A reminder for those new to Cub Tracks during the season: You won't find game recaps here. That's Al's territory. Instead, you'll find a mix of player links and reaction to what's going on in and around the season.
Oh, and unless there are objections, I'm done with the Daily Herald. It's just not worth clicking on.
From Comcast SportsNet
- For Theo Epstein, it's "World Series (eventually) or bust."
- Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs know what to expect at the trade deadline.
- Let's break down the roster.
- Chris Bosio says the NL Central is the toughest division to pitch in.
- Jim Deshaies says this is a big year for shortstop Starlin Castro.
- Anthony Rizzo thinks it is awesome to be the face of the Cubs.
- The front office thinks Mike Olt can be a big part of the future.
From Cubs Den
- As they are contractually obligated to do so, this blog makes its season predictions.
- The Cubs could be primed for a surprise season as the "mid-term" portion of the plan comes to fruition.
- Ricky Renteria believes the Cubs' job was his destiny.
- The manager is also calm and wants the team to reach for the stars.
- The White Sox and Cubs both passed on ticket price increases.
- (Video) Aaron Boone talks about expectations for the Cubs and Pirates.
- (Video) To help their defense, the Cubs are exploring the use of giant gloves.
- This year's roster features much more intrigue than last year's edition.
- Is this the year the Cubs take a big step? Jesse Rogers says "the Plan" is on to "Phase 2."
- The "5 for 2014" series continues by wondering who will be the big surprise this season.
- And the next question: will Ricky Renteria's optimism ever waver?
- Theo Epstein thinks the team can change the narrative.
- (Audio) Jed Hoyer talks about the upcoming season.
- Mark Gonzalez gets in his final spring training mail bag.
- Goose Island finally gets to woo the home town crowd at Wrigley Field. One of our "city jokes": What's the easiest way to tell someone is a tourist/suburbanite? They order a "three-twelve."
- A look back at Wrigley Field's best games remembers the "Homer in the Gloamin'."
- The Cubs may not be good, but they should be powerful.
- Here are the top pop culture moments in Wrigley Field history.
- Or maybe you prefer 100 players for 100 years.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- Theo Epstein says the club needs a winning environment before the wins will overpower the losses.
- There's a report via MLB Trade Rumors that former Cub Henry Blanco has retired and accepted a position on the Diamondbacks coaching staff. There was a further clarification that he has been released, accepted the position, but would play again if he got an offer. Good luck to Hank White!
Today's food for thought