Just a quick general request. Everyone needs to just exhale a bit about the team's slow start for two reasons.
One: We all knew (or should have known) the team would struggle overall, particularly on offense. So there really shouldn't be any surprises (not to mention, for all the Marmol angst, he cost the team one game). Two, it is really early. The team will probably stink all year, but let's at least wait two passes through the rotation to draw any major conclusions.
From Comcast SportsNet
- (annoying auto-start video) Dale Sveum had a flashback when he saw what happened to Louisville guard Kevin Ware.
- Tom Ricketts isn't sure when the (eventual) Wrigley renovation will allow the club to boost payroll.
- (auto-start video) As a key to the on-field rebuild, Jeff Samardzija needs to finish what he starts.
- Reed Johnson isn't sure they are superheroes, but he does think Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer will get things turned around.
- Speaking of Hoyer, he sees the second pick in the June draft coming into focus.
From Cubs Den
- Scouts talked a bit about Shark and Carlos Marmol.
- Patience and a slider are important for the resurrection of Carlos Marmol.
- Kyuji Fujikawa feels up to the task of being the team's closer.
- Carlos Marmol getting booed at Wrigley Monday upset a number of his teammates.
- (Video only) Theo Epstein talked about the former closer's struggles.
- Tom Ricketts is committed to bringing a World Series to Wrigley Field.
- Dale Sveum understands there are limits to patience.
- While the offense has been mostly inept, the rotation is providing early signs for hope.
- (Video only) Starlin Castro talked about a disappointing Wrigley Field opener.
- Edwin Jackson might want to buckle in for a bumpy ride.
- (Video option) Theo Epstein has his eyes on more night game revenue and a rebound from a sluggish start.
- Cub fans may have a new destination this summer, to check out the team's future in Geneva.
- Dale Sveum thinks Wrigley renovations could be bait for future free agents.
From the Chicago Sun-Times (can read a paragraph, register to read the rest)
- How long before the patience of Cub fans wears out?
- The players are excited about potential Wrigley renovations.
- First of all, the brass is focused on the second overall pick.
From the Daily Herald (registry required for all)
- A Cub fan has found hope in a hat that made it through a hurricane.
Today's food for thought