Starlin Castro waited so long to see Wrigley Field rocking like this, growing up inside the fishbowl and hoping to be on a Cubs team that finally played meaningful games.
Internally, the Cubs ran all the numbers and projected between 84 and 86 wins this year. A critical mass of young talent created a bigger variance than normal in those preseason simulations.
The Cubs aren’t lucky to be here, not after winning 97 games and surviving baseball’s toughest division.
ST. LOUIS – You should already know this by now, but these aren’t the same old Cubs.