(CBS) Most Cubs fans’ confidence entering Monday evening’s Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals stems from ace Jake Arrieta taking the hill in a series evened 1-1.
That’s certainly the case for general manager Jed Hoyer as well, but it’s another trait that sticks out most to him: the competitive spirit of the Cubs that’s guided them to this point in the season.
“So much of this game is about competing every day,” Hoyer said in an interview on the Spiegel and Goff Show on Monday. “The team that shows up most often wins a lot of games during the regular season. Right now (in the playoffs), everyone shows up. It doesn’t matter as much. But during the regular season when it’s a getaway day on a Thursday or it’s 19 days in a row (of games) and you’re in the 19th day, at some point it becomes about competing and toughness. And I think that’s where (player) makeup really shows up.
“Who’s going to show up every day? Who’s going to take this seriously every day?
“They keep competing — that’s the beauty of this team and this group. Hopefully we have this group together for a long time.”
Listen to Hoyer’s full interview with Spiegel and Goff below.