It was a busy and fun weekend in the Cubs’ world, so you’re going to want to peruse the headlines to catch yourself up if you were out.
Friday, March 24
- The Cubs have the best fifth starter in baseball again this year.
- Kris Bryant is a too-good-to-be-true story, but it’s all true.
- For fun(?), I looked at the Cubs’ opening day lineups throughout the rebuilding process.
- The Cubs revealed their gold uniforms and caps on Friday, which they’ll wear for the home opener.
- There is one offensive thing the Cubs do really poorly, but it’s OK!
- The Cubs can actually pay attention to the top prospects in the draft this year, since they’ve got two top 30 picks.
- Also from the MLBits, Pirates third baseman Jung-Ho Kang was denied a visa to come to the US, which puts his season in jeopardy.
- The Cubs lost to the Indians Friday, though Ian Happ homered again and Kyle Schwarber caught in a minor league game. Albert Almora gave us a scare leaving early, but he was fine.
Saturday, March 25
- Luke wrote up an infield prospect about whom you may not have heard too much, Jason Vosler.
- Among Saturday’s Bullets, Mike Montgomery’s reaction to being put in the bullpen to start the season was exactly what you’d hope to hear.
- Two more young players reportedly agreed to long-term extensions around baseball: Rougned Odor and Jose Ramirez.
- The Cubs split their split-squad day, with plenty to discuss about the games.
- One specific from the games? There was a 10-minute stretch where, between the two games, FOUR CUBS homered in rapid-fire succession.
- The big rumor/news from Saturday was a report that, not only is there possible interest out there in Matt Szczur, but the Cubs are actively shopping him.
Sunday, March 26
- Michael ranked 20 baseball movies he watched in a single month.
- Among Sunday’s Bullets, Tommy La Stella has reportedly confirmed that, yes, if he’s optioned to AAA Iowa at the end of Spring, he will go this time.
- The Cubs didn’t win both of their games on Sunday either, but they once again romped the Reds in Las Vegas. Except this time, it started with a huge first inning, and didn’t let up from there.
- Not only did the Cubs embarrass the Reds in the final score, there was also the indignity of John Andreoli throwing out a runner at first base from the outfield.
- Among the BIF bits from the weekend is one that is actually baseball-news relevant: the Indians’ GM’s six-year-old son may have spilled the beans on a possible Francisco Lindor extension.
- And, a reminder that these babies came out this weekend – it’s what the Cubs will be wearing to open up the season in celebration of the championship: