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There isn’t anything better in March than the Hot Sun, Beer and Baseball in Arizona (The Cactus League).  New friends and old friends come together to cheer on our home town teams. Also known as “Adult Spring Break” for Baseball fans.

In three quick hours and thanks to the two kind gentleman sitting in front and behind me at the newish Sloan park I learned all I need to know for opening day @Wrigley.  So, amid all the Vegas odds and Chicago’s premature parade planning…

What decisions remain for Joe Maddon and the Cubs before we crack open the champagne?!? Three come to mind:

Where in the world do we play Jorge Soler?
He would be a great DH but we only play 18 games at American League ball parks!  He has been used out in LF and RF and other than having one of the best arms in baseball he has shown to be a defensive liability anywhere you put him .  It looks like he will play the outfield in a platoon with Schwarber when lefties are on the mound.

Do the Cubs have a seven  or eight man Bullpen? 
With Lester, Arrieta, Lackey, Hammel and Hendricks already ticketed for the rotation, that sets up options left for the bullpen.  
For that matter how many pitchers are on the roster ????  Let’s go with the for sure spots taken with Rondon, Strop, Grimm, Wood, Cahill and Richard.  That leaves Neil Ramirez on the bubble with having no options left to go to Triple A.  His velocity seemed down throughout camp but he has been productive in most of his outings. 

And Finally who gets the coveted Bench Spot?
Kawasaki has played well throughout all of camp and provides a great clubhouse personality that can’t be overlooked.  The Cubs already announced that Shane Victorino won’t be going North with the team due to his reoccurring leg issues and Matt Szczur had the same problems with his oblique injury until his recent his recovery.  So, it seems that Szczur would have the advantage as an outfielder because the Cubs have LaStella and Baez who can do what Kawasaki would do in the infield. It’s nice to have quality options.
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The Cubs 2016 season is a guaranteed can’t miss with tons of media attention and fan support, here at Reverse the Curse we encourage feedback and ideas.  Most importantly what is going to be branded this year’s hashtag?

#wrigleyhustle #weareready  #northsidemagic #gocubsgo

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Spring training is virtually hours away while the Cubs front office is working to make all our dreams come true on the field, sildenafil who is in charge of our destiny along side the Master – Joe Maddon(under contract for four more seasons)…

Theo announced in late October the Cubs will invite back their entire coaching staff next season!  Except one jokester of course….

Will Ferrell had a busy day with the Cubs, here coaching third base last year at Spring Training.

A few coaches to watch:

John Mallee (pronounced May lee) plays the role of the Cubs of primary Hitting Coach.  Mallee recognized around the league for his techniques and expertise in instruction came to the Cubs in 2014 , formerly with the Marlins and Astros.   This Chicago native is also somewhat an Entrepreneur with his training DVD’s, “Teaching The Professional Swing” and “Teaching Hitting Drills”   Check out a little of this preso by Mallee…the Moneyball approach to hitting…

On the corners….Brendon Hyde formerly head of Cubs Player Development moved to 1st Base Coach last year, and Gary Jones, a 24 year veteran coach, takes the place of 3rd Base Coach.  There was a little drama last year when it was announced that Gary wasn’t returning due to Rick Renteria’s departure, but shortly thereafter Maddon announced he will be retaining Jones.

Coach Mike Borzello & Chris Coghlan chat

Behind the plate, Mike Borzello Catching Coach (Godson of Joe Torre) was a member of four World Championship teams with the Yankees: 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000.  And, in 1999, appeared as John C. Reilly’s catching double in Universal Pictures’ “For Love of the Game” with Kevin Costner …

Former Cub David Martinez came to the Cubs as an outfielder in the 1983 MLB draft, but didn’t come up to the Majors as a Cub until 1986 and served as an injury replacement for the beloved Bobby Dernier.  David Martinez also coached with Manager Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay.

