The Cubs roster used to be full of names we knew and loved, full of players who could do no wrong in our eyes as fans. Some of these players moved on for various reasons (Wood, Prior), some were traded (Lee, DeRosa), some grew out of this special place (Theriot, possibly Fontenot, Soriano). The Cubs roster is full of new names with potential, but it also has several players who are there because we need somebody or is a result of overspending and mismanagement.
If you had to buy a Cubs jersey today, if you could get anyone's autograph on this team, who would you get? Money aside and assuming you were going to keep the jersey or whatever you got autographed, who would you get? It's hard for me to answer this question. Going to the Cubs convention last year I knew I wanted a few players specifically, but it seems like they've all moved on. There isn't a Ryne Sandberg or a Andre Dawson on our roster right now. There isn't a Derrick Rose or a Brian Urlacher, at least in my eyes.
If I HAD to pick a player, I'd be split between Soto and Marmol. Both have the potential to fill this role. Both have a history of not coming through in the clutch, not always being "perfect". Now maybe this is a description that fits Sandberg and Dawson as well. I didn't grow up with them, so it's hard to say. But these seemed like players who could do no wrong. I felt the same way about Lee, Wood, even Sosa. As I look at this Cubs team, I see potential in a few players for this. But nobody who should be the face of the franchise. What say you BCB? Do you feel attached to a player like many seem to be attached to the players of old?