Cubs’ Odds and Ends

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.

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