After yesterday’s madness at Cubs camp, the beat marches on a little more normally today. Well, normally, plus Shane Victorino, whom the Cubs signed to a minor league deal, and who is now in camp.

There was more live batting practice today, including the Cy Young winner, himself, Jake Arrieta facing hitters.

Pitchers have an advantage at the start of the spring as it is, so this is really just unfair:

From the hitter side of things:

You can watch a little Jason Heyward BP:

New pitcher Aaron Brooks is in camp:

Meanwhile, just down the road in Mesa …

And this is a very good ticket ad by the Cubs right here – everyone knows it’s an ad, but you still want to watch it several times, and it makes you chuckle:

More stray fun from Jason Hammel and “big bear” Anthony Rizzo:

And then this. Holy crap this. If you get the reference, you will die laughing. If you do not get it, you might still kinda die:




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