What a strange feeling today has brought. In the recent past, the end of the regular season has been accompanied by mixed feelings of relief and excitement to head into the offseason. Today, and I suspect whenever everything’s over, is nothing like that. I’m anxious about Wednesday, but I also have quite a bit of melancholy about the regular season being over. This was an extremely special, rare year, and they don’t always feature so many exciting moments, big wins, deep competitiveness, and sheer joy. I think if the season had been 300 games, this team would have kept doing what they did – and, quite simply, would have kept entertaining us.
As it stands, the Cubs very well might head into the 2016 regular season with a better team on paper than the one they have today, but that’s far from a guarantee that it’ll be a great season, let alone an exciting one featuring 95+ wins. But nothing can change the 2015 regular season now, and I already can’t wait to put together a look-back post on all of the fun moments.
That won’t come until it’s all over, though, and hopefully there are still several more highlights to add …
- Speaking of the playoffs and the incredible season that just concluded, here’s a great read from Jon Greenberg on Theo Epstein, the process, the playoffs, and more.
- Dan Haren confirmed after yesterday’s game that he’s retiring after this season (Cubs.com). So, if he doesn’t make the playoff roster at any point this year, he’s all done. It was a good start to end it, and he wound up with a 4.01 ERA, a 4.57 FIP, and a 4.65 xFIP in his 58.1 innings with the Cubs.
- Addison Russell is ready for the playoffs, despite his youth (CSN).
- “Picture me trollin’, they hatin’ … “:
— Jake Arrieta (@JArrieta34) October 4, 2015
- Random thoughts on Ian Happ:
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) October 2, 2015
- The end of the season also made me remember that, despite how good it all felt on the whole, there was at least one significant low point in the year – the late July sweep by the Phillies at Wrigley Field. We all hoped at the time that it would be the low point, but I think if we were honest with ourselves, we feared it would not be – especially after the top of the 9th the next day against the Rockies. Kris Bryant saved the day, and certainly saved our emotional spirits that night.
- If you missed anything from this weekend, catch up here.
- Don’t you dare, Pirates.
- Cell phone plan:
So, the Cubs could have won 12 fewer games and still been the second Wild Card. Can they roll those over to next season?
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) October 5, 2015