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Goodbye Spring Training!


Tribune photo by Scott Strazzante



We've finally reached the end of Spring Training! That's right, kids - real baseball is on its way. In the final game of the spring, Randy Wells did his best to reassure us that there won't be a sophomore slump.

Randy Wells looks ready, to say the least, for his second major league season.

The right-hander threw four scoreless innings to improve to 4-0 in the spring, leading the Cubs to a 6-0 victory over the Diamondbacks in the teams' final tune-up before the regular season.


Tomorrow's Opening Day game will afford us the opportunity to see the slimmed-down version of Big Z take the mound. Larry Rothschild seems to like what he's seen this spring:

"The arm is freer," Rothschild said. "I think some life came back to his arm, which is good.

"The weight and all that, that's good, but I've seen him pitch heavy and pitch really well, not heavy but at weights more than now and pitch well. Does it play into it? Probably injury wise it might, a little bit. The thing I liked, about halfway through spring, you could see more agility in his arm, more flexibility, and that's important.

"He was in the strike zone a lot more consistently. And the ball was moving all over."




The start of the regular season is for us a beautiful thing. As for Jim Hendry, he's probably feeling a little nervous and hoping that this year's Cubs somehow manage to be better than last year's.

And under first-year ownership, nobody is under more scrutiny than the man at the top of the baseball-operations department. And nobody outside of Hendry himself seems to care about his job security more than the players.

''Yeah, yeah,'' left fielder Alfonso Soriano said. ''For me -- and not just because I signed here -- Jim is a very good guy, and I hope he keeps his job because he knows what he's doing. But I think if we stay healthy and play good, we won't have any problem.''

The Ricketts family has said nothing but positive things about Hendry and his staff since taking ownership of the Cubs in October. As recently as Thursday, chairman Tom Ricketts called the quality of the baseball-operations people ''the most pleasant surprise that we've had.''

I thought he might call the Cubs blogosphere "the most pleasant surprise that we've had."


Not only does today bring the end of the tyranny that is Spring Training, it's also thisyearcub's birthday. Happy 21st!


And don't forget today's inaugural edition of Cubbiejulie and Metsgrrl's podcast Throwing Like a Girl. Click on this link to listen starting at 5:30 CT.

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JulieDiCaro said:

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We'll have a live chat for the ESPN game tonight!

Shanny said:

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*sheds a tear of joy*

JulieDiCaro said:

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seriously.

JulieDiCaro said:

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In case you missed it yesterday, I have decreed that "Tylermania" shall henceforth be referred to as "Tylermania!" Kind of like Wrestlemania!

LostinFla said:

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Happy Easter!

Today is all about good news. That’s at least what the minister said repeatedly this morning. He said heaven is wonderful, a place where anything is possible: you can fly to Venus, do rings around the sun, eat all the Chinese food you want.

Presumably, in heaven, the Cubs are also World Series Champions. So that means for me to see a Cub championship, I have to die. Killjoy.

The above syllogism brings to mind one of the most famous (also in keeping with the spirit of the day):

God is love.
Love is blind.
Ray Charles is blind.
Ray Charles is God.

Since the above has to be updated with the acknowledgment that Ray Charles is dead, well, uh, let’s play ball!

JulieDiCaro said:

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No kidding. LET'S GO ALREADY!!!!!

Except for Tuesday, this is the worst day of the year! Maybe January 2, because the holidays are over and baseball is still lightyears away, but for me, the day before and the day after Opening Day just suck.

MillsChC said:

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The day after the All-Star game is right up there too.

JulieDiCaro said:

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This is true.

JulieDiCaro said:

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via Carrie Muskat:

Opening day lineup will be SS Theriot, RF Fuke, 1B Lee, 3B Ramirez, CF Byrd, LF Soriano, 2B Fontenot, C Soto, P Zambrano

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hawks just clinched the division title!

Teebob2000 said:

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MB left the M's game yesterday injured. Hahahahahahahaha.

I mean - that's terrible. Poor guy. Can't get a break.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Throwing like a girl podcast is starting now!

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