Opening Day

opening day 2014Finally, the start of the Cubs 2014 season is upon us, and I couldn’t be more excited. I feel like a kid about to celebrate a birthday, getting ready to unwrap that first present. What a day, at this moment, it feels like anything is possible. You probably guessed by now, I’m letting my rational brain take a break today. No projections of real wins and losses for the 2014 Chicago Cubs, I’m just going to enjoy the day, for whatever it may bring. I can think about reality – tomorrow.

That being said, my friend John Arguello over at Cubs Den wrote a blog yesterday about how the Cubs current, and future, action plan may be realized (at least in part) this season. It’s well worth the read.

I was over at Cubs Park yesterday watching Cubs AAA (Iowa) and AA (Tennessee) teams each win games over the LA Angels AAA (Salt Lake) and AA (Arkansas) ball clubs. While there, I had the chance to chat with AZPhil from The Cub Reporter, which is always enlightening. Nobody I’ve ever met outside of the Cubs organization knows more about the Cubs minor leagues than AZPhil. If you are a hardcore Cubs fanatic like me and want the nitty gritty of what is going on at the Cubs Mesa facility, then AZPhil is mandatory reading. Whether it’s instructs, extended spring, the Cubs AZ Rookie team, or the Fall League, AZPhil has it covered.

We closed a historic spring at the new Cubs Park this past weekend, so here’s a little retrospective of some of our favorite Boys of Spring photos taken over the past month and a half at Cubs spring training.  All photos with the Boys of Spring watermark were taken by John Antonoff, those with no watermark were taken by me. Go Cubs!

And now, let’s play ball!

Cubs Park made a grand opening in 2014

Cubs Park made a grand opening in 2014

Cubs Ryan Sweeney HR at Cubs Park

Ryan Sweeney HR

Cubs Matt Szczur makes diving grab at Cubs Park

Matt Szczur makes diving grab

One of two Luis Valbuena HR's vs the White Sox

One of two Luis Valbuena HR’s vs the White Sox

Justin Ruggiano belts a triple vs Reds

Justin Ruggiano belts a triple vs Reds

Anthony Rizzo another hit vs Reds, he was 3-3.

Anthony Rizzo another hit vs Reds, he was 3-3

Shawon Dunston Jr. rips single vs Reds

Shawon Dunston Jr. rips single vs Reds

Junior Lake steals a HR from Mariners Logan Morrison

Junior Lake goes high to steal a HR

Ryan Kalish

Always hustling Ryan Kalish

Javier Baez HR

Javier Baez goes yard

Mike Olt pounds a two-run HR in eight inning for Cubs frist win at Cubs Park

Mike Olt pounds a two-run HR in eight inning

Cubs prospect Kris Bryant hits first spring training HR as a Chicago Cub

Kris Bryant hits first Cub HR

Cubs prospect Kris Bryant hits first HR

Kris Bryant high 5 after blast

Cubs prospect Albert Almora

Albert Almora hits a double

Jeff Samardzija throws first pitch ever at Cubs Park

Jeff Samardzija throws first pitch ever at Cubs Park

Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins leads fans during 7th inning stretch at Cubs Park

Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins leads fans during 7th inning stretch

Christian Villanueva in Cubs Park opening game

Christian Villanueva goes high in attempt to snag one

Cubs Josh Vitters

Josh Vitters

Cubs Albert Almora signs for young fan

Albert Almora signs for young fan

Cubs Manager Rick Renteria has a good laugh

Rick Renteria cracks em up

Matt Szczur Chicago Cubs

Matt Szczur

Cubs Alcantara and Watkins

Arismendy Alcantara and Logan Watkins

Ryan Kalish at Cubs camp 2014

Ryan Kalish

Mike Olt at Cubs Park 2014

Mike Olt happy to be a Cub

Kris Bryant at Cubs Park spring 2014

Kris Bryant

Jeff Samardzija at Cubs Park spring 2014

Jeff Samardzija getting some live action

Javier Baez and Jorge Soler at Cubs Park spring of 2014

Javier Baez and Jorge Soler chill before workouts

Anthony Rizzo at Cubs camp 2014

Anthony Rizzo

Albert Almora at Cubs Park spring training 2014

Albert Almora

Manager Rick Renteria at Cubs Park

Manager Rick Renteria talks with pitchers

Jose Veras

Jose Veras

Nate Schierholtz works out at new Cubs Park in Mesa, AZ

Nate Schierholtz

Darwin Barney with McDowell Mountains in background

Darwin Barney with McDowell Mountains in background

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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 boysofspring.com.
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