MLB spring training, and what this means for the Chicago Cubs


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MESA, ARIZONA – APRIL 02: Patrick Wisdom #16 of the Chicago Cubs blows bubble gum before the MLB spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Sloan Park on April 02, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

T-minus one week until MLB spring training is to begin. What this entails for the Chicago Cubs is that the spotlight is on them, and they need to perform. This is the Cubs’ first chance to prove to the league that the big acquisitions their front office has made over the past few months are going to be worth it. I know for a fact that the Cubs have the best middle infield in the National League with Cody Bellinger in center, Nico Hoerner at second, and Dansby Swanson at shortstop. This team has what it takes, which I have been preaching that for a while now, but they have to start this journey off the correct way.

Spring training consists of approximately thirty-three games, which is plenty of time for the Cubs to “get their footing” and gear up for the regular season. While some may look at spring training as pointless and meaningless, I view it as a great opportunity for a new team to bond and grow. The first step is always the most important when it comes to the “road to October”, for the Cubs’ journey to make the playoffs will not be an easy one.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Cubs will make the postseason this year, but what is going to help them immensely is starting the season off strong. I don’t expect them to go undefeated through spring training, but I expect to see them with over a .750 win percentage. This is the best time for the Cubs to experiment with different line-ups and positions because when opening day comes around in two months, the team needs to know its strengths and weaknesses in order to set up for the utmost success possible.

I am enticed to see what this entire season brings, but I am incredibly excited for the beginning of spring training. While at times it may not be as enjoyable to watch as regular season games, spring training is like an appetizer, the regular season is the main course, and the postseason is dessert. I love a good appetizer because it sets the mood for how the rest of the dining experience is going to be. I already know the Cubs are going to light it up with the new additions to the team, and I can barely wait another minute to see it all play out.

The fan base outside of the Chicago Cubs realm is made up of people who are doubting the Cubs, for they have low expectations for the team this year. This will only make the definite victories so much sweeter. The Cubs are emerging from the shadows whether baseball fans like it or not, and the sky’s the limit for what the team from the northside of Chicago can achieve this year.