The Big Z and Murton Show

Spring Training Game Two – Cubs 6 Angels 9 WP – Nick Green (1-0) LP – Clay Rapada (0-1) Save – Ryan Aldridge (1) The second game of the spring training schedule for the Cubs had the same result as the first but with a couple of different storylines. The Cubs’ offense was much improved […]

A Beautiful Day for a Ballgame

Spring Training Game One – Cubs 2 Giants 9 WP – Barry Zito (1-0) LP – Jason Marquis (0-1) The scene was the same as years past when the Cubs opened their Cactus League schedule on Thursday. HoHoKam Park was as beautiful as always, the grass the perfect shade of green and it made everyone […]

Chicago Cubs Baseball Is On The Air

Greetings and salutations from Mesa….In a few short hours Pat Hughes will casually utter those words as he has so many times in the past from beautiful HoHoKam Park. Chicago Cubs baseball is on the air and that means just one thing….the 2007 season is upon us, well at least the exhibition season. But the […]

A Tie in the Desert Sun…..

Game Twenty-Seven: Cubs 4 White Sox 4 Updated 10:19pm C.S.T. It was a nice 75 degrees in Mesa and manufacturing runs was on the horizon. Greg Maddux was on the mound against the fast working Mark Buherle. Many sox fans were in the park and unfortunately with all their World Series gear on….I don’t blame […]

It’s a NO NO….Through Nine At Least

Cubs 1 – A’s 0 The day started with little breakfast in a resort just off Dobson Road in Mesa, AZ. The day ended with a Cubs victory in 10 innings over the A’s from Oakland. But in between was where all the fun took place. How rare is a no-hitter in baseball? How rare […]

2006 Spring Training – The B-Team

Game Four: Cubs 5 – Giants (ss) 1 Before a sold-out crowd of 12,672 on Sunday at HoHoKam Park, the Cubs B-Team, with Aramis Ramirez, beat the Giants split squad. While the rest of the Giants were warming up Team USA, the Cubs A-Team was taking batting practice and instruction from Gene Clines on the […]

2006 Spring Training – There Will Be Days Like This

Game Three: Cubs 2 – Giants 7 The Cubs looked sluggish and a little tired against the Giants on Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium. The area is experiencing above average temperatures for this time of the year and with the guys just beginning Spring Training one could wonder what affect the dessert heat might be having. […]

2006 Spring Training – Combination Ball Provides Win

Game Two: Cubs 15 – Mariners 8 Last week Dusty Baker brought up the term “Combination Ball”. I found that very interesting and wondered when we might be able to see this brand new version of the Cubs. Well Dusty and company wasted no time displaying their new philosophy. One major change I have noticed […]

Spring Training Game Two – The Cubs Sing A Winning Tune

Cubs 15 – Mariners 8 The Cubs pounded out 21 hits on their way to a victory on Friday in Peoria. Brandon Sing led the way with 2 monster home runs to left and the CCO had a bird’s eye view of the launchings. While my outlook was altered slightly by the news about Kerry […]

2006 Spring Training – Small Ball, Heroes and Legends

Game One – An Amazing Day Cubs 8 – A’s 7 Spring Training is different from the regular season. The players are more relaxed, the fans are more relaxed and there is more access to the team. The players will interact with the fans, talk to you, sign autographs and even pose for pictures. HoHoKam […]