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Cub Tracks Understands Growing Pains

The Cubs are growing up at many levels and in many ways. Starlin Castro seems to be on the tip of everyone's tongue this weekend. There's also the matter of Jorge Soler trying to grow up and the team growing closer while rallying around injured teammates. But most importantly, all you need to make it to the NFL is a YouTube video.

I got it! I got it! You take it!
I got it! I got it! You take it!
David Banks

Just a quick comment on the big league club. I'm expecting absolutely nothing from a W/L perspective this season. But even with more errors, both mental and physical, I'm also seeing little positive signs. It seems like a simple thing, but there's been no questioning the effort and that's at least one step in the right direction.

From Comcast SportsNet

  • (autostart video) Teammates are worried about Steve Clevenger after seeing him writhing in pain after yesterday's game ending strikeout.
  • Despite the home runs, Anthony Rizzo is searching for consistency.
  • (autostart video) Cub prospect Jorge Soler already had a target on his back. That target is getting bigger.

From Cubs Den

  • The frustration with Starlin Castro might be missing the point.
  • Draft update, including a scouting report and video of big Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray. I also thought the note on Austin Meadows was interesting. There was also a note that Nate Schierholtz got his World Series ring from Giants' manager Bruce Bochy on Saturday.



  • Alfonso Soriano is starting to hit.
  • But, as a team, the Cubs can't hit lefties.
  • Dale Sveum is going with a closer by committee while Kyuji Fujikawa is on the disabled list.
  • Carlos Villanueva is happy with his two starts, even though he has nothing to show for it in the win column. And if you haven't seen, he's also growing just an outstanding mustache.
  • (audio) Infield coach David Bell dropped by the podcast to talk infield defense. I'd say he's got more work to do.
  • Brent Lillibridge is familiar with how intense former teammate Carlos Quentin can be.
  • Starlin Castro is still going through growing pains.
From the Chicago Tribune (register to see almost anything but videos)

From the Chicago Sun-Times (can read a paragraph, register to read the rest)

Today's food for thought