Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, turns 83 today. cbssports.com has chosen the occasion to display Ernie's minor league scouting report here. Even if no one else is optimistic about the Cubs prospects for the coming season, Ernie will be.
Today is also the birthday of my great friend Kevin Kelly, who lost a battle with liver cancer a few years ago. I met Kevin when I was 15 (he was a few years older), and we started a band together. He was a great, very lyrical guitarist, and an even better person.