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I’ve posted before about how I loathe Spring Training. Part of the reason is because over the last few years, I have checked out on the season around mid-August so by the time Spring Training comes along, I’m just ready for meaningful baseball, but part of it also has to do with the fact that so many of the stories we see in spring are so stupid. Let’s kick off Monday with one of those, which seems to be blown all out of proportion as evidenced by the title of the post on ESPN’s Rumor Central “Jackson on the outs in Chicago?”

Edwin Jackson made a start on Friday. The result was less than stellar. After the game, Jackson mentioned that all of the pitches he threw during the game were fastballs. He wanted to work on his fastball and so that’s all he threw. Then we read:

“It’s something where I’ll probably talk to him and have a conversation about it and clarify what the process was,” Renteria said. “That doesn’t hurt. It doesn’t hurt anybody to just talk about it.”

This is the kind of garbage that drives me up the wall. The guy wanted to work on his fastball. The games are meaningless, so let him do what he needs to do to get ready.


James Russell is apparently close to being able to make his spring training debut this week. He’s been dealing with a dead arm this spring. Could that be from the 4,387 appearances he’s made over the last two years? I’d guess that might have something to do with it. Russell is penciled in for a bullpen spot on the opening day roster. We discussed the roster in great detail last Monday on VFTB radio and it figures to be another point of discussion tonight as we now have a little more ammunition for our guns.

Personally, I think the pen is going to be a strength this year for the team. There are so many options for who to plug in there, most of them with the ability to throw hard. It’s a far cry from last year’s pen that can be considered one of the biggest weaknesses of the team.

  • mhughes0379

    Right??? I thought the same things when I read the headlines yesterday. I was like, “Gimme a break. Really???”. Then, there was a headline that came on a blog last night that read “REPORT: Cubs’ patience wearing thin with pitcher Edwin Jackson”.Automatic eye roll.

  • mhughes0379

    Right??? I thought the same things when I read the headlines yesterday. I was like, “Gimme a break. Really???”. Then, there was a headline that came on a blog last night that read “REPORT: Cubs’ patience wearing thin with pitcher Edwin Jackson”.Automatic eye roll.

  • Doug S.

    The pen a strength? I look forward to it.

  • Doug S.

    The pen a strength? I look forward to it.

  • PLCB3

    The article is an insider article. What exactly happened? From the quote you posted it makes it sound like Renteria didn’t want him doing that.

  • AC0000000

    The article is an insider article. What exactly happened? From the quote you posted it makes it sound like Renteria didn’t want him doing that.

  • Doc Raker

    The lame stream media has to put out at least 1 story a day from spring training and you are absolutely right Joe, they make things up to write about. Kinda like the lame stream media feeds Seymour the democratic party’s propaganda in which he and other less sophisticated readers digest as if truth.

    Don’t let the lame stream media ruin spring training, it is the most wonderful time of the year.

    The pen a strength? The pen is mightier than the sword but the Cubs relief pitchers have much to prove.

    • Whatever happened to that Carlos Gregg guy?

    • Seymour Butts

      Wonderfully vacuous, could be direct from a spring training reporter.
      On the blind squirrel front, Raker is right. Spring training is the most wonderful time of the year. Go see some and prove it to your self.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Like Dr. Mann’s hockey stick graph that was purported to prove global warming was man made. Dr. Mann could not even win a single court case to prove his “research”. Research for him meaning made up stuff.

      • PLCB3

        “Facts are meaningless! You could use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true!” – Homer Jay Simpson

      • Doc Raker

        The arctic ice cap is down 8%. The antarctic ice cap is up 8%. Guess which fact gets deciminated to the flock in the green congregation with Seymour sitting in the front pew, singing Alleluha Greenies!

  • Doc Raker

    The lame stream media has to put out at least 1 story a day from spring training and you are absolutely right Joe, they make things up to write about. Kinda like the lame stream media feeds Seymour the democratic party’s propaganda in which he and other less sophisticated readers digest as if truth.

    Don’t let the lame stream media ruin spring training, it is the most wonderful time of the year.

    The pen a strength? The pen is mightier than the sword but the Cubs relief pitchers have much to prove.

    • Whatever happened to that Carlos Gregg guy?

    • Seymour Butts

      Wonderfully vacuous, could be direct from a spring training reporter.
      On the blind squirrel front, Raker is right. Spring training is the most wonderful time of the year. Go see some and prove it to your self.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Like Dr. Mann’s hockey stick graph that was purported to prove global warming was man made. Dr. Mann could not even win a single court case to prove his “research”. Research for him meaning made up stuff.

      • AC0000000

        “Facts are meaningless! You could use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true!” – Homer Jay Simpson

      • Doc Raker

        The arctic ice cap is down 8%. The antarctic ice cap is up 8%. Guess which fact gets deciminated to the flock in the green congregation with Seymour sitting in the front pew, singing Alleluha Greenies!