The Cubs Column: April Edition

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Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)

Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

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Last week, Opening Day finally arrived, the Cubs finalized their roster, and another season of baseball at Wrigley Field was finally underway. With all those happy thoughts in mind, I give you The Cubs Column: April Edition.

Wrigley Field – 100 Years

For those of you that didn’t know, the Cubs are celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Wrigley Field. In doing so, they are commemorating each decade of baseball at Wrigley by wearing an entire host of throwback uniforms. Personally, I’m a fan of every one of them…especially the powder blue road unis from the ‘70’s. They will pair well with Carlos Villanueva’s uber manly facial hair. Even Ron Swanson is proud of that fabulous cookie duster. We here at Our Sports Report may very well need to develop some sort of mustache tracker for sure.

At any rate, the 100th anniversary of the old ballpark ensures that at least something baseball related will be celebrated in Chicago this year.

Surprises

I’ve seen some memorable season starts in my time as a Cubs fan, but I can’t think of any that stick out in my mind as much as the hitting binge that Emilio Bonifacio kicked off starting on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. In the first two games of the season, Bonifacio smacked a whopping 9 hits! That’s massive in case you didn’t know. Even better, as of today, he’s still hitting .500. Now I know that we have a lot of baseball to play, but it’s just nice to see somebody on this team having some success at the plate.

Expectations

I know it’s early and I know that there is a lot of baseball to be played, but this is a year where Cubs fans have to be a little bit realistic about their expectations for this team. Should we demand wins? Absolutely! But how many wins can we legitimately expect from this team?

Personally, I think that it’s reasonable to project this team to finish anywhere from 10 games under .500 to right at .500 on the season. The Cubs are by no means a contending team at this point, but they aren’t last year’s team either. Solid performances from new guys like Emilio Bonifacio, Ryan Kalish, Jason Hammel, and Carlos Villanueva make Cubs fans think, at least in the back of their minds, that maybe old Theo isn’t doing such a horrible job after all…maybe.

Only time will tell, but I think this season is just a little too young for the Cubs faithful to start saying, “There’s always next year.”