I wasn't around in 1908.
In my lifetime, and it's getting up there, I can name the few years when the Cubs were actually good.
'69 I was barely there, '84 (I HATE YOU STEVE GARVEY), '89, '03, '07, '08.
The rest of the time, they were mostly terrible.
And after each of these seasons, the thing everyone said (actually so much it became a joke) was: there's always next year.
Cut to now.
We've gotten a ride in a rocketship.
Playoffs for 4 years straight.
That does something to a Cub Fan's brain.
The expectation that going to the playoffs is just a normal, annual thing.
In my whole life, that has never been the case.
Before Theo Epstein, the good teams were one-offs. (Or the two-off in the Piniella years).
And as this season came to an end, I couldn't help but notice the MLB playoff ads did not include our favorite team.
When the season ended, I never thought there's always next year.
That seems like a loser thought any more, a line out of "Bleacher Bums", that old play.
Instead, I looked at the MLB playoff ads and it hit me - I have playoff envy.
For the first time in my life.
The Cubs SHOULD BE in the playoffs.
It's both weird and a sign of progress, I guess.
Nobody's blaming a black cat or a goat.
It's just baseball.
I'm on vacation and will be for a little bit.