Happy Birthday Wrigley Field, you wear it well.
The Crosstown Classic started a little early this year. Yesterday it got heated up with the Cubs walloping the White Sox, 7-0. The unsung hero of the day was Cubs future utility guy, Luis Valbuena. He sent two into the stratosphere sending a message that this year’s Crosstown Classic will be owned by the Northsiders.
“I’m not really up on the White Sox-Cubbie history, even though I’ve heard it’s pretty intense, which is pretty cool,” Renteria said.
It’s very cool Rick and welcome to it. Having two teams in the same city is always exciting. It turns friends into rivals and President’s into comedians. When President Obama pinned the Medal of Freedom on Ernie Banks last November, he couldn’t help put a dig into the Cubs.
“Ernie became known as much for his 512 home runs, as for his cheer and his optimism and his eternal faith that someday the Cubs would go all the way,” he said. “That’s serious belief. That is something that even a White Sox fan like me can respect.”
Well, it’s going to take a lot more than optimism and faith for the Cubs to go all the way this year. The Cubs shouldn’t have too much trouble with the Chicago White Sucks this year(How’s that for a dig, Mr. President?) but the competition for the rotation has gotten more fierce with Chris Rusin after he had five scoreless innings while keeping the hits to a minimum.
“My confidence is very high,” Rusin said. “I had a great spring last year, too, but this year, to follow it up with another good spring, which is an important time for me, is big. I’ve just got to keep going, that’s all I can say about that.”
Which is just about all the Cubs can say about that. The rotation is up in the air with Samardzija trade rumours and Travis Wood, Jake Arrieta, Rusin and Carlos Villanueva all vying for a spot. The infield should be set if the Cubs do decide to ship out Darwin Barney and leave Mike Olt and Javier Baez in this year, but that rotation has to be figured out.