5 Reasons Chicago Cubs Will Be Contenders in 2013

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5 Reasons Chicago Cubs Will Be Contenders in 2013
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Chicago Cubs fans have gotten too accustomed to the phrase “There’s always next year.” A fanbase that starts each offseason with so much promise and optimism gets sorely disappointed come August.

A couple years ago a Cardinals fan asked me if I knew what Cubs stood for. I politely said a cub is a baby bear. She replies, “Cubs stands for completely useless by September.”

As offended as I was, I couldn’t help but see the truth in that. The Cubs typically aren’t in the discussion come September.

The last time they were was in 2003. We all know how that turned out.

This year’s slogan for the Cubs is “It’s a way of life.” (per Cubs.com

Growing up in a family full of Cubs fans, though they are mostly from the south side of Chicago, I understand this slogan.

As is typical of this time of year, with the Cubs all but mathematically out of contention, the look ahead to next year begins.

It begins with optimism and hope that maybe next year is the year.

Here are a few reasons the Cubs could be contenders in 2013.

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