I did this painting just before what turned out to be the last game of the season.
I did not put it up here because I was afraid of doing my usual jinx.
But apparently, I jinxed it all just by doing the painting.
And now... surely Yu Darvish won't get the Cy Young.
Or maybe because I just said he won't, he will!
Either way, Darvish was simply great.
Well, what do you think?
Here's a Sports Illustrated Verducci article that says basically the Cub Core is made up of bats that were designed for the game 5 years ago.
That the game has changed in that time.
Pretty depressing, but given what transpired at the plate for the Cubs during their post season visits, it's got merit.
From Verducci: "In 14 October games since winning the World Series, including the 2018 tiebreaker game, the Cubs batted .158 and were outscored 60-28. They scored two runs per game in crunch time. Their offense simply does not work in the pitching-rich postseason environment of today’s game."
But when I think about what Theo Epstein tried to do here - create a team of mostly home-grown kids, keep them together and let us watch them grow - I still think that was just so awesome.
We've gotten to know them really well, rooted for them through thick and thin, and now... well with Core free agency coming up at the end of next season and the weird-ass shape of the world both inside and outside baseball, I have no idea what will happen next.
But I'll tell you what.
I am so thankful that this Cubs season even got a chance to happen.
Everything's upside down, and the couple hours per day I got to spend watching or listening to my favorite team play my favorite game...
I make judgements on what I see around the world as either "helpful" or "not helpful", and there's just so much out there that isn't... watching the Cubs was one super-helpful thing all the way around.
Great examples of just being a human being both on and off the field.
So, everybody reading this please have a fabulous rest of the season and off season.
I'm sure I won't be posting as often as I have, but I'll still be here.