On Baseball: Cubs Setting Out on the Tough Road to Repeat as Champs

The topic, in that moment, was actually Miguel Montero, the veteran catcher who lost his job last year to a rookie, Willson Contreras. But it’s an apt metaphor for the one-word message Maddon wants to sear into the minds of his returning champions: uncomfortable.

“What I like about that motto is you have to find a way to be comfortable within an uncomfortable position,” starter Jake Arrieta said. “We had a lot of uncomfortable situations last year, and we were able to persevere and get through and come out ahead.”

Last season, to be sure, was a wonderful process for the Cubs, who hoisted more than a couple of beers after their thrilling victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series. For the first time in 108 years, everybody is happy in Wrigleyville…

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