winner: Zeke DeVoss.
- Okay, let’s play a game … we have to pick a breakout player and a breakout pitcher of the 2014 season. Who are you going with? I will give you some time to think about it. I will let you know mine towards the end.
- One very intriguing player for me this season is Bonifacio … Emilio Bonifacio. He “has” the tools to steal 30+ and be a true impact player … somewhere. That is more than I can say for some of the other position players.
- Olt and Bonifacio had the most at-bats of the Spring. That should tell you exactly where McThoyer’s head is. Exactly. That was very much done on purpose.
- The players with the top-8 ABs during spring in exact order are: Olt, Bonifacio, Baez, Lake, Rizzo, Schierholrz, Sweeney, Barney …
- I mean, if you do not think that was planned down to an exact science … think again.
- One thing I did not miss this Spring … #buntingcontest
- The Cubs Outfield is not good. Like, it is bad. The star of the outfield hit .251 with 21 HRs and 68 RBIs. That is the best outfielder on our team right now. That … is … not … good. IMHO.
- Starlin Castro had 666 at-bats last year. This totally explains his horrible year. I just had a vision that I have said this before. And if I did, my apologies, but I had to say it again.
- Breakout Offensive Player of the Year: Mike Olt … I know, you are all just shocked.
- Breakout Pitcher of the Year: Jake Arrieta. Rip me apart, please.
And there you have it … another Friday edition of my random and rambling stream of consciousness. I hope it was enjoyed. Seriously, Neil, Tom U, Chris and I would love to hear your thoughts below, especially on the breakout players of the year.
And until next time …
Stay Classy Cubs Fans!