It’s one of those days where an early-morning phone call that I wasn’t quite expecting threw my day totally out of whack. We may find out some more about what The Littlest Girl is dealing with soon, so I’ll be doing a lot of focused breathing today.
- The alderman for the Cubs’ ward, Tom Tunney, is beefing with the team again, this time over a tent that covers the players’ parking lot across Waveland from Wrigley. For the past three years, the Cubs have sought a permit for the tent without issue, as it provides cover for the players and their families getting in and out of Wrigley Field (sure, they want some fan interaction, but they also want to be able to live their lives). This time around, Tunney is opposing the permit, according to the Sun-Times, based on the complaints of nearby neighbors who say they have problems accessing their garages, are bothered by the noise the tent creates on windy days, and don’t like how it looks. Given how this front office has worked hard to make the Cubs the class of the league when it comes to taking care of players and their families, you can bet they will fight hard to ensure that the tent stays. More on the beef and the Cubs’ response here at the Sun-Times.
- Addison Russell’s shoulder is feeling good this spring, which is a nice sign after it was something of a nagging issue last year (Tribune). Russell has been working with new coach Brian Butterfield on, among other things, cleaning up some footwork things that will directly help his throwing. That’s not to say Russell has bad footwork, but there are things that can be done to help him with his throws, and it sounds like it was not something he was instructed to work on before. So, well done, Mr. Butterfield.
- Javy Baez (hamstring) will hopefully be returning to spring action tomorrow or Saturday. Elsewhere on the injury front, Pedro Strop (calf, sickness) may see his first action of the spring this weekend, and Victor Caratini is day-to-day with a sore knee after taking a hard slide from Austin Jackson (Cubs.com).
- Ian Happ is becoming a wine connoisseur (Cubs.com).
- With yesterday’s nationwide student walk out to call further attention to the problem of gun violence, we are reminded that Anthony Rizzo has a particular connection to what’s going on right now:
— NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSChicago) March 14, 2018
- Joe Maddon also commented on the student protests, telling the Sun-Times that the young people deserve to be heard.
- Meanwhile, that’s a good looking picture:
- I was on the Cubs Den’s podcast yesterday, if you want to give it a listen.
- A whole bunch of officially official signings by the Bears and players released by the Bears.
- The MLB Shop just flipped a bunch of additional stuff to clearance, so check out the Cubs gear here.
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) March 15, 2018