Checking in with Cubs Bats.
Ian Freaking Happ, that's who.
15 at bats, 7 hits with a double and a couple homers and 8 ribbies. Only one K.
El Mago with 13 at bats, 7 hits with a couple dingers and... FOUR WALKS.
Albert Almora. 15 at bats, 8 hits, a double 2 homers and he drove in 6.
Victor Caratini with 2 doubles and a homer among his 4 hits in 10 at bats.
Super small sample but kinda fun.
Everybody's doing pretty okay except Daniel Descalso, who's 1 for 14 with 6 strikeouts.
And even if you weren't watching The Mic'd Up Game on ESPN a couple days ago, surely you've seen the clips.
Anthony Rizzo was up to bat with a microphone and earpiece talking to ESPN's Boog Sciambi. And Jessica Mendoza. And Kris Bryant.
He was down 2 strikes and was choking up, as we've seen him do a million times, and somebody asked why.
He immediately said, "Because I don't like to strike out. You can't do anything good if you strike out."
He also said he was doing some math in his head trying to guess what the next pitch would be.
Mendoza asked him what he thought it was, Rizzo said that he didn't know and would "someone bang for me?"
Between he, Bryant and, over on the other side, Joe Maddon... this was without a doubt the most entertaining Spring Training broadcast I've ever seen.
And of course immediately EVERYONE wants to see this mic'd up technique EVERYWHERE, but I promise that it'll be super hard to get other players to be as good.
Anyway, just a quickie check in on a Tuesday.