#Cubs Schwarb: “It’s a playoff game every game”
Maybe the key to the Cubs’ success is that the kids are so young and naive, they don’t know about the so-called pressure they should be dealing with.
“What I can appreciate is how well these guys are acclimating themselves to this kind of competition so quickly,” Jake Arrieta said of the young Cubs. “That’s the most exciting part for me about our team is how they’re able to make adjustments so quickly and be successful on a ballclub that is however many games over .500 and playing extremely well and being a huge part of what we’re doing here. I don’t think they put much thought into it, which is exactly the way they should be approaching it. Having that mindset allows them to come here and not necessarily feel pressure but come out here and play.”
Kyle Schwarber is a good example. The rookie hit a three-run homer on Tuesday in the Cubs’ 8-5 win over the Giants, and is the first Cubs player in the modern era (since 1900) to hit 12 homers in his first 42 games.
“We’re so young, we really don’t know what we’re doing,” Schwarber said. “Right now, it feels like we’re in a playoff game every game. You saw it when Jon [Lester] was pitching against [the Indians’ Corey] Kluber. I felt it was a playoff game. Like today, we’re winning 8-1, and [the Giants] make that push back and things start getting tight again. We’re trying to maintain focus throughout the game and keep that playoff mentality.”
So, just enjoy the ride.
“That’s probably the biggest part,” Schwarber said. “Just stay in the moment and enjoy it and have fun and take care of business at the same time. If you put too much pressure on yourself, bad things will happen. Just enjoy the moment. Keep that mindset.”
— Carrie Muskat