No, the Cubs aren't finished with this season just yet.
Starting tomorrow night with the Red Sox and Yanks facing off in a Wild Card one-gamer, we'll get to see Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo play.
Just going in order, on Wednesday night... man - who do you pull for in a Cardinals vs Dodgers Wild Card game?
"How do I dislike thee? Let me count the ways."
(I thought that was Shakespeare, but it's actually Elizabeth Barrett Browning.)
Thursday night we'll get to see Craig Kimbrel as the Sox face the Astros.
That one's easy for me and high time for another I Hate The Astros Page.
On Friday Kris Bryant and the Giants will face either the Cards or Dodgers.
The Cubs' season went out with 91 losses and a case of Covid.
They set a record for players played, too.
We watched 69 different Cubs this year, and about a third of them... if I saw them on the street I'd have no idea who they were.
There are so many holes to fill, especially starting pitching, the Hot Stove should actually be of great interest and expectation for us.
And that's also like... the scariest as far as gambling goes.
Just look at what happened to San Diego, who imported Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove.
Everyone thought they'd be a dominant pitching machine.
Instead they were injury-plagued and ended up 79-83 - a whopping 28 games behind the 1st place Giants.
Pitching and injuries are just the worst.
It looks like Clayton Kershaw is done for the year.
He's one of the Big Three Free Agents at the end of this year, along with Zack Greinke and Max Scherzer.
I don't think any of those guys are being targeted by the Cubs, but whatever, Jed Hoyer HAS to add pitching.
As we sat in our seats at Wrigley in that last home game (and loss to the Cardinals), I realized that it was the Cardinals who'd pulled off The Cubs Way.
You know, grow a core and build around them, win forever.
The Cubs traded away all their promises on that Black Friday, and we'll get to watch them play in the post season.
The Cardinals kept the faith, didn't trade and... we get to watch them as well.
So sad, this season.
You kind of have to put on blinders and forget how the Cubs got there before you can agree with Hoyer's decision to jettison all of them, but that's the story of 2021.
And the only way forward now will be to put it behind us.
Of the 69 players we saw this year, how many you think are keepers?
Not placeholders, but legit?
I think they'd be crazy to not keep Frank Schwindel.
A great guy, and my Cub Fan reflexes - if the Cubs didn't keep him and he keeps hitting like he did for someone else?
Can you imagine?
Patrick Wisdom had a great season and fits the bill of a strike out slugger guy, but... I don't know.
I love Matt Duffy and his high contact.
Which player is Ian Happ - the guy at the beginning of this year, or the end?
Gotta hope it's the end.
I don't really know why, but I can't ever bring myself to feel like David Bote is an actual answer for anything other than a backup.
Like, getting injured stepping on a ball during a base running drill seemed so Bote.
Jason Heyward is Jason Heyward.
Willson Contreras and Nico Hoerner feel like the most solid of this group to me right now.
Yeah, I'll have all my phone alerts on for trade stuff this winter.
In the meantime, I'll watch the Ex-Cubs in the playoffs, and to them I say..