Pickins are slim this week, so thank goodness Spring Training starts TO-DAY! I’m so excited about it I almost forgot it’s also a very important holiday: Happy Valentine’s Day (included as a favor to the guys around here who may have forgotten their sweeties … thank me later!)

Don’t miss our Monday discussion question just after the very brief week in review!


  • Fuku does not stink in April, he stinks in July, August and September and in May and June is on a slippery slope of stinky but serviceable.
  • HSA (Hyper Statistical Analysis….yeah, I made it up).
  • What is worse; a player who staggers to the plate hungover or even drunk, a player who uses PED’s (these include greenies, HGH, Steroids) to enhance his ability, or a player who uses foreign substances to doctor a baseball or bat thus giving him an advantage?
  • I’m not sure letting everyone in is the answer, but I’m damn sure letting the writers decide is not the answer.
  • It’s similar to letting a personal injury lawyer replace your heart valve, not a wise choice.


  • The ‘stache will help because it makes him look like he has a sense of humor.

Monday Morning Discussion Question

Many Cubbies have been training for months already! Seymour has given us a pretty good run down of those he spotted at camp while he was there last month, and that paired with some off-season moves gives me hope that I didn’t expect to have this year. How about you? Are you feeling:

a.) hopeful
b.) indifferent
c.) discouraged

Or some combination? And why?

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Elizabeth Pearson stumbled upon VFTB around 2006, and enjoys encouraging conversation among the wide variety of readers brought together by their love of the Cubs. She’s married, has a Cub-loving pug named Phinneaus, and enjoys biking, hiking, cooking and gardening. She calls Chesterton, Indiana home and hopes to one day retire on Mackinac Island. Connect with Lizzie via email or Instagram.