Fitting with the Cubs platform of giving back former 16 season MLB Player and now Bullpen Coach Henry Blanco participates in the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, helping develop and implement innovative concepts that generate funds for the benefit of children’s charities.  This is only almost half of the Cubs talented staff which can be found at http://m.cubs.mlb.com/roster/coaches/.   With all the media hype and player excitement it is sure to be an exciting season.  Tune in next time to learn the inside scoop on the progress of the Wrigley Renovation!

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The Cubs haven’t had any trouble stealing the spotlight from the Bears, prescription Bulls or even the Blackhawks in the off-season. Whether it be through their aggressive player acquisitions or good natured goofing around this young team is giving back to the community and having fun in the process.

Here is a recap of some funny moments and new player highlights of potentially the most improved team in Baseball.

Speaking of the Blackhawks this goal by Cubs Pitcher Jason Hammel at the UC was pretty cool especially after Anthony Rizzo missed his shot a week prior!!

Look for additions to the Cubs Pitching Staff this fall;  The Cubs signed two relief pitchers in November; right-hander Andury Acevedo who spent the last four seasons with the Yankees AAA organization and lefty Jack Leathersich from the Mets known for his strikeouts. In total the Cubs added seven new pitchers to their minor league system but this seems to change daily.

The move that got most fan attention was when Theo brought over starter John Lackey from the Cardinals, capsule Lackey also played four years with John Lester in Boston.

Watch this most hilarious interview with John Lackey and John Lester at the Cubs Convention(Ryan Dempster’s talk show).  John Lester talks about being the “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” in the recruitment of John Lackey.  A friendship bonded in Fried Chicken and Beer.

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8878538/v538964983/dempster-lackey-and-lester-provide-some-comic-relief

Notable transactions in the Infield and Outfield include; the Cubs edging out half the league by signing Jason Heyward for 8 years at $184 million.  Fun fact Heyward’s MLB debut was against the Cubs and his first MLB plate appearance – and first swing – Heyward hit a three-run home run, estimated at 471 feet off starter Carlos Zambrano.

The Chicago Cubs also agreed to terms with free-agent infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist from the World Series Champion Kansas City Royals while trading second baseman Starlin Castro to the Yankees to make room for Zobrist at second base.

Community Involvement lead by Joe Maddon and the great work he did a couple of weeks ago for the homeless with his program “Thanksmas”   Checkout Maddon in a recap grocery shopping and preparing food with the Cubs Team…

Stay tuned to Reverse the Curse as the Cubs Off-Season excitement continues to ramp up with less than a month until pitchers and catcher report to spring training (2/19)or follow me on Twitter at @NancyTiano

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Any good adventure needs a villain and sometimes even two.  Superman was never left to live a happy life after the defeat of Lex Luthor.  If the Cubs can defeat the Cardinals in four games, viagra we can surely get past the New York Mets, sickness and we will.  Lets take a moment to look into the future.

What does a Cubbie Comeback look like?  Can we dye the Ivy blue? Will Chicago pass out W towels  to everyone getting off the “L” stop at Addison? Do the White Sox finally move to Gary, cialis Indiana? Or better yet is this the making of the best Baseball Movie of all time?

And, who would portray this young Cub squad on the big screen? Here are a few ideas for “FLY THE W” the movie …..

Kris Bryant – Jake Gyllenhaal

Anthony Rizzo -Channing Tatum

Kyle Schwarber – Jonah Hill

Jake Arrieta – Christian Bale

Derek Fowler – Don Cheadle

David Ross -George Clooney

John Lester -Vince Vaughn

Joe Maddon – Jack Nicholson

Theo Epstein – Andy Cohen

New York Mets Pitching Staff – 90’s Boy Band Hanson – washed up , not around very long and horrible by their third show.

Special Appearance by Eddie Vedder as himself.

