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Fresh air, green grass, sunshine and baseball, sounds like something we can all enjoy right now. The Cubs open Cactus League play today at the San Diego Padres in Peoria, AZ. The weather looks fantastic, with a high temperature of 70 degrees and plenty of sunshine.
It’s the beginning of spring training, so don’t read too much into the lineup below.
Cubs Manager David Ross has this lineup for today:
Kyle Hendricks and Adbert Alzolay (Tuesday) will start the first two exhibition games in Arizona.
It’s the late great Harry Caray’s birthday today. He was born Harry Christopher Carabina on this day in 1914. I have several CubTalk episodes featuring our old pal Harry, including this fun one. In the video, you can see Harry in the stands watching a Cubs game drinking a cold beer. Happy Birthday Harry, this Bud’s for you!
It’s also composer Frédéric Chopin’s birthday, he was born on this day in 1810. Among his famous compositions is ‘Spring Waltz,’ which seems fitting.
Let the Spring Waltz begin – Let’s play ball!