The hunting metaphor in Tuesday's Cub Tracks was not responsible for this man getting shot. - USA Today Sports
Cubs manager Dale Sveum recovers from being grazed by good friend and Hall of Famer Robin Yount by getting chatty with beat writers at the winter meetings.
MLBTradeRumors reports... that Cub Tracks is back!
No rumors here, just fully hyperlinks. And lots more Jim Deshaies!
From Comcast SportsNet
- The Cubs are counting on a strong return by Matt Garza.
- The Shane Victorino contract may have thrown a bit of a wrench in the Cubs' plans. They're still looking for the bridge to Brett Jackson. (Maybe it's the just-signed Nate Schierholtz?)
- Dale Sveum says Carlos Marmol and Kyuji Fujikawa can co-exist. C'mon... what else would you expect him to say?
- Speaking of our gunshot victim, Patrick Mooney goes 1-on-1 with the Cub skipper.
- Theo Epstein says... free agents are still telling him the north side is a desirable destination.
- Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins has some thoughts on the Hall and PEDs.
- The Cubs welcomed their new broadcaster. Video included.
From the Chicago Tribune
- Apparently, the Trib crew woke up in time to go to Nashville.
- Sveum says getting shot is no big deal. 'Tis just a flesh wound.
- Getting shot is no big deal... and youth won't be an excuse next year. Someone consolidate that and put it on a t-shirt.
- Marmol is still the closer, at least for now. Again, what else do you expect them to say? And Japanese execs say Fujikawa can close in the majors.
- Breaking news from Phil Rogers! The Cubs' plan? Long-term.
- I'm no Dusty Baker fan, but this is a nice story. Baker credits a Cubs doctor with saving his life.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- Cubs prospect Albert Almora is in great shape, thanks to his backyard.
- Jim Deshaies won't be pronouncing names backwards.
- Sveum, Sveum, and more Sveum... he's....
- Quotable on a number of topics.
- Has high hopes for Brett Jackson.
- Is not worried about being shot. He says Yount got the bird... I assume that was two-fold.
- While we worry about who might play 3B most of the time, the back-up at the hot corner might already play on the Cub infield: Starlin Castro.
- Carrie Muskat discusses MLB franchise money matters.
- Jesse Rogers (the new primary blogger for this site) also found the Cub manager to be quotable.
- Attention all acolytes! Our hero has fallen - at the hands of Alfonso Soriano. That's right, the Fonz proved Theo wrong. Thus falls the cloak of the deity.
- Much like peace, Cub fans should give Jim Deshaies a chance. I like the hiring, but is there really a choice in giving him a chance?
- Starlin Castro's agent says contract pressure impacted his client last season... but no more.
- Jed Hoyer talks winter meetings.
- If you want to open an old wound... the Bartman game still weighs on former Cub Alex Gonzalez.
From Cubs Den
- They've just been keeping up with rumors during the meetings. I expect articles to return for next week's Cub Tracks installment.
From the Daily Herald
- Signing bullpen help gives the team options.
- Cub fans should like what Deshaies will bring to the broadcast.
- Vicki Santo is trying to extend the legacy of her late husband Ron. Santo will have a non-profit that will help make diabetes alert dogs more widely available. The second anniversary of Ron Santo's death was Monday.
- Expect wit and wisdom from the new Cub broadcaster.
Today's food for thought
- Out of ideas on how to entertain a baby? Have you tried ripping paper?