In addition to the signing of Dexter Fowler, the Cubs went out and picked up Shane Victorino to a minor league deal. Although he’s unlikely to see much playing time, if any at all, he’s like Kawasaki that he’ll be the go to guy in case of a sudden call up.
“I’m just ready for an opportunity and hope to be part of something special,” Victorino said. “I’ve been blessed in my career to be part of a couple special championships in special cities. I tell myself, being a fan of the game, when there’s a 100-plus-year drought in championships, you always want to be the first. That’s the goal.”
Whether it’s the cool thing to be a Cubs fan this year or just enjoy the winning spirit, players are focused I think more than ever for their eye on the prize. A little refresher.
The Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908.
They’ve got all the players to do it and man, I wished I lived in Chicago this season. I would have made it my second home. The excitement and electricity around Wrigley Field will be contagious.
“The memory that sticks out to me is that beer being poured on my head back in the day at Wrigley as a visiting player,” Victorino said. “You think about those kind of moments, and respectfully so. I understand the passion of Cubs fans. My brother was a childhood Cubs fan, and [Ryne] Sandberg was his favorite player, Andre Dawson. I’m used to seeing a Cubs logo since I was a child. To be able to put it on now, even with the situation the way it is, I’m excited for the opportunity in Spring Training.”
Joe Maddon will keep the positive vibes in the locker room and although nothing is guaranteed, it’s going to be awesome.
It could also be bittersweet.
What will Cubs fans do should they win the World Series? What’s the next step? All the monikers and tags associated with the franchise like Lovable Losers will be no more. There will be nothing to criticize anymore. No more “Would have, could have, should have beens.”
If the Cubs win the World Series, then they’ll be just as respected as any other team. What would a world be like with ,”The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 2016″
It sounds weird. Unnatural.
Perhaps the strangest part of all is that maybe, just maybe it’s the most natural thing in the world?
“Long faces are not permitted here,” Joe Maddon said. “The guy who attempts to be that guy who complains will get met rather quickly by some people telling him that we don’t do that here. I’ve had conversations with the group and individuals who I thought needed to be spoken to about potential adjustments and what may occur.”
Keeping it loose and positive because let’s face it, there’s going to be some ups and downs this summer. That’s going to be the key. I think the team is finished with the additions and with one week to go until the team plays their first Cactus League game, Addison Russell loves playing with Ben Zobrist.
“It’s a match made in heaven.” Russell said.