After losing 101 games last season, the Chicago Cubs are preparing for the 2013 season with a surprisingly optimistic outlook.
After passing up the chance to work with the future World Series winners, the San Francisco Giants, Alfonso Soriano, outfielder, says that he believes the Cubs can have a much better season than they did last season. But despite his insistence on staying with the Cubs this past season, this very well may be his last season with the team, according to a Feb. 18 Chicago Tribune article.
“At my age, I don’t want to be part of a losing team,” Soriano said, according to the same article. “I hope we start good and everybody stays healthy and sends a message because I believe in this team with the people that we’ve got.”
The Cubs recently traded outfielder Tony Campana to Arizona for two young players from Venezuela. General manager Jed Hoyer says he believes these two young players will be able to fill in for the loss of Campana, according to another Feb. 18 Chicago Tribune article.
Despite the optimism of the managers and many of the team members, fans already have a pessimistic outlook, according to an article on RantSports.com. After a horrible 2011-12 season, the fans think the team should focus on what makes a successful campaign for the 2013 season.
The Cubs first spring training game will be Feb. 23 against the Los Angeles Angels.