You cannot deny the joy in the air.
Baseball is here, and the Cubs are at the very beginning of what we all hope will be a multi-year magical journey of baseball bliss.
It's a party alright.
With new guests arriving who can throw and catch and run and hit.
There's so much to hope for, to watch and wonder about, and then this has to become the big story.
You've all read it.
If the Cubs keep him off the team for about 2 weeks after the season begins, then he can't become a free agent until after the 2021 season, a year later than he would if he was in the lineup against the Cardinals on April 5th.
It's another year of Cub Control, and another year for Bryant to wait for an enormous payday.
Did I say payday?
Which brings us to...
Scott Boras in the news (at the news' request apparently), barking loudly.
Bryant said that it's nice to have a bulldog in his corner as opposed to a poodle, pissing off millions of poodle owners and inspiring today's drawing.
EDIT: Read this from the Boston Globe's Tony Massarotti (Thanks Murph!)
I don't want to beat this to death.
I want this to be resolved so I can go back to the party.
Both sides are right, and like Joe Maddon says: this is just Boras being Boras, which we should all expect.
I just don't have to like it.
But I did like Chris Coghlan's homer, Arismendy Alcantara's triple, and 2 hits from Soler/LaStella/Ross/Almora in the Cubs' 7-5 W over the Dodgers yesterday. Plus in between meetings I got to turn on my phone's At Bat video and catch my first sighting of C.J. Edwards. Can you believe how skinny that guy is? His legs looked like about 3/4 of his body. He went 2 full innings and gave up 2 hits. Looked pretty good.
But dude... EAT SOMETHING.