hohokam-park-signIt’s the first CSN game of the Spring, which reminds me of a point: I understand that, for production reasons, it makes more sense for television broadcasts to ramp up later in the Spring. But if you guys want better ratings, and want to better serve your audience, you’ll start showing more of the early Spring games. Not only is that when folks are *ravenous* for baseball action (it wanes by the end of March, because the idea that it’s all fake starts to overwhelm the desire for baseball, especially when “real” baseball is right around the corner), but it’s also when folks would get to see more of the interesting prospect-y type players.

Travis Wood gets the start today against the Giants, and you can also catch audio of the game online at Cubs.com/MLB.com. The game is on MLB.tv, obviously, in addition to CSN, and will be replayed on MLB Network at 6am CT.

The lineup, which includes Steve Clevenger at first base (Dale Sveum today hinted that Clevenger is going to win the final bench job):

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Brent Lillibridge, SS

3. Steve Clevenger, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Dioner Navarro, C

7. Luis Valbuena, 3B

8. Alberto Gonzalez, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • DarthHater

    You are totally right about broadcasting the early spring games, Bert. I was psyched early on, but by the last week of March, I just want the exhibition season to be over.

  • Seth

    I think you are spot on Brett. When watching spring games my anticipation is the greatest at the start of ST. Also, I much rather see the prospects and such that are in the lineups at the beginning of ST, don’t really get the chance to see them now.

    • Spencer

      There are a lot of people that don’t share that sentiment about prospects, though, and would rather see regular, every day players instead.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I tend to think the kinds of people who take in lots of Spring Training games on TV skew toward the “harder core” fans, and that means interest in prospects. That’s just my sense.

        • Thom

          Agree, especially since the ML level team is not playoff caliber, I would submit even the more casual fan is likely more interested in what the future looks like than they would be if this team was poised to be competitive.

    • cubfanincardinalland

      Anybody who has ever been to a spring training game in person, the bloom kind of comes off the rose. The veterans really could give a damn, just trying to get it over to get to the fishing spot or the golf course. To have it as long as it was this year is ridiculous, and about the money as usual.

      • hansman1982

        I guess since the WBC is about getting more fans into the sport around the world which will increase revenue…then yes, the longer ST this year was about the money.

  • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

    The anticipation that real baseball is just around the corner is a myth. See the Loch Ness monster has a higher probality.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Fortunately, you aren’t required to watch.

      • hansman1982

        Or maybe that is why he is so grumpy. Someone has him tied to a chair and he can only watch games where the Cubs lose.

        • DarthHater


      • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

        I really don’t watch much as kasper is one of the worst announcer in baseball and to mute him takes away the sound of the bat and the crowd noise that adds to the flavor of the games. Now if Harry was announcing then you don’t want to miss anything. Santo was great on the radio as well. Certainly miss him.

        I’m not one of those people that has to like everything about the cubs just because they are associated with the cubs I’m not a blind loyalists.

        • Timothy Scarbrough

          You should phrase everything you say with “I really don’t watch much”

        • Cyranojoe

          Len one of the worst announcers in baseball?

          I… almost have no words. I mean, I don’t think he’s perfect by any means, but jeeze… his voice is enough that my wife, who LOATHES baseball, is almost willing to at least listen to a game with me.

          And then when I compare Len to the truly awful, toneless and brainless announcers out there… woof. Yeah, he’s not as much fun as Harry, but he’s not supposed to be! Harry was the color man. Ditto for Santo. That’s like saying the straight man in a comedic duo isn’t as funny as the goofball. LOL.

  • Alex

    In the network of Reinsdorf and Corno, the Cubs will never be a priority.

  • Coldneck

    That lineup is pure shit. Scary thing is we’ll probably see something like it in July, sans Gonzalez, of course.

    • Coldneck

      Yes, It becomes terrible instead of pure shit when you add Castro and Rizzo. I don’t think Castillo and Barney add anything to the order, however. For this team to be competitive we need a compete surprise out of 3b – somethink like Stewart returning in May and hitting 20 HR, Soriano to repeat 2013, and Scheirholz/Sappelt to hit 30 HR. In other words, we’ll win 70 games if our pitching isn’t terrible.

  • BFulp12

    Not too bad when you add Castro, Rizzo, Castillo and Barney to the lineup.

    • brickhouse

      It is still one of the worst offenses in baseball. The lineup still needs a lot to be competitive

  • Segal27

    I’m at the game today and its really hot, so that is a thing.

    • Drew7

      Sure beats the foot of snow we got last night.

  • Saving grace

    Clevenger wins final bench spot