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Bricks & Ivy: Sunrise to Sunset in Mesa

Bricks & Ivy: Sunrise to Sunset in Mesa

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010
8:10 PM

by Luke Stuckmeyer
CSNChicago.com

We left our hotel at 7:00 am today to make sure that we'd catch the Ricketts family arriving at Fitch Park. This is the sunrise over Mesa on our way there. They seem like great people and according to D-Lee their message is very clear, "WIN." Lee walked away impressed and so did the other players I spoke to after a 45 minute team meeting with the new owners.

Other highlights of the day included the arrival of top prospect Starlin Castro. He's only 19, but Lou points out that the "special players" don't take very long. The Cubs and scouts around baseball say he's the "real deal." Lou compared the young Dominican shortstop to Renteria, but he really wants to be like Hanley Ramirez. I'd take either, as long as he's not Kevin Orie. Sorry Kevin.

Every eye in the Cubs organization will be watching this kid for the next six weeks. The biggest change in the Cubs over the last five years has clearly been in the minors. They have some really good looking prospects. Prospects are prospects...but these kids are big and they can play. I'll be breaking down the top kids to watch later this week.

By the time all the liveshots were done...so was the day. Here's the sunset over Tempe.

To see more pictures from Arizona, checkout Luke's photo gallery from springtraining.

Luke Stuckmeyer covers the Cubs on Comcast SportsNet. Follow him on Twitter @CSNStucky.

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: