From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- Manny Ramirez is in Mesa with two primary goals in mind: Keep working hard and pass a lot knowledge on to the prospects.
- Theo Epstein said that the front office would be interested in having Sammy Sosa working with the team, but he also acknowleged that the decision to bring him back into the fold is being made by other parties.
- Those other parties include Tom Ricketts, who didn't seem to be in the mood to answer questions about a Sosa reunion and reported that there was nothing new to report.
- How's this for prospect love? This is a direct quote from Jim Callis: "I've been covering prospects for more than 25 years, and I've never seen a better collection of young hitting talent in one organization than the Cubs have right now."
- Joe Maddon is a big fan of music during batting practice. One of the albums of choice during the first full-squad workout: "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen.
- When not answering questions about a Sosa reunion, Tom Ricketts did mention one thing that he wanted to accomplish this year, and that was to treat Cub fans like gold.
- With Dr. Ken Ravizza and Josh Lifrak now working in the organization, the Cubs announced the establishment of a new mental skills program that Theo Epstein had been planning for the past year.
- While sympathizing with Blackhawks and Bulls fans about the recent injuries to Patrick Kane and Derrick Rose, Anthony Rizzo said that the potential for injury wouldn't cause him to change his approach.
- Rizzo would also like to see Sosa come back and still remembers watching the home run race of 1998 as a nine-year-old kid. All of a sudden I feel a lot older.
- If you pitched in four games, faced 18 batters, walked nine of them and hit seven of them, what would you do? That was the story of Daniel Bard in 2014, who then decided it was time to take a break by going on a trip to Europe and a really long bike ride.
- Or you could go the route of Starlin Castro, whose strength training includes running forward and backward with Mike Olt on his back. Better than the towel drills, I'd say.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Castro's also looking forward to playing for what could be the first winning team since his debut in 2010.
- Joe Maddon opened camp as he traditionally does -- by talking to the team on the field instead of in the locker room -- and his message was clear for the players: Be yourself, and don't worry about making mistakes.
- [VIDEO] Jay Crawford, Aaron Boone, and Tim Kurkjian were at the first full day of camp and discuss their thoughts what to expect from the Cubs this season.
- [VIDEO] The trio also discussed their players to watch in Spring Training.
- Here's more from the Tom Ricketts state-of-the-team address including analysis from Jesse Rogers.
- Terry Francona had accolades for the Cubs' front office on Monday, saying that his former bosses are too smart and work too hard to not figure it out. You may now Praise Theo.
- The value of Ernie Banks' estate is in dispute as attorneys for his former caregiver Regina Rice claimed that Banks had only $16,000 in assets at the time of his death.
From the Chicago Tribune via RedEye Chicago:
- More from the first day of camp from Paul Sullivan including the reveal of the first song played at workouts: "Voodoo Child" by Jimi Hendrix. Hollywood Hogan was not spotted making an entrance.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Gordon Wittenmyer reports on the money raised by Tom Ricketts from the sale of limited ownership shares to six investors, putting the total raised at $175 million according to sources.
- Rick Morrissey writes that regardless of all of the stories about players to watch in Spring Training, the one that stands tall above all of them is Kris Bryant.
From Cubs Den:
- In the face of the recent injuries to Derrick Rose and Patrick Kane, John Arguello examines the depth at each position for the Cubs to see how well (or not so well) they could withstand a long-term injury.
From Bleacher Nation:
- I said it before when Al did the Spring Training piece featuring Glenallen Hill and I'll say it again here: I could watch the video of the walk-off homer by Aramis Ramirez from June 29, 2007 over and over again and never get tired of it. The radio call is really darn good too.
- Brett Taylor looks in more depth at Joe Maddon's discussion of lineups and the possibility of pitchers batting in the eighth slot in the order.
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo released their organizational rankings on Tuesday with both agreeing that the Cubs, Twins, and Red Sox were in the top three. There was some disagreement over who was first for each of them, though.
- The Cubs are in the Rolling Stone. But for all of you Dr. Hook fans out there, you'll be disappointed to know that they didn't make the cover. Guess this means that the players won't be buying five copies for their mothers.
Today's food for thought:
- How did a man regain his sense of taste 30 years after losing it?
- There's apparently a mathematical formula that dictates how long your eyelashes are. There's apparently also a mathematical reason as to why you may want to avoid getting eyelash extensions.