Rambling while dreaming of Opening Day

The Cubs are three weeks into the longest Spring Training in recent memory and I have a lot of thoughts. Some you may agree with, some you may not and some you may not even understand. Sorry about that in advance.

Pacifying Piniella – Cubs 9 Royals 1

Game Fourteen – Cubs 9 Royals 1 WP – Chad Gaudin (2-0) LP – Brian Bannister (0-1) Save – None The message Sweet Lou sent through the media about the offense needing to step it up was apparently heard loud and clear. The Cubs ended the six-game losing streak with a lot of offense and […]

Cubs Spring Stats…After 13 Games

As many know, Spring Training wins and losses are meaningless and the same can be said about individual stats. Players often work on things they would like to improve on, especially pitchers. Take for example Craig Counsell of the Brewers who has changed his exaggerated batting stance and dropped his hands making him unrecognizable in […]

Only Twenty-Nine Left to Go – Cubs 3 White Sox 4

Game Ten – Cubs (ss) 3 White Sox (ss) 4 WP – Jeff Marquez (1-0) LP – Marcos Mateo (0-1) Save – None One month from Friday the Cubs kick off the 2009 regular season in Houston but between then and now there is still a lot of exhibition baseball left to play. The Cubs […]

Cubs Out Fox the Brewers – Cubs 7 Brewers 4

Game Two – Cubs 7 Brewers 4 WP – Chad Gaudin (1-0) LP – Seth McClung (0-1, BS 1) Save – Angel Guzman (1) In front of a small crowd of 6,711 on Thursday, Lou Piniella’s crew improved to 2-0 on the spring with a solid victory over the Brewers. Rick Sutcliffe was calling the […]

Cubs’ Storylines of the Spring….The Other Arms and the Catching Corp

One week until the Cubs’ 2009 Cactus League opener against the Dodgers…. All of the players have reported with the exception of Kosuke Fukudome and Camp Lou is in full swing. There are only a few positions up for grabs this spring, namely the backup job to Geovany Soto. Here is a look at the […]

Bako and Hill Will Compete

According to a report from Bruce Miles, Paul Bako and Koyie Hill will compete for the backup catcher’s job. Miles reported, “Bako wasn’t brought in just to be handed the job.” The Cubs like Koyie Hill and according to Miles, the Cubs staff liked throwing to Hill last year better than they did Henry Blanco.

Seven Days and Eight Players Later….An Updated Look at the Cubs Roster

Many words can be used to describe the last week for the Chicago Cubs, but boring cannot be one of them….and Jim Hendry might not be done. Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park a week from Friday and the team that won 97 games a year ago will have several new faces. On January […]

Weekend Update – The Latest from the North Side on Mr. Cub’s Birthday

The last day of January and only 13 days before pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park in Mesa…. The Cubs interest in Kevin Millar and Rich Aurilia was bantered around on Friday after the return of Paul Bako was officially announced. The Cubs “had shown early interest” in bringing back Nomar Garciaparra as well […]

From the Wire….Bako Returns to the Cubs

According to reports from the Sun-Times and the official report from Cubs.com, the Cubs signed Paul Bako to a one-year contract on Friday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed but reports have suggested Bako will earn between $500,000 and $750,000 to serve as Geovany Soto’s backup. Paul Bako last played for the Cubs during […]