3/29 Reach for the stars
Rick Renteria closed his first spring as Cubs manager Saturday with a 9-8 comeback win over the Diamondbacks. He told reporters in Phoenix that he was not concerned about the low external expectations for his team this year.
“I’ve always expected to do things with success in mind,” he said. “I’m not changing my approach or my attitude. That’s my expectations of my club. I think they have expectations of themselves. Quite frankly, if you don’t set goals for yourself there’s nothing to shoot for.
“It’s kind of hard to drive yourself. You need to have expectations and I think we should reach for the stars.”
When asked what “reaching for the stars” meant, Renteria said: “I want to win the World Series, absolutely. Why not?’
The Cubs haven’t done that since 1908. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2008 and haven’t had a winning season since 2009. They are coming off a 66-96 season and Renteria is the club’s fourth manager since Mike Quade replaced Lou Piniella with 37 games to go in the 2010 season.
The former Padres bench coach said he felt comfortable in his first spring as a big-league manager.
“I thought it went great,” Renteria said. “I had a lot of good people around me. They really made it easy for me. The transition was actually very nice. Everybody worked very hard. Thankfully, there weren’t a whole lot of complications.”