Chicago Cubs pitchers and catchers do not officially report to Spring Training until tomorrow, but, as is usually the case, a whole bunch of guys are already there in Mesa, Arizona.

So … that means it’s time for the first Spring Training Miscellany of the year! It’s officially time for baseball! Like, for real. Woohoo! Well, kinda-sorta-baseball anyway.

  • Let’s start with some drills:

  • Here are some other shots from today:

  • Looks like Kyle Hendricks and Justin Grimm are putting in some early work:

  • And did you happen to catch that awesome last picture? This one:

  • Now that is a mural if I’ve ever seen one.
  • The new guy in camp is looking downright terrifying – perfect for ninth inning, right?

  • At the Chicago Tribune, John J. Kim shares an excellent album of shots from today’s unofficial first day of camp. Among the highlights, you’ll see Willson Contreras looking ready to go, Rob Zastryzny sporting some “W” socks, Chris Bosio looking over his boys, and Theo Epstein entering the parking lot like a BOSS.
  • Also, Jake Arrieta’s beard is back in full bloom. So no worries there.


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