Player Mailbag: Russell will miss season ticket holder Phil


Other than a brief stint with the Atlanta Braves last season, Chicago Cubs reliever James Russell has been with the organization since being drafted in 2007. He's seen the highs and lows and is happy to be back on a winning team. He was also happy enough to answer your questions in this week's player mailbag:

James Russell: It's great. Everything has changed for the better and we have a winning atmosphere going on. And the games means something. We're not doing terrible so it's fun. I love it.

JR: Yes and no. Yes, because we won't have to deal with all the elements, getting rained on and all that. But no, because you make some cool interactions with some people. There's one season ticket holder, Phil. You become friends with over the years. It'll be sad not to be sitting with him all game.

JR: You kind of do have to change your mindset but you don't want to go about it that way. You really want to think the same in either case. I'd rather be in the high-pressured situation, you find out what you're made of. It's nice to have those little gut-checks.

JR: Hmm, I don't know. I think he might win. He used to be an infielder so he can probably run a little bit. Plus I'm like a year older. I think.

JR: Yeah, I never wanted to leave, but sure I enjoyed all those relationships with those guys. A lot of them got shipped away but I enjoyed it. Wish we could have done a little bit better at the end of last year but that's the past.

JR: I put a real hurting on Joe's Stone Crab. I love that place. One of my favorites.

JR: Both great names. Both Russell's so we have all the power in the world.

JR: He keeps it loose, but he'll let you know whenever you're not doing something wrong. And he has a good way about teaching what he wants you to work on. Good ways about how he goes about it all and easy to get along with.

JR: George Jones. And I've started to become a fan of Jason Aldean and Cole Swindell. I had the pleasure of meeting them both. They're cool guys and they both like baseball.

JR: My wife. She takes better care of it. She's a hair stylist so she has me on that one.