You know, anything done for a magazine has to be either written or drawn well in advance, so at the time Matt Garza was still one of the Kings Of The Hill.
The Sun Times says the final bullpen spot will go to either Rafael Dolis, Zach Putnam, Cory Wade, or Hisanori Takahashi, while the final bench guy is either Steve Clevenger or ex Yankee/Nat/Padre/Ranger backup infielder Alberto Gonzales.
They've been trying lefty Clevenger at 1st or 3rd in addition to his normal catcher postition, and I think he probably makes it until (if and when) Ian Stewart comes back.
Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood, Scott Feldman and Carlos Villanueva will open the season as the starting rotation until (if and when) Matt Garza and Scott Baker return.
A guy that writes for the Dallas Morning News has a little article where he figures Ex Ranger Feldman will face his former team in April (no comment on whoever scheduled Texas playing in Chicago in April), and he talks about the weather:
"The series opens with two night games that could be played in frosty conditions. According to the National Weather Service, Chicago has an average high of 57 degrees and an average low of 39 degrees in April except during Cubs games, when temperatures don't really count because it's just plain freezing."
Okay, I added that last part.
Because I'm starting to think about...GOING TO WRIGLEY AGAIN!
On sale, I got a new Patagonia hooded rain shell big enough to be the last layer over the t-shirt, long undie shirt, flannel shirt, sweatshirt, zippered fleece jacket, and winter coat layers underneath.
That's about 40 pockets for me to lose a ticket stub in!
I work in the Aon Center.
It has 83 floors, and if you were looking down at the building you'd see 4 "groups" of elevator shafts, each serving 1/4 of the building's floors.
My "group" of shafts has I think 10 or a dozen shafts, each with double decker (stacked) cars.
So that's about 20 - 24 elevators for floors 39 - 50 something.
So...WHY DOES IT TAKE AN ELEVATOR 5 FREAKING MINUTES TO STOP ON MY FLOOR?
Seriously, it takes forEVER.
And when you're wearing a dozen layers of coats and a Cubs hat on April 8th at about 10:30, you want that elevator to come like, RIGHT NOW before the BOSS of the whole freaking AGENCY walks by.
But then...you're FREE.
FREE like the Cubs Schedule Fridge Magnet you'll get upon Entry To Wrigley Field.
FREE to stand outside with your Cub Brothers and Sisters and bask in the Glory of Cub Baseball!
FREEzing, but so what.
Oh god I can hardly wait.