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It’s ok to admit it – the walk-off was fun.

It was utterly meaningless in the standings, and it won’t change what was a miserable season. But for a few minutes, you remembered why you watch the games. I did, too.

Travis Wood pitched well, and the Cubs’ bats actually put together some offense, including Bryan LaHair’s first homer since August. The Cubs let their lead slip away temporarily, but then won it on a LaHair walk-off single. And, hey, I get to say LaDiculous again! I thought maybe that was over. Possibly forever. Good for you, Bryan.

So ends the 2012 season, and the Cubs could say it to only one team …

  • Kyle

    I love how Vitters inexplicably throws in 3 walks in his last 2 games there.

    • TWC

      The Josh Vitters Era has begun!

    • fromthemitten

      that was my strategy when I was a kid. I was such an awful hitter that I hoped for either a walk or HBP

  • Kyle

    Also, congratulations to the Cubs for being the only team with an entire bullpen to finish the year below replacement level.

    • JR

      Ha.. As if our bullpen was the reason we lost 100 games. I am sure our bullpen WAR sucks complete a$$ but come on now..

    • Will

      I’d like to replacement level all the hours I watched this sorry excuse for a baseball team this summer. That is impressive tho. Every single guy? Jeez. We desperately need a working farm system…

  • TWC

    That was fun. Or fun-ish.

    *sigh*

    Now we’ve gotta wait until February? Lame.

  • Featherstone

    How the hell did we draw 8 walks?

  • fromthemitten

    WOOO NEXT YEAR IS ALMOST HERE! LETS GET SOME PITCHERS WHO AREN’T SCRUBS

  • Big Joe

    Thanks for a good year, Mr. LaHair. I hope you are back next year. I doubt you will be. Sorry for the shitty treatment by this team. Good luck in whatever you do in the future. I hope someone stands by you, through any mid-season slump, give you the at bats to work through it, and you reward them for their patience and loyalty. From long-shot, to first time All-Star, to an avoided conversation…relegated to a pariah on the bench…you have been nothing but class. Good luck.

    • http://Eyecanseeinc.net LeotheCub

      I agree with all u say

  • Njriv

    Now that the season is finally over, I will be taking a little time off the site. Nothing against any of you, especially of you Brett. I enjoyed your coverage of the Cubs through out the season, but I have other things that I should focus my attention to. I will however, come back to read about when ever the Cubs make any trades, FA signings or any other big news. It’s always a little disappointing when the Cubs season is over, no matter how bad they are. I love Len, Bob and Pat Hughes making it a little easier. Even though there is a lot of work to be done, I like the direction of this team and where they are headed. There are some bright spots, and I can’t wait to see what Theo and Jed do in the off-season. You guys have been a blast to interact with and are the most intelligent baseball fans I know.
    Its been fun.

  • Brent

    I will miss the EBS for the next six months. I will not miss this season. Wait ’til next year! (actually, wait ’til 2014).

    • TWC

      Did you just say “Wait ’til next year”?

  • cubchymyst

    Less than half of the teams in the MLB get to end their season with a Win. The Cubs got to be one of them.

    • TWC

      Um, wouldn’t *precisely* half of the teams in MLB end the regular season with a win?

      • Kyle

        Yes. But not all teams end their season in the regular season. 9 of the 10 playoff teams will end their season with a loss.

        • TWC

          Well, yeah, of course. I suppose I forgot that playoffs games exist.

          • cubchymyst

            I was including the playoffs, I’m also assuming more than 1 of the playoff teams win on their final game of the regular season. I was just looking for an extra boost for winning the last game.

            • TWC

              … the thinnest sliver of a silver lining.

              • cubchymyst

                so thin that I’d give it up to be one of the playoff teams

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                A silver sliver slithered on the cinder.

                I just invented a tongue-twister!

  • Josh

    Let the offseason begin!!

    Hey if the A’s can win the AL West anything can happen. They traded their best player last year and it’s looking like they will beat out the two preseason favorites to make the postseason. May be the most surprising thing I’ve ever seen as a sports fan. With that being said, I still expect the Cubs to suck next year. At least we can have hope again

  • ssckelley

    To bad Wood did not get the win. But it is neat to see Marmol finish the year with a 3.42 ERA. Amazing come back compared to what it was mid season.

  • CubsFan4Life

    It is definitely a good feeling to end the season with a walk-off win. Finishing this season with 101 losses is hard to accept, but I am confident that this is the worst year. If Theo and Jed can find a couple starting pitchers and a third baseman during the winter, next year could be a much better season for the Cubs.

  • Will

    Welp, Listach is gone… next years gonna be AWESOME!

  • http://bleachernation.com lou brock lives

    Pat Listasch given his walking papers – this leaves 3B coaching job open for Ryne Sandberg & the infield defense as well. I guarantee Ricketts wants it to happen. Will Sveum be willing to have him on his staff ?

    • TWC

      OH THANK THE HEAVENS!

      I was worried that we wouldn’t have some ongoing controversy to distract us until February.

      • Wilbur

        love it …

    • Northside Matt

      Phillies fired their first base coach, so expect an arm wrestling match between Theo & Ruben Amaro over Sandberg’s services.

    • Stinky Pete

      I have heard on XM that Manny Acta is well respected as a 3rd base coach. Just Sayin’.

    • skidrow

      Oh please give the Sandberg stuff a rest already.

      • DarthHater

        Already? They have not yet begun to rant!

