Wellllll, think about it.
The state of the Cubs (and I'm talking about the team that plays at Wrigley Field) is about a million times better than this time last year.
I was and still am surprised they brought up Javier Baez, but now I also think it was the best thing to do.
No, he won't have it all figured out by next April, but it was good for him to see big league pitching and I refuse to get into the I'm-Worried-About-All-His-Strike-Outs club.
Take a breather and get back to it, kid.
Jorge Soler was kind of magnificent, and I have nothing but high expectations there.
Starlin Castro is an All-Star shortstop in Major League Baseball.
Anthony Rizzo is the Captain of the Future Cubs and his 32 homers ranked 2nd while his .913 OPS was 3rd best in the NL (behind Andrew McCutchen and Giancarlo Stanton).
Those are CRAZY numbers... like - Matt Holliday was 20 HR and .811.
Kris Bryant is the biggest wild card in forever. Will he stick at 3rd or move to left and will he hit like we all think he can?
I worry about Welington Castillo's ability to stay in the lineup for a whole season.
My favorite new Cub is Arismendy Alcantara.
That guy just looks to be a natural born baseball player.
Always under control with his body - nothing he does looks hard.
Chris Coghlan was turning into sort of... dependable as the season went along, and I imagine he's the best of the Lake's, Kalish's, Ruggiano's and Sweeney's.
I'm sick for Mike Olt because he struggled and yet didn't get the same kind of forgiving treatment as the other kids because, in my opinion, Luis Valbuena was helping the team win this year.
I know it didn't matter, but I'm pretty sure Upper Management didn't want another 100 loss season, 1st year guy Ricky Renteria SURELY didn't, and in his mind Valbuena's semi-steady contributions helped.
The bullpen was fantastic, and Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks were amazing.
So lots of work to do with the pitching, but overall...
The Big Plan seems to be doing just fine, and though I've been treading water in this freaking Cubs Infinity Pool for a lifetime, I think I can see the other side.
Maybe there's another pool after that one, but whatever.
This year has been quite satisfying on a number of levels, the most important of which was that I actually had fun watching the Cubs for the first time in years and the second of which is... progress happened.
So even though it's only September, goodbye 2014.
2015, you can't get here soon enough.
Not gonna say much about the Bears game except their quarterback was better than our quarterback.
Lastly, I never actually have been in a real infinity pool, but attaching "Cubs" to it sure made it into something else...