Springing Forward

I can already tell that I’m going to run out of quotes and clever post titles with “spring” in them before I run out of spring training related posts. Blogging… don’t let anyone tell you it’s an easy life, kids.

In any case, here are my latest commentaries on all things Cub.

Intrasquad Games: The great thing about intrasquad games is that it’s impossible for the Cubs to lose. Of course, it’s impossible for them to win, too, but that’s a small detail that I am personally willing to accept.
So far, the victories have all lain with the hitters (though they had help from some interesting wind conditions, from what I hear.) Brett Jackson has been showing his mettle, hitting jacks and doubles all over the place, as has FBB-favorite Matt Szczur, who scored from second base on a sacrifice fly (it may have been due to right-fielder David DeJesus’s having got his hand stuck in a chain-link fence, but still…) AND hit a grand slam. You go, Matt.

“Real” Games: The Cubbies played their first “real” match-up of the spring yesterday afternoon, against the A’s. Of course, these games are not REALLY real, but they are more real than intrasquad affairs.
The farmboys showed up the veterans in this match-up. The same thing sort of happened in the intrasquad games, and I am delighted. Watching the youngsters have success is a joy to behold, even in the preseason. Outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha, one of several Cubs prospects who hails from South Korea, knocked in 2 runs with a triple. Infielder Adrian Cardenas (of whom I have no further knowledge to offer as of now) drove in three with a home run in the 6th inning. Keep up the good work, kids!
In the end, the A’s came out on top with a very typical Spring score of 12-10. Fortunately, as it IS the spring, we have no reason to care for scores or outcomes. We can just be happy that baseball, once again, is.

Bunt Tourney Update: Dale Sveum has pulled off a couple of upsets, defeating Kerry Wood and favorite Ryan Dempster respectively in the first two rounds. There are just sixteen competitors remaining, now, and it’s hard to say who will come out on top. I can’t see a clear-cut favorite anymore, especially not the way things have gone so far. Pretty much all the guys we assumed would excell have been eliminated.
The sweet 16 match-ups, as per Carrie Muskat, are as follows:
Jeff Beliveau vs. Trey McNutt

Chris Rusin vs. Casey Coleman

Jeff Samardzija vs. Randy Wells

Paul Maholm vs. Dale Sveum

Adrian Cardenas vs. Blake Lalli

Welington Castillo vs. Steve Clevenger

Joe Mather vs. Starlin Castro

Jeff Baker vs. David DeJesus

I’m going to be super random and pick Chris Rusin to go all the way. I think he’s crafty enough to pull it out. On a side note, I’ve been meaning to dedicate a Farm Boy Files post to Chris for at least a year. Hopefully I’ll get that done one of these days.

Dale Sveum celebrates his victory over Kerry Wood.

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