Cubs Spring Training, the experiment begins
It’s time for spring training folks and with it hope springs eternal for Cub fans even if this year already has a “wait until next year” feel to it.
The most active and futile franchise in baseball met in Mesa with pitchers and catchers arriving Saturday with questions firmly in tow. It’s hard to know just what to expect from the Cubs this season. As Theo the mad scientist unveils the building blocks for his recipe for destructing 100 years of ineptitude we watch wondering will he be greeted as a genius or nixed as another North Side casualty. For fans the new face from New England means it’s no longer “if” but “when”. Now the question is “when” will we get an answer?
Manager Dale Svuem perhaps said it best: The Cubs aren’t rebuilding. They’re building. Most of the new faces are coming are so new they’ll need name tags. Their slugger of the future—Anthony Rizzo will likely start this season in AAA. He’s expected to one day take over first base in a tortoise-like progression from Bryan LaHair. The team’s ace pitcher Matt Garza is still reportedly being dangled on the end of a hook while they team flirts with a six-man rotation coming in with Jeff Samardzija being worked into the mix.
To quote a former great Chicago sportscaster the Cubs have more if’s than a Rudyard Kipling novel.
So the Cubs in 2012 are the beginning of an experiment. Like watching the fermentation of a potentially fine wine. Will “Mad Dog” Jed Hoyer have the 20/20 vision that makes Cub fans drunk with euphoria or sick again like so many years?
No one knows the answer. One things for certain, Cub fans will be along for the ride—which officially begins on Saturday.