Pretty streamlined topics today.
From Comcast SportsNet
- There's a link between all-time great Johnny Bench and and the Cubs' first round choice.
- Fans are already clamoring for Kyle Schwarber.
- Concerts at Wrigley Field helped shape the new radio deal.
- Patrick Sharp and other members of the Chicago Blackhawks embrace Wrigley Field.
From Cubs Den
- Looking back at Day 1 of the draft, the Cubs targeted undervalued players even more than underslot signings.
- Cubs Den loves the strategy the front office took early on in the draft.
- I'm not going to link to all of them, but the site had lots of write-ups on individual picks.
- More Kyle.
- Jed Hoyer wants Jorge Soler to talk to Manny Ramirez.
- John Baker feels well prepared to take on a bigger workload.
- Former pitcher Jim Kaat talks about the loss of a baseball treasure with the passing of former Cubs' skipper Don Zimmer.
- There have been three big keys to the Cubs' recently improved play.
- The Cubs see something big in Kyle Schwarber.
- Before the first pick was known, Jesse Rogers noted that the Cubs' first rounder would be instantly thrust into the spotlight. What's the big deal? He's only got to follow Kris Bryant.
- The Cubs drafted mostly arms on day two of the draft.
- (Audio) Carlos Villanueva is the veteran down in the pen. He talked about the success of his young bullpenmates.
- Rick Renteria reflected on the passing of Don Zimmer.
- Anthony Rizzo's clutch play is leading the Cubs.
- Here's a bit more on the Blackhawks' day at Wrigley.
From the Chicago Tribune
- (Video) Some of the Blackhawks got the chance to hit at Wrigley on Friday, including Brian Bickell.
- (Video) In case you missed it, Jason McLeod talked about the team's first round pick.
- Dan Vogelbach's diet is finally paying off.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- Here's an example of why Gordo is so easy to despise - and dismiss. Following the Cubs' 5-4 win over the Mets, his conclusion from that game is that the recent play isn't helping next year's draft position. Go away, you troll.
From the Daily Herald
- The Blackhawks were really feeling the love at Wrigley.
- Marketing research was a big key to the Cubs' radio switch.
- Jason Hammel drew one of the month's wildest swings from Braves' outfielder Jason Heyward.
Today's food for thought
- The game Tetris turned 30. Yes, 30.
- Rare color footage and photos give D-Day a new look.
- This chart shows the events in an average life, week-by-week.