angry-mob2A reminder: I’ll be at the Cubs’ home opener tomorrow – before, during, and after the game – and I’d love to meet up with any and all of you who will be in Wrigleyville.

Also, a tease: the minor league seasons open up today, and in celebration, there’s a very special, enormous top prospects list dropping later today …

  • Remember that expanded free parking lot and shuttle the Cubs are doing this season (something they were required to do as part of City Council’s approval of the Wrigley Field renovation and development plan)? Proof that no good act goes unpunished – or, perhaps, that there are enough people in the world that you can always find someone to bitch about everything – the Cubs were lambasted by some residents in the area of the parking lot (DNAinfo). As with virtually everything related to the renovation, I’m pretty sure this is much ado about nothing, but these folks won’t see it for themselves until the games actually start. And lest you think I’m speaking out of my depth, here’s BN’er Adam, who lives in the area, discussing the issue on Twitter. The money quote:

  • You can read the game recap for last night’s game over at MLB.com, which features the standard quotes from the involved players/manager. There really isn’t too much you can say after a loss like that (and one the game before) other than the standard stuff: keep playing hard, stay positive, etc.
  • Good news on the rehabilitation front: Jake Arrieta will start for the Tennessee Smokies on Saturday, per Carrie Muskat. It’s his first minor league rehab start (shoulder stiffness), and he’ll probably do two or three thereafter. That puts him on pace to return in the April 20 to 25 range, which means it’s been a conservative process for Arrieta, but that’s fine, long-term.
  • Ricky Renteria tells CSN that, despite early signals, Darwin Barney isn’t part of a strict platoon just yet (a strict platoon would have Barney starting only against lefties). Things are still in a mix-and-match mode.
  • BN’er Dylan Heuer is a fan-freaking-tastic photographer, and he was at the Iowa Cubs’ media workout yesterday, snapping some incredible pictures. View them rapidly. Side note: first baseman Lars Anderson could not possibly look more like a dude named Lars.
  • Ryan Kalish got a little discussion from BA in their top 10 roster surprises.


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