After the First Four Games….

So the Cubs lost three of the first four games over the weekend, if anyone cares to remember they were 0-4 at the same point last year and finished the exhibition season 17-13-2. While the record does not matter, it was good to see Lou Piniella get more wins than losses heading into the regular […]

Another Slow Start to the Spring

Spring Training Game Four – Cubs 6 Giants 8 WP – Jack Taschner (1-0) LP – Neal Cotts (0-1) Save – Julio Mateo (1) Felix Pie hit his 2nd home run in 4 games and Andres Torres added a 2-run shot in the 7th inning but the Cubs dropped their third Cactus League game in […]

An Unannounced Split Squad

Spring Training Game Three – Cubs 2 Angels 6 WP – Jered Weaver (1-0) LP – Jason Marquis (0-1) As far as the game itself, it was over before it started. The Angels trotted out their All-Star lineup while Lou Piniella’s crew featured a starting nine that could have taken the field last season in […]

(Not Too Much) Fun in the Sun

Spring Training Game Two – Cubs 6 Giants (ss) 8 WP – Vinnie Chulk (1-0) LP – Les Walrond (0-1, BS 1) Save – Sergio Romo (1) A day after an impressive offensive output in Scottsdale, the Cubs dropped their Cactus League home opener against a Giants split squad. As with all Spring Training games […]

The Sights, The Sounds, The Smells

Spring Training Game One – Cubs 12 Giants 6 WP – Ryan Dempster (1-0) LP – Noah Lowry (0-1) Lou Piniella’s crew started the 2008 Cactus League schedule with an impressive effort against the Giants. While a win is a win, exhibition game or not, the performances on the field outweighed the final score. Thursday […]

Lasting Images

The Cubs play their last game in the desert today against the Arizona Diamondbacks….well a split squad of D’backs that is. When pitchers and catchers reported 6 weeks ago there were the usual expectations that surrounds every Cubs team at the beginning of spring training. But this year there was an entirely new feeling of […]

Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine – Cubs 4 Rockies 4 – 10 innings The second to last game at HoHoKam was once again a capacity crowd. This is just a guess but I do not think it had anything to do with the Cubs taking on the Colorado Rockies. Mark Prior was making his final Cactus […]

A Walk-off Slugfest

Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight – Cubs 13 Royals 10 – 10 innings WP – Federico Baez (1-0) LP – Thad Markray (0-1) Spring training is a time to get the wrinkles ironed out, make sure all of the tweaks of winter are taken care of by the first of April. But the performances of Rich […]

Too Many Pitches, Too Many Long Balls

Spring Training Game Four – Cubs 2 White Sox 13 WP – Jon Garland (1-0) LP – Rich Hill (0-1) The Cubs Cactus League record did not improve on Sunday afternoon against the White Sox as they dropped to 0-3-1. While winning spring training games is not the top priority, playing sound baseball should be […]

An Inside the Park Tie Game

Spring Training Game Three – Cubs 5 A’s 5 – 10 innings While the game was not listed as a split squad contest, it might as well have been for the Cubs. Most of the Cubs’ marquee names were absent from Phoenix Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Wade Miller made his spring debut against the […]