When the Cubs players all started showing up to Mesa well ahead of their report dates last season, it was kind of a big deal for the legions of fans who were used to the laissez faire days of Sammy Sosa. Not that anyone was really worried about these guys slipping into apathy after winning the World Series or something, but you never really know how success and fame are going to impact people.
Heck, Joe Maddon just talked about keeping his team uncomfortable in order to avoid any laurel-resting. Call me crazy, but I don’t think the skipper is going to have to work too hard on that front. We’ve already see Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber working on their respective games at Sloan Park, and now we’ve got video and photos of several more early arrivals taking BP and getting in a little outfield work.
In addition to War Bear and J-Hey, Jon Jay, Willson Contreras, and Matt Szczur, and more took some cuts in the cage. Stick around after the video for a brief, but incredibly riveting nonetheless, slideshow of a few of these guys shagging flies.