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!!
"Better than Rizzo, right? Way better."
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 25, 2016
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.
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…
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 21, 2016
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Six Cubs prospects make the Top 100 in the MLB pic.twitter.com/uvyvJgZBcO
— Nancy Tiano (@NancyTiano) January 30, 2016