Chicago Cubs: Ringing in the New Year with one important resolution
Well, 2015 is officially in the books and after an exciting year of Chicago Cubs baseball, it’s time to turn the page and prepare for the upcoming season with one thing in mind.
For those who come up with New Year’s resolutions, most go for the typical weight loss, eliminating stress, etc. While most of them are nice, you can’t help but want a World Series title to come back to the North Side of Chicago.
Or at least, that should be on the minds of ever fan and player who represents the Chicago Cubs.
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With all the moves this team has made over the past couple of seasons, their chances of accomplishing that goal increase.
Last off-season, Theo Epstein, and Jed Hoyer managed to sign skipper Joe Maddon, southpaw Jon Lester and made a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for veteran catcher, Miguel Montero.
Three individuals with postseason experience that transformed this young organization into a monster that later launched seven home runs in one postseason game while hosting the St. Louis Cardinals.
After having their miracle season come to an end at the hands of Daniel Murphy and the New York Mets, the Cubs went back to work and emerged as free agent winners for a second consecutive year.
The additions of their newly signed center fielder, Jason Heyward, right-handed pitcher John Lackey, and second baseman Ben Zobrist not only upgraded their depth chart but turned them into one of the best starting lineup’s in all professional baseball.
It’ll be difficult to predict who will be where when it comes to the batting lineup considering how often Maddon likes to switch things up. It’s all about match-ups, but the pitcher will more than likely continue to hit from the eighth spot.
There were only a couple of times last season in which Maddon shocked us all when he bumped his starter to the bottom of the order. Whatever works and continues to help this team win baseball games, it’s fine with me.
One thing that will be weird is not seeing Starlin Castro on the field or in the dugout with a Chicago Cubs uniform on his back. That’ll take some time to get used too, but that just might be me.
Still, this team has the best opportunity at not only going further in the postseason but winning the National League Central, dethroning Adam Wainwright and those Redbirds.
We here at Cubbies Crib hope that each and every one of you had a very safe and Happy New Year.