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Warm ups before today’s practice

The rain has gone and the Cubs are all here, including the Ricketts family, new owners of the storied ball club. The team arrived on the fields for the first full squad work out at 10:20am, a bit later than the usual 9 to 9:30 am having met with the owners before practice. A-Ram, D Lee, Soriano, and Kid Castro all worked out today on the Fitch Park fields for the first time this year. While the team worked out the Ricketts family was out mingling with the fans at Fitch…It’s not often you get the chance to tell an owner what needs to be done to win a World Series.

A-Ram, D Lee, and Soriano all look very fit and have rehabbed their various ailments, with Soriano saying he’ll be 100 percent by opening day after having had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The other new arrival was Starlin Castro the 19 year old ss phenom who had an outstanding AZ Fall League. I’ve always felt that Cubs fans are some of the most knowledgeable of any in baseball, they know Castro may be a star in the offing…there was a definite buzz in the stands today about this kid. I had a good chat with two long time Cubs fans and self-proclaimed baseball experts Doc Lawson and Harvey Brown…It was fun watching the Cubs while joining them in conversation about what the Cubs need to do to win the pennant.

One of the good humor guys in camp is Kevin Millar, who sure keeps things loose. It was interesting to see the grizzled vet Millar working in the group defensively with Cubs youngsters Josh Vitters and Starlin Castro…Castro and Vitters were 2 and 3 years old respectively when Millar broke into pro ball with the St. Paul Saints.

This is the kind of weather we expect during spring training in AZ, lots of sunshine and a nice day for baseball with a coolish high of 65 degrees. On my way home from Fitch I noticed the recent storm had left some snow visible on Four Peaks (pic).

Enjoy today’s photos.

D Lee at the cage

Aramis takes a grounder

Lou watches

Tom Ricketts talks with fan at Fitch

Laura Ricketts at Fitch

Starlin Castro



Starlin Castro

Baseball Brain trust Doc Lawson and Harvey Brown

Four Peaks after practice



Tim Sheridan is a Cubs fanatic who also happens to be the Cubs spring training public address announcer at Sloan Stadium and your tour guide here at

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