For a few years now, the Chicago Cubs have been building a winner. Perhaps it’s been difficult for (some) fans to see given the results on the field, but the future was always the main goal.
And it looks like the future is now as the 2015 season slowly approaches.
With big time prospects set for full seasons in the majors, calculated free agent signings at needed positions and a new manager tying it all together – the Cubs finally look destined to make some noise on the field.
But what about off the field?
As anyone who has played a sport knows, chemistry off the field is just as important as the talent on it. Often times, it’s the chemistry generated in the clubhouse that turns into tangible results in the standings.
The ‘Baby Cubs’ are showing they have real chemistry off the field, which is something we haven’t seen, well, ever. Who’s to credit with this phenomenon?
Welcome to Joe Maddon’s Chicago Cubs.
Joe Maddon has always been regarded as a “player’s manager.” His personality resonates with players as cool, edgy, and calm. That type of demeanor is extremely infectious.
Take this, for instance. Dexter Fowler is one of the newest Cubs on the roster. It’s quite common for new players to struggle to assimilate with their new team, but that hasn’t been the case with guys like Fowler or Jon Lester.
Despite being new to the team himself, Joe Maddon is clearly the driving force behind the Cubs’ uplifting clubhouse camaraderie.
Just take a look at these:
You have Kris Bryant and Albert Almora celebrating birthdays together.
Top golf with the birthday girl! pic.twitter.com/b6ChxtGepU
— Kris Bryant (@KrisBryant_23) March 5, 2015
Anthony Rizzo snapping selfies at his locker with two of the younger Baby Cubs, Jorge Soler and Javier Baez.
— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) March 13, 2015
It’s 2015, and the rise of social media certainly serves as a catalyst to this phenomenon, but you can’t argue that you’ve seen anything like this from the Cubs in recent years. It’s almost as if they view themselves as, well, a family.
And to me, that’s as refreshing as anything I’ve seen from this team thus far.
I like it more than Kris Bryant’s six Cactus League home runs. I like it more than Jon Lester throwing scoreless baseball in his first two outings in Arizona. Hell, I even like it more than watching people finally discover who Addison Russell is.
The air surrounding the 2015 Chicago Cubs cannot be quantified in home runs and the amount of empty World Series predictions.
As a true Cubs fan it’s imperative we accept this young bunch of players for what they are: flawed. But they’re flawed together, ready to ride both the ups and downs together behind the leadership of their fearless (and sometimes crazy) manager.
And with the future finally becoming the present on the North Side, I wouldn’t anyone besides Joe Maddon in that position.
(Featured Photo courtesy of WGN Video)