The Cubs opened Cactus League play yesterday by honoring “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks with a touching pregame video, and moment of silence at Sloan Park. The team appropriately, “played two”, finishing with a split-squad 2-2 tie (9 innings) at Sloan Park, and a 8-6 loss to the Giants in Scottsdale.
Here are photos by John Antonoff from the game in Scottsdale, where some of the Cubs youngsters and prospects were raking, including a grand slam by 2014 first round draft pick Kyle Schwarber on his 22nd birthday.
Cubs sporting the #14 caps in honor of “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks
Kyle Schwarber grand slam
Schwarber gets congrats at plate
La Stella puts on the tag
The future? Kris Bryant and Addison Russell
Jacob Turner throws two scoreless innings
Billy McKinney goes yard
Addison Russell base hit
Christian Villanueva puts tag on
Albert Almora was 2 for 2
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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