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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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Anthony Rizzo 5 Qs

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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When I was a kid it was cool to know Ryne Sandberg’s batting average and how many games the Cubs were above 500, viagra now when you turn up at Wrigley you better know walk up songs (music played in the stadium when the batter heads to home plate), tadalafil twitter handles (a players screen name used in tweets), decease and warm up rituals(Jake Arrieta prefers yoga in Centerfield).  To celebrate the Cubs entry into the post season I thought I’d create a Cubs match game. Without the use of Google or Twitter can you match the Cub Players’ walk up song to their Twitter handle???

Walkup Songs

A. Fatty Wap/Trap Queen

B. Omega/Ando en la Versace

C. Rod Stewert/Forever Young

D. Enrique Iglesias/Bailamos

E. Taylor Swift/Bad Blood

Twitter Handles

1.  @D_Roos3

2.  @ARizzo44

3. @DexterFowler

4.  @StarCastro13

5. @miggymont26

Answers will be in my next post, or tweet me your non-researched guesses to @NancyTiano.  There are seven regular season games left, and seven important 2015 Cubs hashtags #WeAreGood #LetGo #FlyTheW  #Cubtober #Cubs #Wrigley #gocubsgo .  Show your support!

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cubs@2xAfter winning back to back series against the Pirates and Cardinals, look and just beating up on the the Brewers for two games, troche it only seems fitting to take a look at how the Chicago Cubs keep the mood so light this season.  Ranging from premeditated practical jokes to off the cuff pranks, buy viagra  no one is exempt from a stunt and the entire team plays a role in the fun.

Kris Bryant was the subject of a couple vintage pranks back in May.  It began May 7th , Starlin Castor decided to see if Anthony Rizzo could see double when Castro did a flawless job of mimicking Bryant’s  pick up, turn and throwing motion to first base real-time.  When asked by a reporter Castro responded with a big smile, “I just want to be like Kris Bryant

The very next day, Kris Bryant hit his long awaited first Major League home run.  This time the Cubs trickery was taken to the next level and even recognized by the New York Post.  Bryant rounded third base and as he crossed home plate headed for congratulations from his teammates, the entire Cub team ran into the tunnel leading to the locker-room leaving Bryant to high-five an empty dug out.

Fast forward to September, the Cubs Magic Number is three and Kris Bryant finally decided to play a prank on the entire city?!?  Maybe Bryant was curious to see if Chicago could recognize him after all this success.  He jumped behind the wheel of a “Lyft” car to act as a driver for some unsuspecting fans or soon to be fans. Check out this must watch video – undercover “Lyft” with Kris Bryant   Bryant’s tweet and link below…

The Cubs fearless leader sets the comic tone and always tries to accommodate the needs of his players and the fans.  Pedro Strop said he needed a day at the beach Sunday,  so Maddon thought an old school beach chair, and a cute baby pool filled with sand waiting for him the locker room might fit the bill.

And just last night Maddon decided to take the focus off the “Wild”Card and invite an array of zoo animals to Wrigley. Flamingos, Leopards, and an award winning Sloth made an appearance at the Friendly Confines!

The Cubs are about to clinch a wild card spot this week, the attendance at Wrigley is 40,000 plus each game, and Cub fans are loving the fantastic effort and entertainment!!!  #LetsGo # WeAreGood #Cubs

 

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