Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum on 2013 expectations
We're always trying to accomplish two things at once you know were. We're focused on on the current season and trying to do everything we can -- there. Our players in position to succeed and win as many games as we possibly can and try to have a successful season which is which is first and foremost to finally make the play astronauts. But who does of them are all track as well -- that make in this organization healthy. Pushing this organization forward so we can get to a point where. We cannot sustain success in the -- easier and year out and most important thing on that track is to. Establish a nucleus of young players that that we can build around it'll be here a long time and a lot network happens on the in the minor league back feels a lot of that work also happens here in big league camp very young players are. Some we're getting their first exposure to -- image links that summer. Establishing themselves as good everyday players in the big leagues and that's it's a very important thing that's gonna go on here in the next six weeks. For once there I think we're being. Open and transparent with their fans -- over trying to accomplish you know that we're not gonna take any short cuts -- -- try to build this thing the right way. And it's it's a bit of a covenant where we asked for their their patience understanding asked them to get behind the young players they. Come up to the big leagues and some of us to make adjustments but ultimately -- hopeful via the at the very center of what we're doing here. And in return that we we promise to. Work our tails off the entire organization from from top to bottom. So that we can build something truly special. And and reward the fans with the in October baseball. You're in year out so. Our fans have been great about it. And you know we appreciate that I think there's you know when they can see. You know us and Anthony Rizzo did his seasoning. In the first half of the season at triple -- come up and make such a great impression I think that helps on the concede yes America you put in the position. It's thruster rely upon him and him come up so -- as he did last year and I think that helps and they see. Under -- leadership and coaching staff how come how. How hard the players prepared now are they playing on -- day in day out basis I think that helps but. Now we appreciate their patience we don't want to be patient forever you know we wanna make progress and we feel like we did make progress behind the scenes a lot of areas last year our farm system. I think Tikka pretty significant step forward for just in just a one year time span. Who need to continue to make more progress both behind the scenes. With the the infrastructure of the organization and also without our prospects perform and most importantly how we perform at the big league level. You know all three of us are incredibly competitive. And I on a given night. There's nothing worse than driving home for a loss and you know I think that's not something. You know the three of us experienced a lot of it is an awesome that we we it's just great experience for a long career at times a losses are are very difficult. Humble our goal you know as the -- in our goals -- the much bigger and sometimes you know that. That is going to be a -- short term pain to get the had to know long term you know have a long term perspective so the last it was a it was news to go for all three of us is no way around it. Glendale on staff you know couldn't handle it any better. Because you know night in night out they're down there you know they're they're talking immediately after the game that they're preparing when -- -- -- -- losses and and they did a great job with that. The obvious is the is that you don't want -- patience to last forever you we we need to you know we want to turn this thing around and for that record you know. You reverse that record completely open. Derrick can it can be hard can Wear on you but I think we all all three of us who believe in in the article. -- which is to really build something that competes every single year. We have a 101 losses you know basic comes out on number you know we -- lost -- -- still going to be the same thing. Just same as you can win ninety and go all. In the playoffs so you know the only way to the -- always dictate this season is that if you get to the playoffs. You know everything's put on numbers how many wins. Played 500. It -- and those are a lot of things -- to stay away from just as you know as well as you know nobody wanted to lose the Hunger Games but. When you start -- you know. Prices on numbers. Well 500 be a good year this year or fight hunger we're gonna go home just like we did last year so you know those kind of things. As an organization your -- you're your your -- organization where you went in ninety plus games every season so you got a chance of making the playoffs and I and that's our goal of the organization.
Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Dale Sveum look ahead to the upcoming season as Cubs pitchers and catchers report to Arizona on Sunday - 2/10