No, upon reflection, the worst season of our lives is surely one in which the Cubs broke our hearts. This year, there's been none of the heartbreak (except, maybe, when Kerry surrendered early on) and the losses feel just as meaningless as the wins.
It's been hard to blog about the Cubs. Heck, it's been hard to think about them. While the blunders have been embarrassing, there's really nothing to be mad about. Of course, that won't last long. The true "season" begins in a few weeks, when Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer make their first real attempts to improve the team through off season trades and free agency. Considering how depleted the free agent market has been in recent years, it's pretty clear that we shouldn't expect much.
Otherwise, the Cubs have a handful of talented young players (and dozens of youngsters who are talentlessly reaching for the major leagues). Odds are, Brett Jackson will be a bust. So will Josh Vitters. They are artifacts of the Hendry Era, a period of time in which the Cubs developed perhaps a single reliable hitter of Major League Caliber (sorry, Geo Soto).
Think of that outrage for a second - finally, this is something to be pissed about. Since Jim Hendry became involved in the farm system in 1995, the Cubs have managed to develop all of ONE reliable hitter, Starlin Castro. What are the odds of such ineptitude? Wouldn't the odds be higher of the Cubs accidentally seizing upon a talented hitter? Is it possible that talented hitters were poorly coached and squandered in the Cubs system?
If Epstein and Hoyer bring the Cubs anything, let it be that. A minor league system in which the players actually have a chance to develop. Meanwhile, we can only hope that Hendry brings some of his magic to New York -- the Yankees are overdue for a period of ineptitude.
Next time, more thoughts on the off season moves the Cubs need to make. Until then, let's count down to 100!