Arrieta's bid for 2nd straight no-hitter ends on 5th pitch
FILE - In this March 29, 2016, file photo, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta throws against the Oakland Athletics during a spring training baseball game in Mesa, Ariz. Arrieta says it is "flattering" that "some of the best players in the game" are spreading rumors that Arrieta is using performance-enhancing drugs. The National League Cy Young Award winner and Chicago Cubs ace didn't name names Tuesday, April 26, but said his teammates have heard rumors from other players that the right-hander has used PEDs to fuel his emergence with the Cubs. As manager Joe Maddon says, "we've all become suspicious" in baseball. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
Cubs open new spring training baseball park in Mesa, Ariz.
For now, the Cubs continue to sell hope, a promise that better days are coming. They tout their minor league system, and while renovations to Wrigley Field remain on hold, they can point to a new spring training home for a distraction.