A disappointing end to a stunningly wonderful, unexpected year, finishing with 97 wins and the 3rd best record in all of baseball. And then the post-season. Okay, 107 years now without a World Series, but...hey, wait 'till next year.
Here's huge Chicago Cubs fan Eddie Vedder on the day earlier this year when Hall of Famer Ernie Banks passed away, reminiscing briefly about being on stage with Ernie two years ago at Wrigley Field for a Pearl Jam concert, and then singing the wonderful song he wrote about his team, "Someday We'll Go All the Way."
10/25/2015 09:14:20 am
Bob, We knocked off the Cardinals. Sent 'em packin'. That was our World Series for 2015. This was also the Kyle Schwarber's first miracle on his way to sainthood, the mayor's office, or Veep running mate.
10/25/2015 09:22:53 am
Eric, as I noted it was a great year. And it was great to beat the Cardinals. But unlike Red Sox fans who really *do* consider it a successful year if they beat the Yankees, that's never been the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry. That was a huge accomplishment for 2015, no question, but when you've been trying to win a World Series for 106 years, it wasn't the World Series. And while I agree that Kyle Schwarber's hitting was remarkable -- his fielding, which had been solidly adequate all year as he was learning the position as a 22-year-old rookie in the spotlight of a pennant race, really was his first let-down of his year. He'll work on it -- and his catching behind the plate -- in the off-season. And has a great career ahead. And while Bryant and Russell got all their praise, let us not forget how Jorge Soler shined in the playoffs, too. He's got work to do in the field, too, but he's also a kid, and pretty good already out there.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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