Bricks & Ivy: Opening Day Starring Starlin?

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Bricks & Ivy: Opening Day Starring Starlin?

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010
2:41 PM

by Luke Stuckmeyer
CSNChicago.com

It's come to this. Twittering managers. I thought 10 distinguished journalists snapping Facebook pictures and twittering tidbits all day was the end of the world...but this is a much clearer sign. Ozzie Guillen has a Twitter account and word spread to Lou Piniella in Mesa. When we explained that Ozzie was posting his thoughts in 140 characters or less, Lou was amusingly surprised by the idea.

"Ozzie, he needs more space than that," Lou joked. "I'm not a Facebook or Twitter guy, you know? I'm more of a prime rib and baked potato."

I quickly ran back and twittered the quotes before entering the blogosphere at Bricks and Ivy. By the way, my Twitter name is @CSNStucky.

OPENING DAY STARRING STARLIN?

If Ryan Theriot suffered some sort of injury in this spring, the Cubs 1 prospect would get a chance. Lou Piniella told the media on Wednesday that he'd be more than comfortable letting 19-year-old Starlin Castro fill in at the Major League level if Theriot was banged up. That doesn't mean Theriot won't be there all year, it just speaks volumes about how high the Cubs are on this kid. Castro looks smooth in the field and has quick hands at the plate. He played this winter for former Cub Moises Alou who was extremely impressed.

CUBS WEEK 1-ON-1 INTERVIEWS

Starting this Sunday the 28th, we'll have Cubs week on SportsNite. Five full length sit-down interviews I did with five key pieces to the Cubs' season. Lou Piniella, Rudy Jaramillo, Carlos Zambrano, Derrek Lee and Marlon Byrd. Guess which guy went for a dolphin ride this winter? This blog entry is now over. Tweet.

Luke Stuckmeyer covers the Cubs for Comcast SportsNet. Follow him on Twitter @CSNStucky.

Cubs, Theo Epstein agree to five-year contract extension

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Cubs, Theo Epstein agree to five-year contract extension

PITTSBURGH - On the verge of what could become a historic run through October and a period of sustained excellence at Wrigley Field, Theo Epstein has signed a five-year contract extension that will keep him overseeing baseball operations for the Cubs.

While no one expected Epstein to bolt from the best team in baseball and a comfortable family situation on the North Side, the president could have become a free agent and disrupted what's now regarded as a model organization in professional sports.

Epstein initially signed a five-year deal worth $18.5 million in October 2011, seeking a new challenge and a fresh start after building two World Series winners for the Boston Red Sox.

Through a series of shrewd trades, first-rounds picks and free-agent megadeals, Epstein has turned around a 101-loss team in 2012 and constructed a World Series favorite that has already won 101 games and a National League Central title this year.

Epstein and chairman Tom Ricketts are expected to speak with the media before Wednesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

12 Days of Cubs: The complete list

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12 Days of Cubs: The complete list

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