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Miguel Montero: Cubs have to believe #WeAreGood

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Miguel Montero: Cubs have to believe #WeAreGood

Miguel Montero doesn't want to hear that the Cubs don't have momentum.

When a reporter tried to ask Montero a question about how the winner of Game 5 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets may be riding the high of that victory into the NLCS, the Cubs catcher put a halt to the question early.

"So are we. We're really hot," Montero said.

Thats pretty fitting for a guy who has used a simple hashtag to unite a fanbase and help give a young, inexperienced team the confidence it needs.

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Montero's #WeAreGood hashtag has gone viral and become the rallying cry for a team that really started to find its groove in early August and has been the hottest team in baseball since.

The 32-year-old veteran just wanted to send a positive message to his team. He had no idea it would catch on like it did.

"The fans here, they're very supportive and I remember we lost a couple of games in a row, so you start reading your Twitters from the fans and they're like, 'oh, here it comes again,'" Montero said.

"I just wanted to send a message to our team pretty much. I want to let them know what I feel about our team and what I believe about every single guy in our clubhouse. If we don't believe that we are good or not, we're not going to have a chance. So we have to believe it to actually accomplish the goal.

"I came up with [#WeAreGood]. I never thought it was going to actually have the hit that it has, and you know, guys started believing. Even the fans believe it, and right now, I guess it's a pretty good business."

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Montero is in his first year with the Cubs and said he really didn't expect to have this kind of relationship with the fanbase already.

But he appreciates the spirit and intelligence of Cubs fans and clearly enjoys interacting with the fanbase on Twitter.

"Cubs fans are amazing," he said. "They're diehard fans. It's fun to play in front of this crowd. It's fun to spend time here and watch the passion for the game, the passion for the team. I'm proud to be a Cub and proud to actually contribute for the fans.

"I just do my job. I don't try to do anything outside the box to impress anybody. I just try to do what I do, play the game the right way, respect the game and give my 100 percent every time I go out.

"The real fans will know and they will appreciate. That's what you see here. They really know about the game and they know who plays the game hard and with passion and they appreciate it."

Before he came to Chicago, Montero spent more than eight years with the Arizona Diamondbacks, earning two trips to the All-Star Game. He's been through the postseason before, losing to the Colorado Rockies in the NLCS in 2007 and the Milwuakee Brewers in the NLDS in 2011.

On a team filled with a bunch of kids, Montero is one of the veteran voices in the clubhouse who has been through this all before. He knows how to endure the mental and emotional fatigue.

Montero buys into Joe Maddon's statement that playoffs bring its own energy.

"I don't believe in guys getting tired this time of year, even though they've got 170 games played already," Montero said. "It's just a different adrenaline in your body."

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Montero doesn't think the Cubs even gain that much by having a couple days off while the Mets had to travel to and from LA to play a grinding winner-take-all Game 5 just to get ready to host the Cubs Saturday night in New York.

"I dunno, man. I think [the time off] is overrated," Montero said. "We just gotta go out and play, regardless of if we're tired or not. There's always going to be an excuse for somebody, right? I don't like to make excuses."

As for the history of this Cubs' run, Montero doesn't want to hear anything about a goat or a curse or a black cat or a fan reaching for a foul ball.

"I don't even want to know any of that," Montero said. "I don't believe in any of that. I don't care if it's a fan thing or not. It's just belief in what we're building here and what we're going to and that's all I worry about.

"I don't want to believe in superstition; I'm not superstitious. If we play good, we win. If we play bad, we lose."

Sounds simple enough, right?

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

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