Joe Maddon: “let’s move it along and really understand and celebrate what we accomplished this year”

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And why not, should the Cubs let this awful finish eclipse one of the best seasons they have played in many years, of course not. After the New York Mets smashed the Chicago Cubs hopes of winning the World Series, by winning 8-3 in Game 4, manager Joe Maddon talked to the team.

“I talked to them, first of all, listen, go ahead and lose hard for 30 minutes like we always do, then let’s move it along and really understand and celebrate what we accomplished this year,” Maddon said after Game 4.

Not only players should be celebrating this season, but their fans too. We can all understand the frustration and sadness of the long championship drought. However, they made it to the playoffs, and the team is building something to last. Pitcher Jake Arrieta said, “we have a good idea of things we can accomplish with the guys that are here,” and “there’s nothing to hang your head about. Ran into an extremely hot team that just outplayed us.”

Some of the players had an interesting point of view, like Pitcher Jon Lester “You can only take positives, I like to sit back and think of the positives”

“You can fool people through the season and win games,” Lester said. “This (playoffs) is where you get exposed and figure out how to truly win. We did it twice, came up a little short here, but it’s only going to make us better. Guys will come into spring training more hungry. They know how to win now. They know how to compete day in and day out. Guys will come in and expect to be in this position.”

And they will come back with more energy, the Cubs of 2016 will return more experienced  than the Cubs of 2015.

“I mentioned to them how important it is as we move forward and we go to spring training next year, we know exactly what we want to do and how we want to do it,” Maddon said. “On top of that, our young players have learned how to win on the major league level, which matters. And to get within four games of the World Series in your freshman year is not a bad thing.”

Let’s see what these young players will accomplish next year’s season.

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