Thursday morning announcement thread
First and foremost - the Cubs won the Spring opener yesterday by a score of 5-3. The deciding factor in the win was a granny by Micah Hoffpauir, who wants to really get us worked up when the Cubs leave him off the 25-man roster no matter what numbers he puts up in Spring Training. Much as Dusty Baker says, baseball is - or at least should be - an earn it sport, and if Hoffpauir proves that his bat can be more valuable than the gloves of So Taguchi and/or Joey Gathright, then he damn well better break camp with the team.
In other news, long-time Goat Reader AJ Walsh has started a new blog called Bench Aaron Miles! BAM! is presently lacking in the bells and whistles, but I have already cooked up a logo for him and will be a sometimes-contributor on the site along perhaps with Goat Rider Rob. I wish AJ all the luck in the world, although I sincerely hope that Miles is in fact benched before the Cubs leave for New York to smack around the Yankees.
Lastly and most importantly - at least as far as GROTA is concerned - we are proud to announce that we will be adding a new writer to our staff. Chris Yarbrough - aka Yarbage - has been blogging about the Cubs since 2003. In fact, his was perhaps the second Cubs blog I ever read on a regular basis back before I started one of my own. For a time, Yarbage was working as a real live journalist before moving on to become a teacher, and since he doesn't feel that he can blog regularly on his own he's decided to join us and blog semi-regularly for GROTA. Let's all give him a warm welcome while being thankful that he's not likely to turn out to be a bit loony like one of our past writers. Still, I shall call him Probie until he either proves himself by punching Vance Law in the face or we bring on another new writer, who would then take up the moniker.