It's a new Cubs team that hits Chicago Monday for the long-awaited home opener.
OK, maybe the team's not so new - or even so different from last year's second-place disappointment, if early returns mean anything.
Well, it's a spruced-up Wrigley Field that greets the team, complete with upgraded weight room and clubhouse kitchen, and a new players' lounge - as well as several improvements to restrooms and seating areas.
A team nutritionist, who already has banned soda and other junk food from the clubhouse, also is on board this season, along with a team psychiatrist (granted, probably a year late).
So what competitive edge might the Cubs expect from all the amenities and specialty personnel?
``[The ballpark upgrades] make it a much more pleasant experience for our fans [and players], but you win on the field,'' said manager Lou Piniella, who hasn't seen much of that in six road games so far.
``The dietician doesn't get any base hits,'' he said. ``The psychiatrist - I haven't seen him hit a two-run homer yet. But he can help. ...
``You've got to play on the field. All those other things might prepare you a little better to play on the field. But, still, when the umpire says play ball, you've still got to play.''