(CBS) The postseason stage won’t be too big for the Cubs, pitching coach Chris Bosio emphasized Thursday in an interview on the Mully and Hanley Show.
In addition to already reaching the NLCS last season before being swept by the New York Mets, the Cubs “relish” being the center of attention and understand that’s what comes with playing in a big market and having a championship drought that dates back to 1908.
“It helps them in the big game, because they’ve been there,” Bosio said of the Cubs’ exit at the hands of the Mets last season. “Once you get there and you lose, that leaves a terrible taste in your mouth. You enjoy the moment so much. And this, trust me, they love the spotlight. They relish it. It’s a part of who we are, because we’re the Chicago Cubs. So the performance we’re going to have this year, we all think it’s going to be special.”
The younger Cubs will rely on the likes of Jon Lester, John Lackey, David Ross and Ben Zobrist for advice, Bosio said. All four are championship winners in other stops.
“Having those guys around, the veteran guys who have been there, it’s invaluable,” Bosio said. “You can’t reach it on the fly. There’s not a book that’s really going to explain it to the best of the ability that these guys can. You’re going to get first-hand emotion.”
Listen to Bosio’s full interview below.