  • Sully

    Thanks for great coverage this season Brett. I am still all in on the rebuilding plan. Common sense tells us this will not be a quick fix but I know this is the right way to do it. From Low A ball all the way up. Ready for spring training.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, Sully.

  • Kevin

    Not only a good PR move but a good sound baseball decision to help the infield. Sveum is lucky to get Sandberg and shouldn’t be afraid of his job.

  • jim

    HAVE a good “off season”, CUBS!
    Let’s hope that the “powers to be”
    make some good DECISIONS during
    the winter. PREDICTION: A better
    team in 2013 & there is HOPE for
    the future. THEY will ALLWAYS be our
    CUBS! GOD BLESS!

    p.s. AND by the way: GO IRISH! BEAT MIAMI!

  • Mysterious4th

    I still say if were not going to be in the playoffs then we might as well lose well enough to get higher spending for the draft and international signings!

    I hope they can pick up anibal sanchez and santana. I think stewart will have a pretty good bounce back season in 13.

    Let’s hope ryno won’t still feel the sting of not getting a job on the cubs coaching staff and take the cubs spot for listach. He’d probably be pretty damn good and could love to be a part of a cubs WS team in the future

    • Picklenose

      I like your post, but I don’t think you are going to see much more from Ian Stewart. His offensive line for his best three years in Colorado .245/.332/.788 playing in a park that elevates both batting average and slugging percentage. Over that same time period he struck out in nearly one-third of his at bats (31.7%). Although I struggle with WAR since I don’t exactly understand how it is calculated, his rating is between .5 and 2.0. According to baseball reference anything below 2.0 is not a starter. So in a park that elevates statistics his best season he is barely ranked as a starter. Add in the rumors about his work ethic in Chicago, and it is hard to see Stewart as the answer at third.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        I think that 2.0 is an average WAR for a starter: remember, the “R” is for “replacement” and thus not your standard MLB player.

        Personally, I’d prefer to rescale WAR to league average starters: but a difference of (say) 2.0 in WAR would be the same either way; all you do is reset where zero is.

        • Picklenose

          According to the baseball reference, a good triple A player should be able to get a rating of 0, then 0-2 indicates a reserve level player, 2-5 indicates a major league starter, 5-8 indicates an all-star level player, and 8+ indicates an MVP candidate. In Stewart’s best year he rated 2.0, the lowest rating that suggests a ML starter. In his other 5 years he surpassed .5 only once. The evidence doesn’t suggest he is the answer for the Cubs at 3rd.

  • RoughRiider

    Since the Astros have played their last game in the National League I guess it makes our Cubs the worst team in the league. It can only get better from here.

  • Sircub

    A nice bookend. Now it’s time for the real competition to begin: the off season. As they say in one of the all time classic pieces of American cinema: “Half-time is game time.”

  • Ogyu

    Question: Have there ever before been two 100-loss teams in the same division?

    • mikaylaaa

      yes actually! royals and tigers in 2002. espn sent this fun fact to my phone the other day haha

      • Ogyu

        Thanks!

        But the Royals and Tigers combined for 206 losses, while the Cubs and Astros combined for 208 losses. So all you Reds fans out there can take pride in the fact that you just won the worst division in history!

  • http://twitter.com/rbmryu Rafael Meirelles

    The season is over!
    Nothing to remember in terms of performance, but this was the season of my first game! In 2012 I was in Chicago and watched 3 games in Wrigley! That means the world to me!
    I hope I can go to Chicago every year!

  • Fastball

    Glad this season is over. Glad it ended with a W. Hope Theo gets some real baseball players this off season. I think he should job shadow Billy Beane on building a ML roster when you don’t have crap. I got the A’s and the Red’s in the WS. Won’t be the tv ratings the network hopes for but who cares. It won’t be the Yankee’s, Rangers. An A’s – Giants series would be cool too. At any rate it will be a very interesting play offs.

  • die hard

    Campana hits and SB….why look any further to 4th OF next yr?…Castro better bring his A game to spring training or could be Baez Baez Starlin

    • Jim L

      Please never leave this site, I will sorely miss your amusing insights, always good for a few laughs.

  • Alec

    Proud of Castro. Slumped badly. Never gave up. Played every game!

  • Cubs1967

    thank god it’s over……….it;s all over. wait till next year fans……….year 104. er-but they won’t try again so it’s wait till 2016…………

    yipee!

    geez………pathetic!

    • DarthHater

      thank god it’s over

      Does that mean you’re gonna shut up for a while?
      #wishfulthinking

      • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

        The internet is a great tool, but it gives idiots the platform to show their intelligence on a regular basis. We couldn’t be that lucky DarthHater.

  • Rich

    Thank you Brett for a great written and well run website. The best there is for Cub fans. Soon we can have more wins and fun by following the Cubs.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, Rich.

      • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

        Brett, you have been a scholar and a saint during this season. I don’t know how you have done it. In between some on here, and the play on the field. You have been here every day. I commend you for that.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Thanks, EBN.

    • Joebwan

      Second that. Your EBS is a great public service.

      • King Jeff

        I agree. It’s only a matter of time before the idea spreads like wildfire.

  • Believe in 2015

    Great job this season Brett! I don’t think many of us could do what you do every day, especially during awful seasons. Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading your work this offseason.

  • Richard Nose

    Just a couple bottomfeeders.

  • joebwan

    Terrible season. Still, I can’t wait for the next one. I thought Jed said the right things on the radio before the game today. He sounds like he knows what he’s doing, while painfully aware how bad the team is now. I think they’re doing things the right way, and it will be fun watching them get better. They can’t get worse, anyway.

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