Captions from photos in the January '07 edition of Vine Line:

Two sports for Samardzija

Len Kasper and Bob Brenly rock

Angel Pagan wants to help

Ryne Sandberg plays "coach" in 1993 with Eric Yelding and Tommy Shields.

Left-hander Ted Lilly brings a workhorse reputation and big curveball from the American League.

Soriano was a Carp before he was a Yankee.

Right-hander Jason Marquis should slide into the starting rotation and eat up some significant innings in '07.

Southpaw Neal Cotts could see time either as a reliever or starter in 2007, similar to Glendon Rusch in '06.

Second baseman Mark DeRosa parlayed a breakout 2006 into a starting job and a lucrative three-year contract; Daryle Ward was the majors' best pinch hitter in 2006 and should bolster the Cubs bench.

While Opening Ceremonies and getting Ryne Sandberg's autograph are a convention staple, picking up a Project 3000 wristband is a new wrinkle.

Bigwigs: Cubs GM Jim Hendry, Alfonso Soriano and President John McDonough joke during a photo shoot. Soriano's mother, Andrea, and VP of Marketing Jay Blunk look on.

With advisors, Jenkins announces his contract in 1972. Wrigley was a shrewd negotiator. Key figures in sports agent history, Miller, Boras, Sammy Sosa's agent Adam Katz.

Vine Line editors Jim McArdle and Mike Huang get a lesson in baseball physics from Cubs reliever Scott Eyre.

Eyre shows just how low the arms of submarine-style hurlers can go.

Eyre displays the grip for a "circle" change-up.

At last, the infamous "grime."

After batting .287 with 63 RBIs in 112 games in his first stint at Class-AA in 2004, at Binghampton, Pagan moved up to Triple A. Two years later he was in the majors.

At the age of 18, Pagan left his native Puerto Rico and launched his pro career in the United States, playing Rookie ball for Kingsport in the Mets' farm system.

In his latter years, the first Cub draftee has become the patriarch to the James gang of northwestern Alabama.

After donning a Cubs jersey and tossing from the Wrigley bullpen in June, Samardzija returned to the gridiron in the fall.


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