Thursday was a day that I think all Cubs fans can appreciate.

The Cubs defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-3. Even though it's only February and spring training wins and losses mean little, it's always nice to win games.

What's even better is the showing of several players who are, we hope, going to be the future core of this team: Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Junior Lake.

Soler went 1-for-3 and threw out Josh Reddick trying to take an extra base in the first inning with a rocket of a throw from right field.

Baez went 1-for 3; Lake went 2-for-3 with one RBI.

Most of this was off pitchers who will actually be on the A's 25-man roster: Brett Anderson (who was named their Opening Day starter), Bartolo Colon and Jordan Norberto (who was one of their better relievers last year).

This is all very, very good. Obviously, one spring-training game doesn't make a future, but you can see from the way these guys have played so far that they will belong at the big-league level before very long. Also, Christian Villanueva, another TheoJed acquisition, drove in a run with a sac fly. Other Cubs with RBI: Dave Sappelt and Darnell McDonald.