We made it, Cubs fans: Welcome back to baseball

Today marks the first day until roughly October when we’ll have Chicago Cubs baseball almost every day. Sure, we’re still in the midst of yet another “POLAR VORTEX,” and people are staring at me for not wearing socks with my shoes. And sure, there’s the odd off-day every now and then, but, if we’re looking at the big picture, baseball is back. Amen for that.

jeffy2Rumors of Jeff Samardzija’s imminent departure have been swirling around again, but the sources I’ve talked to over the course of the last few days think it’s unlikely he’ll be moved before Opening Day. In addition to the Cubs’ asking price for Samardzija (which is said to sky high), Samardzija’s own list of demands is scaring teams off, afraid they won’t be able to reach a long-term deal with him.  Unless someone loses a big-time pitcher in Spring Training, I don’t expect much movement on this front until we get closer to the trade deadline in July.

When we talk about the next generation of Cubs, it seems we hear mostly about Javy Baez, Jorge Soler, and Kris Bryant. But you’ll be happy to know that the Cubs also have an Alberto Almora, and he deserves your love and devotion:

[T]he least of the Cubs’ concerns is the maturity of Almora, 19, who played for Team USA six times — including a tournament in Colombia at 17 after saying goodbye to his ill grandfather and losing both grandparents after his return.

“He’s an old soul in a young man’s body,” said Ana Almora, Albert’s mother. “Anyone can say they’re a great baseball player. Not many can say they’re a great man. He had those morals and principles at a young age.”

If the Cubs want to make an exception to their intention not to rush top prospects to the majors, a strong case can be made for the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Almora because of his maturity as well as his success.

Almora could start the season at Class A Daytona, where he likely would have finished 2013 had it not been for a groin injury. Injuries limited Almora to 61 games at Class A Kane County, where he batted .329 with a .376 on-base percentage.

“It probably will come down to performance,” said Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, fully aware of Almora’s international experience before the club selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft.

“He has a good head on his shoulders. It’s nice not to think about those things. But ultimately … he still has to go to a place and put up numbers to move up.”

It’s nice to have players with good heads on their shoulders, though, Jed. Because when people don’t have good heads on their shoulders, things like this happen.

Speaking of things happening, MLB took a break from paling around with Biogenesis and loving Mark McGwire but not ARod to do something decent. Yesterday, they issued this statement ahead of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s veto of the hateful SB 1062:

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Of course, this was inevitably followed by a bunch of mouth-breathers who presumably support discrimination in all its forms yelling “Why does baseball have to get into politics? This has nothing to do with baseball!” But I loved it.  You did something right, Bud.

So hey, we have baseball today! First pitch is at 2:05 pm CT on WGN tv.  Cubs’ “ace,” Jeff Samardzija is on the hill against the Diamondbacks. Lineups to come!

32 thoughts on “We made it, Cubs fans: Welcome back to baseball

  1. J says:

    did they lose yet?

  2. juliedicaro says:

    Not yet. We’ll let you know. FWIW, Hendricks retired all 8 batters he faced yesterday.

  3. Doc Blume says:

    You know, I wonder if the people of Arizona would discriminate against me because christianity forbids swearing and I swear on average of about 3 times a minute while I work at my desk.

  4. Doc Blume says:

    Yes, Julie, but remember, those batter were Cubs hitters, so that really isn’t anything to be too hopeful about.

  5. johnnywest333 says:

    True it was against Cubs hitters but he is our buddy so Cheers to you Kyle! :)

  6. Doc Blume says:

    Honestly, I don’t think I would even be that excited if I retired 8 straight Cubs hitters.

  7. johnnywest333 says:

    I think the only thing that might excite you is when you retire, period. :-P

  8. Doc Blume says:

    After the layoffs here at my office this week…I’ve been thinking a lot about retirement.

    That being said, I’m very excited for baseball today. I’m a Cubs fan, but I love baseball…all baseball. And I couldn’t be happier that baseball is starting up today. It makes the world a much happier and brighter place for me.

  9. johnnywest333 says:

    And Cheers to that Doc. I am a happy camper today too. I’m really looking forward to heading into Mesa tomorrow. I need my fix…

  10. juliedicaro says:

    I just re-upped my MLB audio prescription and i’m ready to go!

  11. johnnywest333 says:

    Where in the hell is the like button

  12. Doc Blume says:

    Yeah…that’s what I was thinking too.

  13. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I was sick last night, so was happy to see I can watch baseball. The Dodger fans in the house only could listen to the Dodgers game. I hope Cubs never go the Dodgers route,since L.A. Is now the largest city in the country to have zero ball games on free t.v.

  14. johnnywest333 says:

    Cubs lead 1-0 no outs bottom of 1st. Bonnifacio almost had an inside the park homerun. This dude can run fast.

  15. juliedicaro says:

    Bonifacio is already better than Barney.

  16. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Nice I memorium by WGN for those who passed. Well done…

  17. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Rentaria sounds full of energy…

  18. Doc Blume says:

    Cubs are winning. :)

    Tom Ricketts was obviously right about this team.

  19. Doc Blume says:

    “Rentaria sounds full of energy”

    Come about May 15th, he’ll be drinking from a flask in the dugout, rocking back and forth mumbling to himself.

  20. johnnywest333 says:

    Ha! 2-0 after 3

  21. johnnywest333 says:

    “Come about May 15th, he’ll be drinking from a flask in the dugout, rocking back and forth mumbling to himself.”

    ~ Lou Pinella

  22. Doc Blume says:

    I’m fine. Thanks for asking.

  23. Doc Blume says:

    I don’t know…I’ve actually lost my audio feed.

    Nick was obsessed with the clouds in the sky…so he really wasn’t telling us much about what was going on in the game.

  24. johnnywest333 says:

    Lost my audio feed too. It just came back on…

  25. johnnywest333 says:

    Cubs now trail 3-2 I have no idea what happened. :-/

  26. Doc Blume says:

    You have no idea what happened?

    What happened is that the Cubs are trying to play baseball. The fact they are losing is the logical result of that.

  27. Doc Blume says:

    I muted the game so I could listen to Julie on “The Game”.

  28. sloanpeterson2 says:

    So did Julie say what happened?i had to go to the store and Theo was there. I came back, and the Cubs are losing and someone else is talking….

  29. johnnywest333 says:

    Cubs lose :( 5-2

  30. juliedicaro says:

    I told you guys “Veras” was too close to “Veres.”

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