Chicago Cubs: It’s time to start turning expectations into results
The Chicago Cubs have high expectations this year. At some point perception will have to become a reality if they hope to be World Series champions in 2016.
After an incredible 2015 that can only be described as a “rollercoaster of emotions”, the Chicago Cubs find themselves on top of the baseball world, at least on paper. The success of last season will aid in the development of a young core of stars but ultimately this is a new year, and these players will have to re-establish the mojo once more.
It’s safe to presume that the Cubs know that a championship won’t be handed to them. Despite saying all the right things, actions always speak louder than words. A year ago Anthony Rizzo proclaimed a division title in the windy city.
Fans, including myself, love to hear our star players speak with such confidence, but a humbling trip to the NLCS gave Rizzo the type of perspective that will ultimately make him a better leader.
We have reached the beginning of a new road. A road that we hope ends in a rally. The Cubs look determined to do what is necessary to prolong the success they encountered last season. Jake Arrieta will be on an innings limit in the hope he can stay fresh for a playoff push.
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The went out and signed Ben Zobrist, who will provide a stable, veteran presence in the lineup and on the field, and when they knew that beating the Cardinals was priority number one, the Cubs signed away the two best free agents from their arch rivals in Jason Heyward and John Lackey.
If you aren’t convinced of the level of commitment by the Chicago Cubs heading into spring training, consider the following. 40 of the 60 spring training invitees reported to camp early, including Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Rizzo and Heyward.
I understand that every team has early arrivals, but when two-thirds of the full team squad do it, it sets a clear tone that they want to get down to business.
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The dedication that these players have to the team and each other will carry them deeper than any statistic could cover. Cub fans are excited and for good reason too. We are watching something that could turn out to be very special, but the accolades and trophies that come with it won’t be a given.
The Cubs know that hard work and focus will be a factor, and the reality of that started when the arrived in Mesa.