After a maddening year as a Cubs fan, there’s one thing left to do


Will Theo Epstein and the Cubs bounce back fast enough for Chicago fans? (www.bloodysox.com)

The “year in review” pieces will come, in time. The MLB playoffs will soon start up, and the story lines will all unfold, but once again the Cubs will be on the outside looking in. So be it. It will be hard for this year’s postseason to top last year’s, but I’m willing to give it that chance.

As for this miserable Cubs season, I’m ready to put it in the rear-view mirror. And no, Wednesday’s walk-off win over Houston doesn’t help. This was an awful team, and the controlled demolition that took place at the trading deadline was as bad as anything I’ve seen in many, many years as a Cubs fan.

The clock is now ticking considerably louder than it once did for Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and the rest of the front office. Nobody expected success this season, but the failures that came along were particularly hard to swallow. And now the swallowing is over, at least for a few months. There’s nowhere to go but up from here.

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  1. This had to be done in order to move forward. Wipe the slate entirely clean and let Theo and Jed start with their own vision. With Soler, Almora, Baez, Vogelbach and a host of others, the farm system is the best it’s ever been. Some of these guys are not far away. All they need to do is acquire some more pitching. A couple of sacrificed years to make the organization into a serious, yearly contender is okay by me. The two have made some brilliant moves like signing Soler and Castro to long term deals that won’t break the bank, as well as acquiring top talent for Dempster and Maholm.

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