When Chicago Cubs’ President Theo Epstein came to Chicago, he talked about a plan. He explained that things would get worse than they were when he got there before it got better. Boy, was he right. The Cubs had their worst two-year stretch in franchise history.
This season was going along the same way. Epstein is sticking to his plan, however. As the season winds down, we are possibly seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
The Cubs have called up a number of their prospects, and things are starting to change. Even though the Cubs are still a last place team (and been there for most of the season), the low morale that existed over the last two seasons is not there right now.
Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks and Arismendy Alcantara are adding excitement to a Chicago Cubs team in desperate need of something. Come Wednesday, add Jorge Soler to that mix, and there is something in the air on the North side of Chicago.
Now, the Cubs have not won a World Series in over a century, so just because these players are exciting doesn’t mean they will win one soon. They are showing, though, better play than what we have seen. We can see that the Cubs have already hit bottom and are now heading up.
The young Cubs just spent the weekend beating up one of the best teams in the American League, the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles. They swept the Orioles, and it was fun.
Speaking to reporters after Saturday’s win, Renteria mentioned the youngsters. “Yeah, I think they’re playing with a lot of confidence. The kids that have been joining us, like all young players they want to show you that they belong. So you have that going for you. But the skill set, they have the skill set, the variable to use and right now we’ve been able to get some decent at-bats and generate some offense.”
Excitement isn’t the only thing the youngsters have brought with them. Playing against teams that are still in playoff contention, these Cubbies have won 16 of their last 27 games. They are giving their fans a taste of what may be coming in the future, and those fans are now excited. Now, when Kris Bryant eventually comes up…