This is it. Tonight marks the beginning of the most anticipated Chicago Cubs season in quite sometime. Last season’s Cy Young winner, Jake Arrieta takes to the mound against Garrett Richards and the Los Angeles Angeles.
Spring Training is done and everyone is excited to get things going. Yesterday’s few games were a tease of the Opening Day, but today, man take your pick on what game to watch.
“Here in Chicago, the only difference is everybody’s hungry,” Jason Heyward said. “The fans are hungry. They’re excited. They have a good team on the field, but we all understand as players that it can look good on paper, but you have to go play the game and put the work in.”
He’s such a newbie.
Think about it this way, It was my great grandfather that might have had the opportunity to read the newspaper and witness a World Series Championship from the Chicago Cubs. Yeah, Wrigley Field is going to be amazing this year.
“Why would you want to go to where there’s 10,000 strong in the ballpark where you’re predicted to finish last? I’ve been there — it’s no fun,” Maddon said. “I’d much rather a raucous crazy ballpark, great fan base and try to live up to those [expectations], not just because you’re trying to satisfy anybody’s urges, but it’s because Major League players are professional and your goal is to win and that’s what you want to do. If your motivation comes from the outside in, it’s not going to work. The motivation has to come from within.”
I just wish that the Cubs weren’t playing the Angels tonight. Tomorrow’s going to be a rough day at work but it’ll be worth it. This season will be something special even if they don’t go all the way.
Because we know they’ll be good. They’ll send shivers down the spines of all who walk into those hallowed grounds of Wrigley Field. This is the first season in a while where the Chicago Cubs are feared. No more “Lovable Losers” this year, they’re winners.
Every player on the team wants to end the drought and this year they have the tools to do it.
“That’s exciting to me,” Illinois native Ben Zobrist said. “That’s one of the biggest challenges that brought me here. For me, that’s what’s a little bit different this year. I get to play for my home state team trying to chase a championship here.”
There’s a lot more to it than that Ben, but he’s right in that the attitude this season is different. No more Alfonso Soriano or Carlos Zambrano. Hell, even Starlin Castro frustrated everyone no matter those flash in the pan days he may of had. Naw, this season has the ere’ of being our team. The kind of team that would have made Ron Santo scream from his perch or Ernie Banks want to play three.