Oct 22, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Cubs celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in game six of the 2016 NLCS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Cubs win 5-0 to advance to the World Series. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs Look to Defend Title

At the end of 2016, the Chicago Cubs made history. For the first time in 108 years, the World Series trophy landed in Wrigleyville. Coming off such a historic run, the Cubs are nowhere near finished. As the 2017 season quickly approaches, the Cubs are prepared to do it all again.

Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

History is Made

The Cubs’ World Series win last season was nothing short of exciting. After an insane and rainy 10-inning Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians, Chicago put their fans out of their misery and completed the impossible. While this World Series title is something that will be remembered seemingly forever by all Cubs fans, first baseman Anthony Rizzo knows it is time to start leaving those memories behind. Rizzo says that while the team will always honor that accomplishment, it is time to look forward to the 2017 season. According to manager Joe Maddon, the team is ready to shift their focus forward with a healthy amount of confidence.

Starts from Day One

For all 30 clubs, spring training is where the season begins. It provides a time for players to fine-tune their technique and bond with their teammates. It allows clubs to prepare for the regular season, as well as learn how to handle obstacles, such as injuries. The Cubs see things no differently. The offseason allowed the team time to celebrate, relax and recharge for the 2017 season. However, the team is ready to flip a switch and move forward. Rizzo explains that every year, a new run begins on day one. Each team is striving towards the same goal from the start. The Cubs will be preparing to defend their title.

Satisfaction Hard to Come By

As a true competitor, it can be hard to find satisfaction. With a constant goal of winning, a feat as large as a World Series title is still not always satisfying. Chicago is ready for another title and knows their capabilities. The Cubs are ready to return to the top. However, manager Joe Maddon is aware that while confidence is good, every run is different. Each season brings new faces and new challenges. The team is not simply expecting things to fall into place. The Cubs are ready to defend their title, and they are ready to fight their way back to October.

About Victoria Rossman

Born and raised at the ballpark! Typically quiet- until it comes to sports. I'm a South Florida native with a passion for baseball nearly as strong as my faith. Grew up in garnet + gold, turned out sporting orange + blue. Likely to be found with a camera. And yes, I take food pictures.

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