Welcome to March. The current Wrigleyville temperature is 19 degrees with a wind chill of seven degrees. The forecast calls for up to half a foot of snow this evening. Meanwhile, in a warmer land to the west, the Cubs have compiled an 0-2 record after two spring training games. Despite the balmy temperatures in Mesa, Arizona, a torrential rain storm has delayed the start of this morning’s Cubs’ game. While it’s debatable whether this is good news for the Cubs, the rain comes as a welcome surprise for Arizona, which is in the midst of its worst drought in over 100 years. Given the lack of news on the field today, let’s take a look at a few news stories from this past week along with random Cubs’ references in the media.
Cub news recap from last week:
- As reported last week, Starlin Castro arrived at spring training in good shape. This week, Carrie Muscat wrote about Castro’s renewed emphasis on defense.
- Jeff Samardzija compares Cubs’ prospects to football recruits from his Notre Dame days.
- Bruce Miles examines Nate Schierholtz’s strengths and weaknesses and discusses Cub outfield prospect Jorge Soler.
Random Cubs’ media notes:
- When the Chicago Cubs last won the World Series, the Ottoman Empire still existed.
- According to a local Chicago media source, Theo Epstein ranks as one of the 100 most influential Chicagoans, but he made no political contributions last year.
- The old Wrigley gum factory was demolished this week: better the factory than the ballpark.
- Today marks the 100th anniversary of Harry Caray’s birth.