It's time to think spring! The Cubs have announced their 2013 spring training schedule, and the first game is just 85 days away... that doesn't seem so long to wait, does it?
The first thing you'll notice about this schedule is... February 23? That's the earliest calendar date ever for a Cubs spring training game. That's great! Less time to wait for baseball. The reason for the extended spring schedule is the World Baseball Classic, which will take some players away from their teams for a couple of weeks.
All games through March 9 begin at 2:05 CST; Daylight Saving time begins on March 10, and all games from that day on begin at 3:05 CDT. Exceptions are noted below. I'll post the broadcast schedule when it's announced.
Sat 2/23: vs. Angels at Tempe Sun 2/24: vs. Giants at Mesa Mon 2/25: vs. Dodgers at Glendale Tue 2/26: vs. Rockies at Mesa Wed 2/27: vs. Dodgers at Mesa Thu 2/28: vs. Athletics at Mesa Fri 3/1: vs. Diamondbacks at Mesa Sat 3/2: vs. Giants at Scottsdale Sun 3/3: vs. Brewers at Mesa vs. Angels at Tempe Mon 3/4: vs. Indians at Mesa Tue 3/5: vs. Rockies at Talking Stick (2:1O CST) Wed 3/6: vs. Rangers at Surprise Thu 3/7: vs. White Sox at Mesa Fri 3/8: vs. Reds at Goodyear (9:O5 CST) Sat 3/9: vs. Indians at Mesa Sun 3/1O: vs. Padres at Mesa (DST begins) Mon 3/11: vs. Diamondbacks at Talking Stick (3:1O CDT) Tue 3/12: OFF DAY Wed 3/13: vs. Rockies at Mesa Thu 3/14: vs. Dodgers at Glendale Fri 3/15: vs. White Sox at Glendale (2:O5 CDT)
vs. WBC Team at Mesa
Sat 3/16: vs. Royals at Mesa vs. Rangers at Las Vegas (3:O5 CDT) Sun 3/17: vs. Athletics at Phoenix vs. Rangers at Las Vegas (3:O5 CDT) Mon 3/18: vs. Padres at Peoria Tue 3/19: vs. Rangers at Mesa Wed 3/2O: OFF DAY Thu 3/21: vs. Dodgers at Tucson (charity game) vs. Mariners at Peoria (9:O5 CDT) Fri 3/22: vs. Brewers at Maryvale Sat 3/23: vs. Angels at Mesa Sun 3/24: vs. Indians at Goodyear Mon 3/25: vs. Giants at Mesa Tue 3/26: vs. Reds at Mesa (9:O5 CDT) Wed 3/27: vs. Royals at Surprise (8:O5 CDT) Thu 3/28: vs. Mariners at Mesa (2:O5 CDT) Fri 3/29: vs. Astros at Houston (TBD) Sat 3/30: vs. Astros at Houston (TBD)