Every season Chicago Cubs fans start spring training the same way; with much anticipation and hope for a breakthrough into the promised land of postseason glory. But, in order for the Cubs to succeed this spring, summer and hopefully fall, many facets of the team must shine. Off-season acquisitions, rookies and long-time veterans must all produce for this season to be considered a successful one.
There is no doubting that this may very well be a rebuilding year for the Cubs, but they still do have many of the tools necessary to win in the National League Central. Also, from the front office to new manager Mike Quade, and the veteran leadership of Marlon Byrd, the Chicago Cubs must be a coherent and solid group from April through September, and if we are lucky, on to October as well.