5 Craig Counsell quotes that will have Cubs fans ready to run through a wall

Hungry and ready to win, the new Cubs skipper is ready to make his mark on the North Side.

Chicago Cubs Introduce Craig Counsell as Manager
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On Monday, the Craig Counsell era officially began in Wrigleyville, as he was introduced as the 56th manager in franchise history in a press conference. As the offseason starts picking up steam, Chicago figures to be in the mix for a number of the top free agents and the trade market could be a major factor, as well.

But when you're paying a manager an amount the game has never seen before, at least on an annual basis, first impressions probably get a little more attention than they otherwise would. It was all eyes on Counsell Monday - and he didn't disappoint.

Craig Counsell is ready to win - and deliver on fans' new expectations

"You walk into Wrigley today, the first day as a Cub and it already starts to mean something. You walk into the history. You walk into the energy. You walk into a place that you already know it demands your best."

Craig Counsell

The expectation, especially with the long-needed renovation of the iconic ballpark and all its facilities, not to mention the new complex in Arizona and the redevelopment of the Wrigleyville neighborhood, frankly, should be winning - period. Yes, the team improved on its 2022 record this year, but winning 83 games and missing the postseason cannot be considered a success for a major market team like the Cubs.

Counsell understands the task at hand: win. It's that simple. Expectations have changed a great deal in the last 7 years - and he is embracing both the end goal and the challenge right out of the gates.