Cubs fans flock to training camp
MESA, Ariz. -- If fans are upset about the Cubs collapsing down the stretch last season and missing the playoffs, and/or if they're livid over the possibility of star third baseman Kris Bryant being traded, it didn't show Monday.
It was the first day of full-squad workouts on the fields surrounding Sloan Park, and Cubs fans came out in droves to watch live batting practice and defensive drills.
"It was great," manager David Ross said. "The position players show up and so do the fans. It just creates a little bit of the energy around the park. It's fun."
Ross has high expectations as he takes over for Joe Maddon in the dugout. So does Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts.
"I think we have the best team in our division," Ricketts said. "I think we have a really dynamic, exciting new manager. I think the players are going to play very, very hard for David Ross.
"Barring some kind of crazy injuries, I think we should win our division and get back in the playoffs. Once you're in the playoffs, there's no reason to think you won't go all the way."