Cubs Corner: Spring Training, Equipment in Mesa, More

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In today’s edition of Cubs Corner, let’s look at some preseason stuff, a little Cubs history, and more. The days are ticking away and Spring Training is looming. Although there has been talk of a delay, for now, all systems are go.

In just a matter of days the team will be working out, with the first Spring Training games just 19 days away.

Cubs Corner: Spring Training

With COVID-19, who knows if the 2020 MLB preseason games will go off without any snags, but just to wet your whistle a little…

Dodgers @ Cubs: February 27th.

Cubs @ Indians: February 28th.

Athletics @ Cubs: March 1st.

Cubs @ Brewers: March 2nd.

Cubs Corner: Cubs Equipment in Mesa

In one edition of Cubs Corner last week, I wrote about the process that it took to get the Cubs equipment from Wrigley Field to Mesa, Arizona. I interviewed Jerry Siegel, President of Midway Moving and Storage to get a behind the scenes look at the move, the driver’s itinerary, and other things related to getting the Cubs equipment to Mesa for the start of Spring Training.

Just as Mr. Siegel predicted, his driver (Vince Holland), the truck, and the equipment arrived in Mesa on Sunday.

Cubs Corner: Flashback

As I pick and choose what goes into the Cubs history section, I’d be remiss to leave out the infamous Steve Bartman story and video. Many Cub fans are still seething 17+ years later. and to be quite truthful, on certain days I’m one of them.

The date was October 14, 2003, and the Cubs were in the postseason, looking like they had a legitimate chance. The Cubs were already up three games to two in the best of seven series with the Marlins (NLCS), but in the eighth inning of Game-6, the wheels fell off the train, courtesy of an overzealous fan named Steve Bartman and a foul ball.

Luis Castillo of the Marlins popped a ball headed for the stands in foul territory, but Cubs outfielder, Moises Alou was all over it, leaping toward the stands to make the play. Rather than to give Alou the room that he needed to help put the Marlins away and advance the Cubs to the World Series that year, Bartman decided that he’d make his own play.

Not only did Bartman get the ball, but he also got peppered with insults, beer, and other flying debris from the stands, all while Alou berated him from the field. The situation got so intense, security had to lead Bartman (and the infamous baseball) out through a secure entrance. For months, Bartman received death threats, as the Cubs would go on to lose not only that game but the series as well.

MLB rules state that it is not fan interference if the player has to reach into the stands to make the play, but common sense dictates that if “your” team is about to advance to the World Series (after nearly a century), you give the player room to make the play. Nope. Bartman wanted a souvenir – he ultimately got a hell of a lot more than that.

Bartman would eventually go into hiding but was invited by the Cubs to participate in the 2016 World Series celebration, but he refused.

Cubs Corner: Cubs Birthdays

Celebrating yesterday were the following ex-Cubs:

Join me again soon for another edition of Cubs Corner.

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Ken Allison is the senior of two MLB Department Heads, as well as a writer and editor for Overtime Heroics. A life-long MLB fan, he's also written for CubsHQ and had the opportunity to try out for the Chicago Cubs in 1986.