Baseball players are supposed to know all the fundamentals by the time they get to the big leagues.
Hit the cutoff man, set your feet before making a throw (if possible), use two hands on a fly ball, round the inside corner of the bag to cut down on resistance and the time it takes to get from one base to the next. You know, that kind of stuff.
Spring camp serves as a reminder for these men making millions upon millions of dollars. First-year manager Dale Sveum took things a step further in trying to get his players to run the bases the right way.
He spray-painted a blue square on the corner of the otherwise-white bag, indicating where each runner should hit with his foot as he rounds the bases.
This isn't a ground-breaking move by any means. Baseball coaches have been doing something along these lines for years. What's funny is it's probably used more for Little League players than MLB guys.
But hey, any reminder is helpful, right? It's just more proof the Cubs are going to get back to the basics, something this organization desperately needed.
Check out the photo on the right, as well as an entire gallery from CSN's David Kaplan, who is down in Arizona right now. The photos are great, ranging from Kerry Wood facing off against Sveum in the bunting competition to Rick Sutcliffe throwing batting practice to a couple Theo sightings.
In terms of overall satisfaction for a fanbase in total, it'd be hard for any team could beat the Cubs' faithful right now.
Ending a 108-year drought will make even the most pessimistic of fans ecstatic.
So it's no surprise Wrigley Field would be considered one of the happiest places on Earth.
To counteract "Blue Monday," CNN discussed 15 of the world's happiest places and Wrigley was included.
But the kicker is — CNN doesn't even mention the World Series championship.
Here's the rationale:
"Wrigley Field, on a warm summer night when the breeze off Lake Michigan makes the flags flutter and your cheeks flush with relief from the damp heat.
"No matter where you sit, you are close to the field, which makes you feel both the intimacy of the game and the immensity of it.
"The players, standing just feet away from you, feel like giants. And the vendors in the stands hawking hot dogs and beers and Italian ice really are a study in that particular species of Chicago native."
Don't know many people who would argue with that.
The only other American location on the list was Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn in Owensboro, Kentucky.
Other worldwide locations include Bangkok, Japan, New Zealand and Copenhagen.
Jon Lester didn't make any sort of statement by missing Monday's White House trip with his Cubs teammates. But at a polarizing moment in a divided country, a high-profile player on a World Series team felt the need to respond on social media and explain his absence from the championship ceremony.
President Barack Obama name-checked Lester during his East Room speech – both for his spectacular pitching performance and beat-cancer charitable initiatives – as the Cubs continued their victory tour off the franchise's first World Series title since Theodore Roosevelt lived in the White House.
Lester stood behind Obama when the 2013 Boston Red Sox were honored on the South Lawn. During that 2014 ceremony, Lester stood next to John Lackey, another Cub who missed this Washington trip. Lester also toured George W. Bush's White House with Boston's 2007 championship team.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day – and with the specter of Donald Trump's inauguration looming – Obama used his administration's final official White House event to draw a direct line between him and Jackie Robinson and highlight the connective power of sports.
"The best part was the president talking about how sports brings people together," All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo said, "how no matter what's going on in this country and the world, three or four hours of any one particular game can just rally so many people together."
This team couldn't have created so much joy for generations of fans without Lester, who signed a $155 million contract with the last-place Cubs after the 2014 season, a transformational moment during the long rebuild that led to the White House trip that Obama never thought would happen.
"It was a thrill and an honor for all of us," team president Theo Epstein said. "It means so much more with his roots in Chicago and his final days in office. It couldn't have worked out any better. It's something we'll all remember for our whole lives."