Well, number one, how freaking amazing is it that after 4 Covid Years (a month = a year in Covid Times) we'll actually see Cubs baseball ACTION.
Okay spring but still.
Such joy just around the corner - I know because I read it in every other tweet.
Does anybody still read the paper?
A newspaper and a cup of coffee just make me feel comfortable.
Not that I don't spend the vast majority of my waking hours looking at my phone, but the paper is just a calm way to start the day.
And over the last week, the main Cubs' stories have gone basically like this: "Anthony Rizzo wants to be a Cub for life", a day later was "Kris Bryant hopes he can stay in Chicago", and today was "Javy Baez doesn't want to play for anybody else".
You know they're not keeping all of them, and El Mago says he'd like to get an extension during camp.
So there's pressure for the extensions to happen - all 3 could be free agents next year.
Either way, the pressure to get that stuff taken care of isn't just on the players or management - you and I feel it, too.
It hangs around inside your brain.
I can't not talk about it because.. it's there.
If the doctor says, "WOW! Your cholesterol is really way WAY UP THERE!"... later you can talk about the weather, but you'll still be thinking about a heart attack.
So now... let's talk about the weather.
Ian Happ wins his arb case and gets a nice raise in addition to, for the first time in his young career, knowing he's The Man in center.
There are so many Cubs to love, but Happ is a guy I'd really REALLY like to see have a spectacular year.
He was SO good last year, and yeah I know the eye thing and the numbers dropped towards the end but I don't care.
Guy comes up a second baseman and muscles his way into the outfield.
He appears to be an actual lead off guy - remember when Joe said he's the fastest Cub?
He's crazy-likable and if you wanted to look up "modern ballplayer", he'd be the definition.
Name another Cub (okay, Darvish had a Masters in Twitter) who's as communication-savvy.
Listen to his podcast, "The Compound".
It's so good.
You'll soon be drinking Parce Rum and buying Obvious Shirts.
Who says no?
But of all that stuff, the thing I like most about Happ is that he's been up SO HIGH and then soooo looow and still the same guy.
Well, maybe a little pissed in '19, but...
27 homers in '17.
Leading off 2018 with a homer, but then striking out so much (167 times in 387 at-bats), he stays in Iowa through July in '19.
He made adjustments, made it back and continued to grow.
Now it's the Spring of '21.
Here's hoping he has a full, amazing season.
Seriously, sorry about being Captain Bringdown earlier.
I cannot wait to see the Cubs play a little spring ball on Monday afternoon at 2:10.
Added bonus: maybe we'll hear Boog Sciambi as the official Cub TV guy for the first time.
SO looking forward to having him around the house for the summer and...
Lastly, here's a walleye made with ink splatter and acrylics.