It was a perfect way to hold the annual Spring Training send off for the Cubs – amidst a steady, all-day snowstorm outside the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. The Cubs clubhouse staff, as well as Chicago area students from the Inter-American School, helped pack the trucks that would bring all of the Cubs equipment and jerseys to Mesa, Arizona for the Cubs 2010 Spring Training schedule. Cubs GM Jim Hendry was on hand for the send off: “I’m anxious to get there. When you have a year that doesn’t end in post-season play, it just kind of lingers with you all offseason no matter what you do or how you think you might have fixed this or fixed that. [That feeling] doesn’t leave you until you get down there and get outside and guys are on the field.”
Hendry has already been down to the Cubs training facility in Mesa and he said that just under 20 players are already there working out and getting ready for the season. That is a good sign – “They have a little bit of an edge to them after the way things ended last year. ” After winning back-to-back NL Central division titles, the Cubs finished in 2nd place behind the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009. Although they had a winning record for a 3rd straight season – something foreign to many of the Cubs players and their loyal north side fans – it still felt like a disappointing season.
Let’s hope the sloppy, messy snowstorm during yesterday’s Spring Training send-off does not foreshadow the type of season the Cubs can expect during the 2010 MLB schedule. This team needs to right the ship in 2010!