The excitement and anticipation of the 2016 season gets even better now that pitchers and catchers have officially reported for duty.
Are there any questions or concerns about this season? Will Javier Baez rebound this season and finally mature with the departure of Starlin Castro?
I’ve often said that the mark of a truly great pitcher is how deep he can go into games. Jake Arrieta went deep four times last season and the Cubs made it to the NLCS.
“Going deep in games looks good on paper, but a ring looks a little better at the end of November.” said Arrieta.
Yes it does, but the Cubs are a little different this season with the acquisition of veteran John Lackey which should take the pressure off of Jon Lester and Arrieta. My God, it’s hard to keep up with the J’s on the team.
One guy I’m excited to see in a Cubs uniform is Munenori Kawasaki. Although it’s a minor league deal, he’s the kind of player that’s good in the clubhouse. He gives 110% when he’s called upon and adds just that little bit more in depth to the club even if he might get just a little chance this season in the very deep Cubs lineup.
Is there any pressure on the Cubs to win the World Series?
“We have not won a World Series in a century, so there’s nothing to get complacent or cocky about,” Joe Maddon said. “Bring that all on the table, talk about it, say it up front. That’s why I believe it’s important to embrace the target.”
There’s going to be a lot of winning this year and it’s going to be fun. Could Anthony Rizzo finally win that MVP award and become that team leader in Cubs history that does it all?
This is going to be David Ross’s last season and there’s a great chance he could finish his career with another championship ring. He brought the maturity to the club along with Miguel Montero that is unmeasurable. This will be a fun year for him.
“I didn’t come into this going, ‘This is my last year and I want to do all this,'” Ross said. “It’s about that time for me to do whatever it is I need to do the rest of my life and start a new chapter. I really just want to get myself ready to play and help this team win and take in some more things, knowing it’s the last one. I want to take in the moments a little more and enjoy the highlights of the season and the guys.”
Opening Day can’t get here soon enough. Spring Training starts March 3 and in many ways it’s going to be just as sweet as the regular season. I truly feel that without jinxing anything, this year is going to be a great ride. It’s going to be special. In year’s past the Cubs have been household names for the wrong reasons but now, people are talking about them.