From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- Joe Girardi was on the Kap and Haugh Show on Monday and was asked what the reaction would be when the Cubs win the World Series (not if, but when). His answer: There's going to be a lot of people dancing in heaven once it happens.
- In case you missed Al's story on it, Bob Costas also joined Kap and Haugh on Monday to share his memories of Ernie Banks and had an idea of how to truly honor him: Have the Cubs and Cardinals play a true doubleheader, not the day-night version, and have every player who was associated with Banks in any way show up. That would be pretty cool. Logistically probably close to impossible, but pretty cool.
From CBS Chicago:
- For those of you interested in hearing the Cubs in Spring Training games, WBBM radio announced their Spring Training broadcast schedule that will feature eight games against the Rockies (twice), Rangers, Brewers, Reds, Mariners, Padres, and Royals.
From the Chicago Tribune via RedEye Chicago:
- What would it be like to have Ernie Banks as your dad? Joey Banks can give you the answer.
- Paul Sullivan looks at ways that the Cubs can honor Banks this year, including the previously mentioned 'Let's Play Two' Day.
From Cubs Den:
- Joe Maddon traveled to Puerto Rico to watch Javier Baez in action over the weekend. What did Maddon want to see? Above all else, he wanted to see Baez smile.
- Will the Cubs open the checkbook on another top-tier pitcher next offseason?
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- The ZiPS projections for the 2015 Cubs were released last Friday. Some of them looked pretty good; others, not so much.
- The Cubs' marketing campaign for 2015 is summed up in two simple words: Let's Go.
- It seems like Steve Phillips and Todd Hollandsworth from MLB Network Radio have talked with everyone from the Cubs this offseason. The Wednesday before the Cubs convention, it was Jake Arrieta's turn.
- In case you missed it at the convention, Ryan Dempster gave a nod to David Letterman with his Top Ten Reasons Why the Cubs Hired Joe Maddon.
From Cubbies Crib:
- Nicholas Blazek explores the possibility of both Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara starting the season at Triple-A Iowa.
- Dan Vogelbach was ranked eighth in a list of the top ten first base prospects by MLB Pipeline. Kyle Schwarber was also ranked third among catcher prospects.
From Chicago Cubs 101:
- This week's Bold Prediction from Tim Duxbury: The 2015 Cubs' starting rotation will be bitten by the injury bug.
From Cubs Insider:
- The team at Cubs Insider sat down for a conversation with Len Kasper.
- Nate Schmidt takes a look at the splits for Jon Lester and finds something to be very optimistic about: a track record of outstanding consistency.
Today's food for thought:
- You probably wouldn't want to be known as the guy who accidentally knocked the beard off of the burial mask of King Tut. The good news is that a German restoration specialist says that it can probably be fixed.
- Perhaps I shouldn't have given up French in high school: Research shows that there are cognitive advantages to speaking more than one language.