When the Chicago Cubs went down 4-0 quickly in the top of the first inning against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, it seemed like another Cubs blowout. That’s what it would’ve been last season or the year before that, but not this year. Instead of settling for not being good enough and being content with failure, the Cubs have shown fight this season already, and their game against the Pirates was a perfect example.
Helped by two Starlin Castro home runs, the Cubs ended up tying the game 6-6 by the eighth inning. However, the Pirates would tack on one more run late and win the game 7-6. Again, despite the result, the Cubs’ fight is extremely encouraging. They’re a young team that can’t afford to become content with losing. If they do that, then there will be no pressure to win when they should be competing for division championships in the future.
Manager Rick Renteria seems to have his players in a great mindset right now, playing with a “why not us?” mentality. That’s not to say that’s going to get them very far in the win-loss column in 2014, but it will mean a lot in those columns in the future.
After all, a confident and talented team is a deadly combination. Of course, the Cubs only have the first part of that combination right now. Don’t fret though, the second component of that deadly combination is on the way soon.