GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Cubs have one obvious candidate to start Opening Day in Jeff Samardzija, the longest-tenured guy on the team and a 200-innings/200-strikeouts force.
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. – Pedro Strop snapped his fingers, kicked his leg out and grabbed his crotch, doing his best Michael Jackson impression as “Billie Jean” played on the clubhouse speakers.
MESA, Ariz. – Jake Arrieta is still confident he can be part of the Opening Day rotation.
MESA, Ariz. — Jason Hammel used air quotes to make his point: “I don’t want to be that guy that’s ‘flipped.’”