Spring Training Miscellany: It Was Just Nice to Have Baseball Back

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Spring Training Miscellany: It Was Just Nice to Have Baseball Back

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Baseball is back. That’s the key thing, right? We’re not worried, right?

I kid, I kid. The results of a couple split-squad 7-inning games on the first day of Spring Training tells you absolutely nothing. So it actually is true that it’s just nice to have baseball back. Cubs lost the Camelback game 5-2, and lost the Sloan game 4-3. Not much in the way of highlights or notable performances, but I was happy to be in the moment. If you’d told me last Wednesday that I’d be sitting here on the following Thursday flipping back and forth between two games, I never would’ve believed it.

It was nice to see Kyle Hendricks out there again, because it’s simply enjoyable to see Hendricks on the mound in a Cubs cap (albeit green for the holiday):

It was nice to see Cubs prospects in the flesh:

Nice to see the return of action shots:

Cubs first rounder Jordan Wicks got an inning, and although he was overthrowing the fastball quite a bit (hyped), the sweeping slider was looking nasty:

Wicks struck out two and walked one in his scoreless inning. Can’t wait to see how he fares this year at … Double-A Tennessee, I suspect?

He was safe:

Back-up, back-up catcher John Hicks hit the Cubs’ first homer of the Spring:

Kevin Made got the start in the game at Camelback:

Ben Holmes (a 30-year-old lefty at Iowa that the Cubs have worked with on a reclamation basis last year and this offseason), got the start at Camelback and gave up a trio of homers:

Willson Contreras didn’t play today, but he was taking care of the fans:

The Cubs were decked out in gear from our friends at Obvious Shirts before the game, celebrating the trio of nice things today:



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.