It may seem a little silly, but I’m checking in with the Chicago Cubs. They have laid out a number of disappointing seasons even when they’ve made the playoffs. Now they are getting ready for next season, and I’m excited. In fact, with the Bears doing fairly well, I’m downright giddy. The Bulls aren’t doing badly either; did I die and go to Heaven?
Carrie Muskat has posted an article at the Chicago Cubs’ website titled “Cubs’ Castro getting set for sophomore season.” He is down in the Dominican Republic, where the Cubs have a camp. They are not only working with Castro but young kids in their mid-teens.
As an aside, it is interesting to what extremes pro baseball clubs go to get and train talent. I’m not saying it is bad, because those kids in the Dominican Republic could use a break, but it is interesting how far ahead teams think.
As you might recall, the Cubs — despite having absolutely no chance to win their division — finished the season with a rabid run of 24-13 and made Mike Quade the regular manager.
I believe the Cubs are going to be a force to be reckoned with next season, and that is why I am so excited.
However, the main reason I think they are going to go somewhere is new manager Quade.
The Cubs players are young. They opted to go that route. Quade has managed in the minor leagues for 17 years, and is quite used to dealing with young players. This is one time that you perhaps do not want a “veteran big-name” manager like the Cubs have had. Quade can relate to these players.
The proof is in the excitement that Starlin Castro has. He has been working year-round, and the Cubs in general are already “warming up” for next season.
I believe the true benefit is that this young team does not carry the “loser emblem” on their shoulders. They are not slowed by the history of failure. I think perhaps this is the type of management and player roster that is needed to win the World Series.
I don’t believe I said that.
Chicago Cubs Website, Carrie Muskat, “Cubs’ Castro getting set for sophomore season”