Tonight is a big night, we will face Mets’ Ace Jacob deGrom.  deGrom started as a shortstop in College, the Cubs have been able to get under his skin in the past.  deGrom isn’t afraid to lose his cool, this summer he used his pitching hand to punch the Gatorade cooler after allowing four runs in just five inning against the Cubs.

The Cubs are a great team prime for a comeback, one game at a time.    #LetsGo #WeAreGood #FlytheW

 

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What a fabulous morning to be a Chicago Cubs Fan! I feel like a kid again, cialis although as a kid I rarely had the privilege to go to a playoff game and if I did I was never concerned with the price of tickets.  I went to the Home Run Derby last night at Wrigley and paid a friend of a friend more for a Cubs ticket than I ever had before. Not complaining, cialis it was an outstanding seat, pills incredible atmosphere, and record breaking game. The best part about the game was walking to the concessions stand and non-stop high fiving of every single fan! #WeAreGood.

A hilarious sign of the times was talking to this season ticket holder from Kansas about what others were offering him in exchange for his seats. My Grandfather, diehard Cubs Fan, always up for a great deal wouldn’t have had any idea what this stuff is, except for the electric guitar of course. Who really gives up a guitar for a playoff ticket? In any case some more intriguing “2015”offers included

  • Several credits at their AirBnB (in this case the season ticket holder would have a place to stay for the first half of next season in exchange for a World Series Ticket)
  • Unlimited Uber Rides for a Month (Not sure they even have Uber in Kansas)
  • A used iPad with a Cubs Case made of the leather from a real baseball.

Ironically enough today I am on a flight to St. Louis for business to meet with MasterCard (likely a room full of Cardinals fans),but what I can appreciate about MasterCard is their slogan priceless. My playoff experience thus far in Pittsburgh with their bitter fans, watching over the weekend with my friend and her 11 year old son, and last night at Wrigley… Truly Priceless

#LetsGo

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The Chicago Cubs are in the Post Season for the first time in six years and if it weren’t for the local news and social media no one in Chicago would know.   I blame two factors:

  1. The Mayor:   Rahm claims to be a Cub Fan, viagra even during his reelection campaign he promised a Cubs Championship ”Imagine the joy! The excitement! The economic boost to very specific neighborhoods in our great city, viagra sale ” said an unblinking Emanuel at a news conference this morning. “It’s important for voters to know that only I can make this happen.” Rahm Emanuel at a News Conference on March 11, sovaldi sale 2015

But, where is his support? Why isn’t the antenna lighting on the Willis Tower and John Hancock Blue? Or even alternating Blue and Pink lighting #BreastCancerAwareness ? Why isn’t there a scheduled viewing party for the Wild Card Game by the City Park Districts? Surely, the city could bring out the screens from Movies in the Park? Chicago is forecasting  70+ degrees on Wednesday night!  And, Why don’t the Lions at the Art Institute have Cubs jersey’s on?  #LetsGo

  1. Chicago’s lack of appreciation for the game of Baseball:   Until Jackie Robinson West’s appearance at the Little League World Series Chicago barely acknowledged Baseball as a game which could bring the community together.  Baseball is not only a game where kids can strive to succeed on the Diamond, but a game kids can watch with their family and friends on a sunny day at the Ballpark.  Especially at a time when Chicago needs to come together to stop violence, the city should turn to Cubs Baseball.  Beyond the unique beauty of every Home Run at Wrigley Field, Chicago Baseball teaches fun long standing rivalries #HateTheCards.  Baseball, a game of math illustrates the simplicity and sophistication of statistics and regulations ranging from three strikes to fascinating batting algorithms.  And for adults, Baseball has the most attractive male and female fashion in all of sports, who doesn’t look good in a ball cap or Cubbie Blue?!?  Finally, at any age, nothing is more rewarding and joyful than watching a young Major League Baseball team come together over 162 games in a single season.

I’ll be in Pittsburgh rooting for the Cubs on Wednesday, so Bring it Chicago!!  #TurnOnTheBlue #FlytheW #GoCubs #WeAreGood

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