March 18, 2011
(Mesa, AZ) – Spring has gone along well enough for the Chicago Cubs. Although they sport a losing record, individual players feel good about where they stand, and most are optimistic heading into the final two weeks of Spring Training.
None has fared better than young shortstop Starlin Castro, who is hitting .410 with three home runs on the Spring.
But Castro, for all his on-field success, remains unsatisfied with his professional life. Like most celebrities, Castro yearns to be something he isn’t yet: a singer. Read more
March 3, 2011
(Mesa, AZ) – It’s been a rough first week of Spring Training action for the Chicago Cubs. Poor offense, weak pitching, and miserable defense have conspired to leave the Cubs not only with a losing record, but also with an extremely frustrated manager.
The low point happened just after the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Brewers. With shoddy defense behind him, starting rotation hopeful Carlos Silva gave up six runs in a disastrous first inning, and then got into a dugout fight with teammate Aramis Ramirez. The scene was eerily reminiscent of a fight last June between pitcher Carlos Zambrano and former Cub Derrek Lee, again, after a rough first inning.
Ramirez says things have been smoothed over with Silva, but things are still quite tense in the clubhouse. That’s in large part, sources say, because ever since the Silva-Ramirez tilt, pitcher Carlos Marmol has desperately been trying to pick a fight. Read more