Track #5: We Are the Champions
There is a new attitude at camp this year. While it is not quite a “take it easy” approach, it is one that is delaying the preparation of the Chicago Cubs regulars. With the length of the season in 2016, plus the extending of Spring Training due to the World Baseball Classic, Manager
is taking his time in give the regulars their time.
But, they are the Champions. They are coming into the season as the reigning World Series Champions. The team knows what it takes to win, and being healthy and rested at the end of the season is what matters most.
The starting rotation had pitched one game each to this point. Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, and Ben Zobrist have fewer than 15 at-bats thus far. But, there is no need to push them now. Even with the limited time, they have a combined three home runs, eight RBI, and eight walks. They will be fine.
The goal of the team is simple: win. Sure, they may create t-shirts with fun slogans on them, but preparing for the stretch after the 162 game season remains paramount. No need to worry about winning in the Spring, whether it is on the road or at home. The end of the season is the focus.