The Little Boy was slightly more into his first birthday cake than was The Little Girl, but he mostly just wanted to feed chunks of it to The Wife. That was kind of funny.
- Hey, Punxsutawney Phil: F*** you. The weather in Columbus is a winter nightmare on March 2, imperiling my flight out to Spring Training tomorrow morning. Hopefully, worst case scenario, I’m delayed by a day. Even that will make me angry at the little rodent that said this was coming.
- Speaking of horrible weather, the Cubs saw quite a bit of it yesterday in the form of rainstorms that washed out both games they were to play (early Spring split-squad days are chock full of prospects, so of course both games would get rained out). Interestingly, a report out of San Francisco regarding the cancelled early game at Cubs Park appears to be highly critical of the grounds/grounds crew in getting the game ready for play. According to the CSN Bay Area report, the tarp wasn’t removed properly from the field, leading to excess water in the outfield. The rain had otherwise stopped in time for the game, and the Giants were apparently angry that it wasn’t able to be played. Not sure if the CSN Bay Area report is accurate, but I’d imagine the Cubs weren’t too happy about losing revenue to a rare Arizona rainout, either. None of the Chicago reports mention any tarp-related troubles, so it’s possible the CSN Bay Area report goes a bit too far.
- It sounds like Rick Renteria believes Junior Lake is continuing to improve in the outfield, and looks good shagging during BP, if nothing else. RR isn’t committing to a specific position yet for Lake, though, and it may well be the case that Lake moves around when the season starts.
- Jeff Samardzija has been impressed with how the Cubs’ parade of top prospects have handled themselves so far this Spring, not only showing great ability, but a great desire to learn. More from Samardzija on the prospect crew here.
- Patrick Mooney on Dale Sveum’s new life, and how he is still well-received by Cubs players.