5 Reasons for Chicago Cubs Fans to Be Optimistic in 2014

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5 Reasons for Chicago Cubs Fans to Be Optimistic in 2014
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Traditionally, Cubs fans don't have a lot to look forward to with each new season. At least that has been the case on the north side for several years now and fans surely want to find some solace in different aspects of this year's team. Unlike in the past few years, they can actually find a few things to give them comfort about the year to come and the next couple years of Cubs baseball.

There are several aspects of the 2014 Cubs team that should give fans more to watch this season as well as more to watch for in 2015 and beyond. In other words, the major league product should see an upgrade on the field while displaying some of what the future has in store. Really, 2015 is the first year that the Cubs realistically want to be competing for the playoffs and the progress they make in 2014 will go a long way toward determining whether that becomes reality or not.

Through offseason additions, spring performances and other things that have happened behind the scenes, expectations for the 2014 season are starting to take shape. While expectations aren't sky high for this year's team, these five things should give Cubs fans some hope in 2014 and beyond.

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