What To Make of the Skinny Cubs


My biggest takeaway from the Cubs’ early spring games is probably yours as well. These Cubs aren’t Those Cubs. These Cubs are skinny.

Hector “Cerveza and Bratwursts” Rondon is enjoying Texas barbeque. René “The Prince of Puff” Rivera is inhaling fish tacos in Southern California. And about half of Kyle Schwarber is missing.

Even Chris Gimenez, a man whose job (back-up catcher) is the most ideal in sports to keep that holiday weight on a couple months extra, looks like he does Soul Cycle on the weekends.

When Ben Zobrist said this team was hungry, I didn’t realize they were just physically wanting for food.

So what am I to make of this latest development from Mesa? What do we think of these CrossFit Cubs?

I really think there’s only one conclusion to draw here. This 2018 club seems to be a little short on the lovable fat guys and a little long on the motivated hardos. And that’s just fine with me. After an oft-lackadaisical 2017, I’m happy to see the fellas going the extra mile with their fitness. Time will tell if Schwarber’s lower BMI will lead to a higher OBP, but we know his head and his heart are in the right place, and he’s putting in the work. Here’s to winning skinny in 2018.