Reversing previous bad habits, a losing mentality, curses, and nearly a century of frustration can be a cumbersome burden. So it is the Cubs are once again returning to the desert where it all started back in February. From that first day of Spring Training when pitchers and catchers reported to Fitch Park in Mesa it was clear that something had changed. Cubs new prized free-agent acquisition Alfonso Soriano had quietly shown up early to camp to get a head start on the season. That trend continued as every position player on the Cubs roster showed up before their scheduled “report date”.
The looming presence of new Manager Lou Piniella at Fitch brought a focused professional attitude that sent a message from day one; do your job the right way or it will be the highway. Perhaps the most important element that skipper Lou brought to Mesa was a winner’s attitude and persona. Piniella stated early that winning a World Series was the goal for his new ballclub and every Cubs player knew, Lou had already been there and done that. During spring training, Piniella talked of his team developing a “Cubs swagger” no doubt that would only be obtained by winning. So after a long season full of ups and downs the Cubs have persevered and have a chance to make the dreams of Cubs nation come true. It’s time to see that “Cubs swagger”.