The Cubs had organizational meetings Tuesday on the first day of workouts, making for a long day for manager Dale Sveum.

With many new minor league coaches and coordinators, it was an opportunity for Cubs' brass to go over the prospects in the system and discuss the so-called "Cubs Way" of teaching.

"You're trying to get the same message," Sveum said. "That's what the manual is about, and to make sure all levels are speaking the same language, but also understanding that individuals coach. That's what they're there for — to bring their own insight to things."

President Theo Epstein's philosophy of running an organization may differ from other executives. At a recent meeting of the team's scouts in Chicago, the scouts were reminded to be careful about punctuation and capitalization in their reports. It may seem like small potatoes, but the Cubs apparently believe in the credo of famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: "God is in the details."

Spring training arrived in good time at Fitch Park on Tuesday, bringing with it the same renewed optimism evident in every major league camp. Even the Cubs can dream the unthinkable — rebounding from 101 losses and making a World Series for the first time since 1945.

The fields were covered with frost and temperatures were in the mid-30s when players reported Tuesday morning, making for an unusual sight in their final spring at the old and outdated facility.

"Pretty cool," outfielder David DeJesus said. "I wanted to go out there and slide around in it a little bit."

The cold morning dew evaporated in time for batting practice and pitchers fielding practice, where Matt Garza was seen throwing perfect strikes to first base, which, surprisingly, was manned by former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood, now a spring training instructor. Which sight was stranger — Wood at first or Garza not launching a rocket over the dugout — was in the eye of the beholder.