Junior Lake Powers Cubs Past Athletics

Chicago Cubs Photo Day

I have a confession to make. A long time ago, I used to be a fan of the Oakland Athletics. Going way back to the Bash Brothers, Jose Canseco and Mark McGuire and we all know how that turned out, don’t we?

A little part of me was sad that the Cubs put those baseball dancing elephants out of their misery yesterday, with a 10-6 drubbing. Then again, Junior Lake crushed three balls too.

If any of you were waiting for Junior to wake up and get going, yesterday was that day and as Spring Training winds down and fans everywhere kick that squirrel out of the BBQ and to the curb, the Cubs are carefully trimming their roster with releases to Neil Ramirez and Tsuyoshi Wada. Yup, the Cubs are getting it going.

There are certain questions that need answering. Will Starlin Castro be ready for Opening Day? Should Jeff Samardzija, Nate Schierholtz and Darwin Barney get served their walking papers and what will the rotation look like come that unofficial spring holiday, which by the way garnered enough signatures to be sent to the White House for consideration. There’s also the uncertainty of Mike Olt at third base.

Anyway you slice it, the Cubs are looking better than the rebuilding project that everyone claims they’re going through, but not quite the team that they want to be at.

Believe It.

—Mark Gauthier

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