After all those months of joy and celebration, and basking in the glory that many in the previous generations never knew, it is time to reset for a new season of Major League Baseball. This is also a time for us to re-establish our rhythm as a blog and a Chicago Cubs community, so you’ll be bombarded with links quite shortly. But don’t worry, there’s a method to the madness, and a bit of a story to be told.
For starters, we will look at the 25 guys who will face off against Dexter Fowler and the St. Louis Cardinals to begin the 2017 season. Note that these won’t be the same guys on the roster by the end of the season, as that would be some kind of miracle.
- Mike Montgomery
- Brian Duensing (10-day DL)
- Koji Uehara
- Justin Grimm
- Carl Edwards Jr.
- Pedro Strop
- Hector Rondon
- Wade Davis
We are quite fortunate that not only are these guys good at baseball (many of them are REALLY good at baseball), they’re also loads of fun. That combination of talent, fun/clubhouse chemistry, and a pinch or two of luck will hopefully fulfill our prophecy that the Cubs will lead the NL Central yet again. In order, we have:
In the latest Dreamcast, we talk a lot about how good the Cubs seem on paper, and it’s difficult to find any reason why they can’t make the playoffs easily yet again. Of course, the baseball season is long and hard (PHRASING), so we won’t get too far ahead of ourselves. In 162 games (minus rainouts and the potential tiebreaker games), even the Cubs are expected to lose anywhere between 60-70 games, at the minimum. But remember that even if they drop the season opener, each game is a different situation with different sets of variables, and it’s best if we forget the negatives and build on the positives. And most importantly, we should remember to have fun.
It does help that the Cubs won the World Series, so we can relax a bit and actually have some fun. Here’s to another great season in a hopefully long string of them.