For the returning crop of Cubs, life under new Cubs manager Dale Sveum is radically different from Spring Training 2011 under former manager Mike Quade.
Under Quade, fundamentals were discussed and worked on but nowhere to the degree that they are at Camp Sveum. Besides the nearly camp long bunting tournament that saw everyone's pick to win it, Tony Campana knocked out in the first round, the coaching staff is harping on fundamentals to a degree never seen at a recent Cubs camp.
This morning is team photo day at Fitch Park with workouts starting at 9:30 am (AZ time). The most anticipated bunting match up of the tournament is on tap for this afternoon when Kerry Wood will battle Sveum.
I will also be starting a photo gallery of our week at spring training as our camera man Jason Dolan and I are here all week long. For those of you back in the Midwest we'll make sure to send back plenty of shots of the sunshine. Enjoy and I'll be back at you throughout the week as news happens.
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.
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: