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'Compelling' Cubs? Wait and see

These four storylines defined the first half and will shape the rest of the season

Updated: July 9, 2012, 1:27 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- At Cubs Convention, this is what team president Theo Epstein said about competing in his first season as designated savior:

"If we stay healthy, and one or two or three or four of the players we have actually take a big developmental step forward, I think you might look up and be surprised in the middle of the summer," he said.

On Opening Day, this is what team chairman Tom Ricketts said about his team's chances:

"The fact is, I think this is a very compelling ...

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