The First practice is tomorrow, and I’m dreaming of summer already.
But with the beginning of spring training, Chicagoans put aside all the memories of the last year, our cynicism about the offseason signing—watch how many fans change to the Bradley bandwagon—and start deluding ourselves that winter in Chicago is almost over.
So, while the staff spends the day unpacking, let’s take a look at the Spring Training roster.
The hopefuls (non-roster invitees)
I’m still amazed at the amount of turnover that took place within a single offseason. Nevertheless, it’s a good team; good, but not deep.
Looking over the personnel closely, I’ll make three early predictions: Jeff Samardzija will be the fifth starter, Lou Piniella anoints Kevin Gregg the closer, and Andres Blanco takes the 25th spot on the roster.
I'm looking forward to the regular season.