CHICAGO -- The Cubs' 2014 season began without great expectations. It was meant to be another step in the rebuilding process.
But things changed. There was a buzz when Jake Arrieta nearly no-hit the Red Sox on June 30 at Fenway Park. It got louder when Javier Baez made his Major League debut in Colorado. The volume increased when Jorge Soler homered in his first Major League at-bat and every time Kyle Hendricks took the mound.