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.

Carl Edwards Jr.'s special tie to Memorial Day

Carl Edwards Jr.'s special tie to Memorial Day

For Carl Edwards Jr., Memorial Day has a special meaning.

That's because the Cubs reliever has a very close tie to the armed services. 

Edwards met his fiance, Nette Smith, before her deployment in Afghanistan. Throughout her active service, Edwards kept in touch by writing her letters. Their relationship eventually blossomed, and now the couple has a one-year-old child. 

With Smith's army commitment finished, she views Memorial Day as a time to appreciate all those who serve. 

"To me, Memorial Day is a day set aside for me to remember some of the people I have met who sacrificed everything," Smith said. 

Watch the couple's entire story in the video above. 

Morning Update: White Sox power past Tigers; Dodgers sweep Cubs

Morning Update: White Sox power past Tigers; Dodgers sweep Cubs

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Sunday:

Stranger than fiction: Dodgers sweep Cubs as Lester vs. Kershaw doesn’t live up to expectations

Miguel Gonzalez throws six perfect innings as White Sox take series against Tigers

Joe Maddon has no choice but to ignore the noise and put his faith in young Cubs lineup: ‘If you want to freak out, freak out’

Two days out, White Sox already excited about facing former teammate Chris Sale

Fire midfielder Dax McCarty named to U.S. national team roster

Jose Abreu relishing opportunity to help mentor Luis Robert, White Sox newest Cuban addition

How patient will Cubs be with Ian Happ and the rookie learning curve?

Takuma Sato holds off Helio Castroneves to give Andretti another Indy 500 win

Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

Honda Road Ahead: Cubs offense looks to build off showing against Clayton Kershaw