If you’ve never been to Mesa to check out Cubs spring training, I’d highly recommend you try to go early, even before the first official full squad practice. That may seem counterintuitive, and I realize most people want to see the games, but getting up close to the players before the crowds reach peak insanity is priceless.
That said, there were actually more people hanging around Sloan today than there normally are. Things were pretty crazy last year following the World Series championship season, but I really think the crowds are going to be just as big again this year. That’s good for the Cubs, but maybe not as good for you and me.
I bounced between the main fields today and managed to get some good pics and video. At Field 2, I caught Jason Heyward, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, and Javy Baez taking batting practice. After they finished, Baez and Bryant scooted over to Field 1 for some fielding drills.
So here’s video of that sweet action. Enjoy!