I mentioned this in the recap from Tuesday's game, but I'm taking a silver lining approach to the team's near miss fortunes. The effort is there, the talent is still short. Fortunately, Cub Tracks is very talented to make up for it.
From Comcast SportsNet (as always, now, beware auto starting ad videos)
- (Video only) Jed Hoyer talks about roster Jenga. Personally, I'm hoping the F.O. will start using the term for its entertainment value.
- (Video also) In a new series, I think, Tony Andracki writes about The Foundation. The focus is on the Kane County Cougars, featuring several recent draftees. Click on the video to hear from Dan Vogelbach.
- The attacks in Boston sent shockwaves through the Cub locker room. Theo Epstein was glad to hear from his brother, who had run the Boston Marathon.
- The Cub brass is waiting for the renovations, payroll, and business plan to all align.
- In a truly strange sighting, Carlos Zambrano strolled through Wrigley yesterday.
From Cubs Den
- There are a couple of draft notes at the bottom of this minor league recap.
- Taking a look back at the last Cub GM to focus on the farm, Dallas Green.
- What's wrong with Anthony Rizzo?
- Will the Cubs spend more next offseason? Definitely. Probably. Maybe. If the renovation deal gets done. Or some combination of those. Either way, Theo Epstein is frustrated.
- The Boston tragedy really hit home for Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.
- Ernie Banks and Billy Williams were among those helping the Cubs honor Jackie Robinson.
- The Cubs don't think there are any long-term worries for Kyuji Fujikawa's arm.
- Jorge Soler is expected back in the line-up tonight.
- The Cubs welcomed old friend A.J. Pierzynski back to town.
- Theo Epstein says more revenue will help the team. Duh.
- Matt Garza will rehab in Kane County, starting tomorrow.
- In the wake of Boston, the Cubs ratcheted up security at Wrigley Field.
- Two weeks in, sloppy play is the norm for the team.
- Turns out Kyuji Fujikawa should have started the season on the DL. Sorry, but that seems like a Hendry-era move. Guys who are hurt, and altering their mechanics to avoid pain, should not be playing competitive baseball.
- Geovany Soto is still a fan of the Friendly Confines.
- (Video also) ...though Rangers' teammate Lance Berkman still isn't. Turns out Fat Elvis "can't perform" at Wrigley Field.
- (Video only) Kevin Gregg talks about rejoining the Cubs.
- The team has a closer conundrum.
- Even with the team's struggles, it's too early for Alfonso Soriano to be planning an exit strategy.
From the Chicago Sun-Times (can read a paragraph, register to read the rest)
- The Cubs are one of the teams taking advantage of the new rule allowing interpreters out on the mound.
Today's food for thought: Three for Thursday