MESA, Ariz. — The Jason Hammel rebranding began on Monday morning at a mostly empty Cubs Park, in a B game against a no-name lineup of San Francisco Giants.
MESA, Ariz. — Just because all the Cubs fans back home will be wondering: If Starlin Castro goes down, when would you be ready to step in and contribute at Wrigley Field?
MESA, Ariz. — Like everything else in Cubbieworld, the Dale Sveum firing can’t be viewed simply as a black-and-white decision.
MESA, Ariz. — Jeff Samardzija stood in front of his locker wearing his Cubs hat backwards and a collector’s edition powder blue “F--- THE GOAT!!!” T-shirt.
MESA, Ariz. — This was beginning to feel like a farewell tour for Jeff Samardzija.