On a day that the Cubs lost 7-0 to the Cardinals – the day after the Cubs lost 12-0 to the Cardinals – they had planned to dress up like superheroes for their trip to Pittsburgh. Apparently it was Matt Garza’s idea, and they weren’t about to cancel it just because of the crummy showings.

And I’m glad they didn’t, because the pictures are awesome.

In general, you’ll want to check out Doug Padilla, Patrick Mooney, Gordon Wittenmyer and Carrie Muskat‘s Twitter feeds. All of the pictures below come from them, and we thank them. Paul Sullivan also has some pictures on his Facebook page.

A sampling of the pictures …

Naturally, Captain America is the Canadian guy.

It’s a Super Mario Brothers trio.

Then again, Darwin Barney doesn’t look thrilled to have been stuck with Toad.

Dale Sveum put his dome to good work at Hellboy.

Carlos Marmol is bringing Z back.

David DeJesus has … the … POWER!!!

The blurs you see around Tony Campana as the Flash should be obvious.

Wait. Joe Mather wasn’t Superman?

But, everyone agrees that the best superhero costume came from the duo of Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker as the Cubs’ duo at the top:

Freaking brilliant.