Cubs Outlook for 2015 Season

Predictions made by professionals and 80s movies have led to the idea that after 107 years, 2015 will be the year the Chicago Cubs return to the World Series.

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Fans, players and the new manager of Major League Baseball team the Chicago Cubs have big hopes for the team this season, partly because of the World Series prediction made in the 1989 movie “Back to the Future Part II.” After six years of not having a .500 record, seven years from being in the playoffs, 12 years since winning a playoff game, 70 years since winning a pennant and 107 years since winning a World Series, they have done their time and are ready to get back in the grind, even if they are a couple decades late.

It’s Joe Maddon’s first year as being manager for the Cubs and has been viewed as the light at the end of the tunnel that could lead the Cubs out of their century-long slump. After being the manager for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for eight years Maddon managed to turn the team around from having a record of 96 losses in 2007 to having 97 wins in 2008 as well as receiving the pennant. Maddon was the recipient of the 2007 American League Manager of the year and the Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award in 2008.

Maddon does well with young teams and supports the players to have fun and avoids pressuring them. The Cubs lost their first game of the season to the St. Louis Cardinals 0-3 on April 5 and won their second game to the Cardinals 2-0 and are getting ready to play the third game with the Cardinals that was postponed on April 7 due to severe weather conditions in Chicago.

Despite the initial loss to the Cardinals, fans and players are not giving up hope that this is the year they will return to the World Series. The Cubs play next on April 10 against the Colorado Rockies at 3:10 p.m. and it is sure to be a good game that will unveil more about the season ahead of them.