Happy Valentine’s Day, friends. Here’s a stale, heart-shaped piece of chalk with Cubbie Wuvvie written on it in red ink of a questionable origin. Enjoy!
- Of all the things about which to fight, the final remains and resting place of a deceased loved one is probably among the most uncomfortable (and, in some ways, understandable). Unfortunately, that’s what’s happening right now with the body of Ernie Banks, who passed away last month. According to reports, Banks’ estranged wife has gone to court to prevent his body from being cremated. Banks is said to have wanted his ashes to be scattered at Wrigley Field, and the purported executor of his estate is seeking to have his body cremated. In Banks’ documentation, he reportedly did not explicitly request to be cremated and scattered, which is likely the crux of the dispute. It’s a potentially ugly end to an already sad story, and hopefully it can be resolved peacefully. Let this stand as a reminder to all of you to make sure you have your affairs in order, just in case.
- Mark Gonzales takes a crack at identifying the locks, the likelys, and the longshots on the Cubs’ roster out of Spring Training, and I think I agree with most of his assessments. The most surprising/interesting bit is his placement of Justin Grimm in only the middle category, not the lock category, and his comment that Grimm has “attracted interest from other teams.” I certainly don’t think the Cubs are going to unload Grimm just to solve a roster glut – he’s too good – but, with interested teams, you never know how things might shake out in Spring Training.
- Gordon Wittenmyer writes about a few storylines heading into Spring Training, and, among them, he’s pegging Kris Bryant’s arrival in early May. If there was ever an event begging for a pool where you pick dates, this is it. Give me April 24 in Cincinnati. (No, seriously, Cubs: give me April 24 in Cincinnati, because I will be right there at a moment’s notice.)
- In the wake of the latest rooftop lawsuit filing (the request for a temporary restraining order against construction of the signage), the Tribune offers a handy visual look at the various rooftops and how they would be impacted by the proposed signs.
- A handful of fantasy-related Cubs questions heading into the season over at Yahoo.
- More on Jon Lester’s hopefully-a-sign-of-good-luck hole in one over at Cubs.com.
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