This might become a regular feature when there are articles of note that do not merit their own, separate write-up, and where there are points I’d like to make about the previous day’s game. Let me know what you think.
- Carlos Pena says former and current teammate Matt Garza’s intensity, which rivals Carlos Zambrano’s, is a good thing, because Garza has learned to control it. ‘‘It is his desire to just absolutely beat down the other team, and he goes out there with that desire every single day. Fans are going to love him because of that. And obviously he wants the best results, and he knows that for him to achieve that, he’s going to have to become the master of himself first. He’s in an awesome place. And I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet.’’
- Speaking of Pena, did you like his bunt attempt with the massive shift on? I did – and the good news is, he considers that a weapon in his arsenal. If he could get good at it – remember, the massive shift against him only became so massive and consistent last season – it could prove incredibly useful. The threat of it, alone, could cause some defensive issues.
- Mike Quade likes to hear “Go Cubs Go” at the end of the game. Obviously that’s mostly because it is preceding by a win, but still, as a fan, I think that’s kind of cool (sorry to the Goodman hataaas).
- Cubs GM Jim Hendry shares his thoughts on the new look NL Central, and speaks to his Cubs’ chances: