Since it is spring training, I assume he is looking for dandelions. - USA TODAY Sports
Seeing the improvement in Alfonso Soriano should be inspirational to us all. So today Cub Tracks looks at what inspires, Rizzo's surprise trip to Miami, Edwin Jackson and Jeff Samardzija turning things around, Javy Baez getting punked, and why all eyes are on a Hooters' girl.
When thinking about the "ruining the rebuild" story, I half imagine the team getting together and having a 'Major League' moment. But I'm not sure Dale Sveum can pull off a Lou Brown and I'm pretty certain the Ricketts family isn't trying to knock attendance down to move the team to Miami.
From Comcast SportsNet
- Anthony Rizzo is feeling supported by the Cubs during the WBC.
- (Video) Javier Baez and Jorge Soler are nearing the end of their time in big league camp. You can hear from Javy by clicking on the link.
- Despite injury issues, Ian Stewart feels like third base is his job until (unless) the team tells him otherwise.
- Edwin Jackson's turnaround began on the other side of town.
From Cubs Den
- The Anarchist's Brunch is committed.
- Some of his teammates may have pranked prospect phenom Javier Baez.
- And not really from Cubs Den, but I saw this running in their feed. Baseball Prospectus has ranked Junior Lake's arm as the best infield arm in the minors.
- (Video only) Shawn Camp reflects on a long career.
- (Video and article) Even Rizzo is surprised by the Italian success in the WBC.
- David DeJesus defended his bunting crown.
- Manager Dale Sveum wants to see more production at the plate.
- Jeff Samardzija made big strides with his latest start.
- (Video) Anthony Rizzo and Dale Sveum talked about the young first baseman playing in the WBC.
- Javier Baez still has work to do.
- The Cub big leaguers are hoping to throw something of a wrench in the rebuilding plan. How? By contending.
- Kyuji Fujikawa has been impressive so far. Chris Rusin is also being noticed.
- Bruce Levine says the Cubs can't afford to cut injured third baseman Ian Stewart.
- (Video) Shark talks about his last start.
- (Video) Sveum talks about Ian Stewart and the soon to be famous Nate the Video Guy.
From the Chicago Sun-Times (can read a paragraph, register to read the rest)
- Trade speculation around Alfonso Soriano just won't quit.
- The Cubs' offense is going from bat to worse.
From the Daily Herald (registry required for all)
- The turnaround for Alfonso Soriano has inspired confidence in the Cub coaches.
Today's food for thought
- This happens a couple times a season, but this occasion just has a spring training feel. A ball girl, advertising for a popular restaurant chain where every guy swears they go for the food, picked up a fair ball.