MESA, Ariz. -- There were a few problems figuring out how to get from the Cubs' complex to the field, but so far, the team's new spring stadium, Cubs Park, is passing all the tests.
On Monday, some of the Cubs, including Anthony Rizzo, Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro, had a chance to take batting practice at the new ballpark, which is a short golf cart ride from the Spring Training facility. Pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood tested the mound in an early session. The only minor glitch was figuring out which door to use to gain access.
"It's a beautiful facility," manager Rick Renteria said. "Obviously, we came and saw it earlier, but to have them go out there and hit, we'll allow them to get a feel for the field."
What did Renteria like?
"Everything," he said. "It's brand new, [there's] expansive seating -- it's incredible. For a Spring Training facility, that's a big league ballpark."
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