Cubs GM taking dog to spring training

Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer is driving to spring training this year, and he chose a traveling companion who won't be hounding him with suggestions on how to end a World Series drought.

"I love my dog too much, apparently," Hoyer said Thursday on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on ESPN 1000. "I'm going to take the slow route, take about four days.

"I'm doing St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque and in there. Stopping with friends. It's going to be long and it's going to probably be the only year I do it."

Hoyer's companion will be a golden retriever.

"I'm actually driving out tomorrow," Hoyer said. "We have organizational meetings next Wednesday and Thursday, physicals on Friday, then the first workouts on Saturday."

Hoyer and team president Theo Epstein have been coming to grips with the challenge facing them since taking over in October. The Cubs haven't won a Series since 1908, and they're going with a bit of a youth movement this season while trying to develop their minor league system.

It's the type of situation where unconditional love and loyalty might come in handy.