There’s a funny and peculiar thing happening at the Cubs camp this spring; They’re winning. The Cubs record is 5-6 and it’s not .500 but folks, it’s a good thing. Of course, there’s a lot of factors at work here. Teams are playing prospects, it’s a relaxed environment and it’s pretty much batting practice. You know the drill.
The difference with the Cubs however, is the PROMISE and COMMITMENT to winning. Check out the Cubs website and you’ll see the words Committed. There’s a double entendre happening, but I’m going to take the dedication of changing the culture around the team.
We know Theo Epstein’s track record. He’s a winner wherever he goes. A smart man indeed. Check Wikepedia if you want to get an in depth history of the Cubs. If you’re lazy, my grandmother turned 99 this year and she ain’t ever seen the Cubs win a World Series. C’mon Cubs do it for my grandmother!
In order for the Cubs to get to that goal, they’re going to need their aces to keep up the consistency and patience at the plate. Anthony Rizzo needs to hit, Starlin Castro needs his focus, Darwin Barney has to be disciplined with his defence and Javier Baez, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant are all going to have to make believers out of Theo Epstein.
The last couple of games have been a shooting gallery. 9-0 and 10-8 victories. Nobody’s planning the parade just yet, but the excitement this spring is a little contagious don’t you think? people come up to me and ask me how the Cubs are going to do this year? Oh sure I hear the jokes, but when I tell them about the young talent brewing in the system, suddenly those jokes change to,”Hey Mark, I saw some highlights in the game yesterday.” All right, you can fill in a joke there if you want.
I don’t believe in curses, myths or any other blame games. I believe in poor decisions and bad management. This year’s installment of the Cubs is different for all of the right reasons. They’re young, talented and have something to prove.
That’s something to believe in, brother.