Watch the Alt Site Cubs Today, Vaccination Efforts on the Cubs, Kimbrel, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Watch the Alt Site Cubs Today, Vaccination Efforts on the Cubs, Kimbrel, and Other Cubs Bullets

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The family stuff today is LOADED so I’m way behind and sprinting to get through these Bullets.

•   Before the big league team takes on the Pirates at 5:30pm CT, you can watch the Cubs’ alt site squad play a game today:

•   Of note there, Austin Romine is catching (and his brother plays second!), so he must be getting close to returning from his knee injury. Miguel Amaya handles first base so that he can be in the lineup, and Cory Abbott gets the equivalent Triple-A start.

•   I wonder if first base coach Craig Driver testing positive for COVID-19, which means, even if he’s otherwise healthy, he can’t be with the team, will impact the Cubs’ efforts to get players and other personnel to just get the dang vaccine:

•   According to NBC, only the Cardinals have reached the 85% threshold of vaccinations needed to relax protocols (including, for an important example, the ability to have families travel on the road with the players and staff). David Ross says the team is getting closer to the mark, but there’s still a number of guys who are resistant: “What I would say is everyone is getting educated on the vaccine, and the docs are having conversations daily. This is an individual choice, and every individual feels differently about it, for different reasons you’re finding out. These guys are kind of going back and forth. Some guys were hard-nosed early and they’ve come around, and some guys are still getting information.” Hopefully the information is coming from medical and epidemiological experts and not some yahoo with a YouTube channel.

•   This is doubly great on the Cubs’ minor leaguers at spring training in Arizona:

•   These Craig Kimbrel GIFs say so much:

•   Sure enough, Kolten Wong’s oblique injury sends him to the Injured List (replaced by Jace Peterson), so he’ll miss the upcoming Cubs series, at a minimum.

•   Who knew the Cubs were trading the Padres a guaranteed no-hitter (in addition to Yu Darvish):

•   The Dodgers got their World Series rings, and I think it looks pretty good. Maybe number two behind the Cubs:

•   Follow BN Cubs for the FACTS:

•   This is art. I want the NFT:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.