Optimism Growing Among Cubs Fans

(CBS) On this last day of August, the Cubs have a comfortable five-and-a-half game lead in the wild-card race and after Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter against the Dodgers on Sunday night, you have to wonder if it’s their year.

CBS 2’s Ed Curran reports the Cubs already have our attention this season. After Sunday’s no-hitter, there’s magic in the air — or is it magic in the Arrieta?

One Cubs fan was trying to get Arrieta’s attention with some flowers Monday.

“I have a rose for each inning he pitched no-hit,” she said.

The no-no turned up the volume at Wrigley Field, but is it too early to talk postseason or utter the ultimate series?

“Well that introduction was going very well until Secretary White asked us to win the World Series this year,” Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said Monday morning. “Now I feel even more pressure than I already have before.”

Most fans out at Wrigley waiting to see players agree.

“Just take one game at a time and see what happens,” one young fan said. “Yeah they are going to go on winning streaks, but hey that’s baseball.”

It’s the cautious optimism bred into Cubs fans. The lady with the roses, a season-ticket holder, thinks there’s magic in the air.

“Joe Maddon brought some magic to Wrigley Field,” she said.

Like having a player pajama party on the flight home from Los Angeles — maybe they will start selling onesies in the gift shop?

But is it too early?

“Oh hell no, not for this team,” said one fan. “Not for this year.

That’s the spirit.

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