CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 12: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game three of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field on October 12, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – Even though the new baseball season is underway, the Chicago Cubs are still basking in their World Series victory of a year ago. Yet the team also admits the championship, the organization’s first since 1908, has intensified expectations surrounding them.

“That’s the thing about winning a championship,” said team president Theo Epstein. “People want more. You can sense it around town and fans even ask us about it. There’s definitely an expectation now that we win one every century and, while that would be great, that’s not something we can promise. We’ll try our best, though.”

One lifelong Cubs fan admitted she is greedy for more after seeing her team hoist the trophy.

“I wasn’t sure I’d see them win in my lifetime,” said 68-year old Helen Thompson. “But now that I have, I’d love it if my great, great, great grandchildren get to experience this one day, too.”

But Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he hopes fans remember how hard it is to win a championship.

“Everything has to come together right or it doesn’t happen,” he said. “There are 29 other teams try to win it all, too, and there may even be more expansion teams added in the next 100 years to make it that much harder. I just want Cubs fans to cherish that victory from last year because there’s a solid chance it’s the last one we’ll ever win.”


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