Since MLB implemented a 60-game schedule following months of haggling between players and owners, pundits have questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 season.
Cubs manager David Ross wants to make one thing clear: He doesn't care how short/long this season is, and he wants to take home some hardware.
"If they’re passing out a trophy, I want it," Ross told reporters in a Monday Zoom session. "If they’re handing out rings and we’re all starting from the same point, I don’t care if it’s a five-game season."
MLB is indeed passing out a World Series trophy this season and it'll be unlike one we've ever seen. Teams will sprint to October, unlike the marathon, 162-game schedule we're accustomed to. The Cubs are stacked up in a 10-team division with the AL Central and their NL Central rivals. The NL has even implemented the DH this season.
Ross faces odd circumstances for his rookie season managing, but he's ready to get things underway.
"This is competition, it's what we enjoy doing. It's why we suit up. If you talk to these players, they couldn't wait to get started. These guys were raring to go and couldn't wait to get back.
"Everybody else can put something on it, but if we win the whole thing I'll still get a ring and a trophy. I don't know what the parade would look like, but we'll adjust that when we get there."