Ira might have it…but David certainly doesn’t.
The Cubs need to increase the accountability of their players and they have to convey a message of enough is enough to their fan base to reverse a trend of empty seats and apathy that has been evident for much of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Players who don’t want to do whatever it takes to win can no longer be allowed to enjoy a comfortable environment at Wrigley Field. A player who doesn’t want to play hard can’t be allowed to have a secure spot in the lineup.
The Cubs have some pieces that can be part of an improved team but until there is a major shift in philosophy regarding the types of players the Cubs acquire and an increased focus on improved fundamental play the Cubs will continue to find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to championships.
However, increased accountability plus the addition of a No. 1 starter and paying more attention to defense when putting the roster together could lead to contending much more quickly than many believe is currently possible. When you reside in the NL Central, you are playing in a division that is among the weakest in baseball and that is one of the best things the Cubs have going for them as they try to return to contention after not making the playoffs since 2008.
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