Cubs won! Cubs lost! Cubs played baseball!
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) February 26, 2014
The game was played with four outs per inning and with strict pitch counts so there were a few quirks in there. One of the coolest things to hear was about Arodys Vizcaino, who we hope will be able to eventually find his way into the rotation:
Arodys Vizcaino, who has not pitched since 2011 after needing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, threw one inning in the intrasquad game, and walked two and gave up one hit. “I’m just hoping his health continues to not be an issue,” Renteria said. “His arm is live. [The ball] comes out of there pretty easy. It looks like he’s using his secondary pitches in live [batting practice] the way he wants to. If he wants to bury a pitch he does it, if he wants to go off the corners he can.”
The real action starts later on today:
And check out this awesome mural the Cubs players can look at as they work out:
Opposite wall of Cubs’ workout room: pic.twitter.com/74lEuEydpi
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) February 26, 2014
That’s some really nice psychology for the prospects who want their first cup of coffee sooner rather than later.
Fans may know this as the championship series where the great Babe Ruth “called his shot” in Game 3. This was a sweep by the New York Yankees, a team that the Cubs just couldn’t dispatch. Of course, having to face the likes of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig probably didn’t help! And to make things worse, this championship was clinched at Wrigley Field.
Apparently this was also the first World Series to have the players on both teams wear numbers on their backs. There were 13 Hall of Famers in this game, including Cubs manager Rogers Hornsby, who had been part of the 1926 St. Louis Cardinals team that defeated the Yankees…not this time, though! The Yankees were clearly the better team, outslugging the Cubs in all four games.
At least the Cubs won the pennant, which fans of our generation have yet to experience…yet.
32 more sleeps until Opening Day.