This was not the year. But wait till next year*
Cubs Finish 2010 Regular Season with 75-87 Record
Another baseball season has come and gone and once again there is much disappointment on the north side. The Chicago Cubs finished the 2010 season 75-87, finishing in fifth place above only the lowly, lowly Pittsburgh Pirates. Sigh.
The Cubs were never in it this season. Despite being not that much better of a team in 2009, the Cubs were able to keep themselves in first or second place the entire year, giving us delusional Cubs fans a sliver of hope. This was not the case in 2010 and maybe that’s for the better. It gave us all a chance to step back a little, knowing that if you missed today’s game, you weren’t really missing a thing.
It’s not really the way we wanted Year One to work out, the first year of ownership under the Ricketts family. It wasn’t easy on the fans, the ownership, or the manager. The Cubs were so bad they sent Lou Pinella into retirement. They were so bad that you got to see a something that hasn’t occurred in Wrigley in almost five season: empty seats. Most of the seats were sold but a lot of fans thought the same way I did: wouldn’t it be a nice day for a bike ride, working in the garden, painting the garage – anything except watching a disappointing loss.
Not that the Cubs really stood that much of a chance. They really needed bounceback seasons out of a lot of key players and it didn’t happen. The team in 2010 really wasn’t that different than the disappointing one that took the field in in 2009. Same opening day lineup with the exception of one malcontent who was exiled to Seattle. I tried to keep a positive attitude when making my 2010 season predictions but I knew how delusional I was being. It wasn’t a big comeback year after all. (Although, my prediction that the Cubs would have the best rotation in the NL Central wasn’t that far off.)
So, not much else to say. It was a disappointing season. After a long cold winter I’ll be ready for baseball and hope will spring eternal but for now…
Wait Till Next Year*
* or possibly the year after that