One tiny little 2008 playoff win.
What might have happened?
We'll never know, of course, but that was the year.
The hundred-years-from-their-last-World-Series-win year - it was set up like a script written in Baseball God Heaven.
But game one was James Loney with the Grand Slam, and it was a staggering big blow to the jaw.
Game two the Cubs were still wobbling. It was the Game Of Holy Gloves for the Cubs with E's from D Lee, DeRo, Theriot, and Aramis.
Game three they couldn't get up. Sweep.
Sure this is just silly talk and everything's gone to hell now, but that 2008 team was so good and loaded with such good guys. I wonder sometimes what might have happened if they'd just won game 3.
Terrible Ted woulda pitched the next day. Maybe they gain a little confidence, play like they had earlier in the season...
Ahh, didn't happen.
Today Lou Piniella leaves his manager post having never won a playoff game with the Chicago Cubs.
And that's truly a shame.
In a year when we're having to say way more than normal goodbyes, here's another.
Good luck, Lou.