Was everyone glued to their MLB.TV? Yeah, I thought so too. Hey, congratulations to Kyle Schwarber hitting that grand slammer on his birthday. If that isn’t karma, I don’t know what is.
Now, I have to say that even though the Cubs were up 5-0, there’s a reason why the Giants are the champions. Yeah, yeah, it’s spring training but sometimes these victories sow the seeds of the season to come? Perhaps?
What do you think of Dexter Fowler’s grievance towards switch pitcher, Pat Venditte? Yeah, I think he’s got something there. I’d be a little irked as well changing my stance and helmet.
“You’re on deck, so you’re swinging for whatever he’s doing,” Fowler said. “I was swinging left-handed because he was throwing right-handed, and then he gets up there and switches.”
Another scenario is Mike Olt. He got a homer in the first game and I really hope he keeps it up. I like the guy and the competition at third is fierce. Should the Cubs have to deal Olt to make room for Bryant, they’ll have some good trade bait, but on the other hand if they can put Bryant at another position and keep Olt that would be better. A couple of years ago, the Cubs would only dream of having this problem, right?
As for the fifth spot in the rotation, I’m really thinking it should go to Travis Wood.
“You always learn more when you fail than when you succeed, and I learned a lot last year about how to go about when you fail, picking yourself back up and getting back after it,” Wood said. “That’s what we took into the offseason.”
The Cubs wore commemorative caps with #14 on them in tribute to baseball and Cubs legend Ernie Banks.
It’s only the first game but so far the Chicago Cubs are looking great. Today, marks the debut of ace Jon Lester against the Cincinnati Reds. Game time is 3:05 eastern.
“It was just a really nice wonderful first day,” Maddon said.