I know we've all heard it before - and said it before - and we're hearing and saying it again.
"WAIT 'TIL NEXT YEAR"
For 99 years.
But I contend that in spite of this week's result, this year's results were ABOVE expectations. Yes, management spent a lot of money in the off season which paid off - in the end. Think about those first 60 days when the club was learning what Lou was all about and vice versa. The North Siders had to fight so hard to come back from that deficit and invest so much emotion into June, July, August, and September that there simply was nothing left for October.
In 2008, the team goes into spring training knowing what Lou is about. Lou has a pretty good idea what he has to work with, from Sori (in LF, NOT CF but maybe 2B, from some rumors) to The Riot to Soto, Kendall, Blanco, et al...
In theory, this club hits the ground running in 2008. Further, anyone who knows me offline knows I've been proclaiming for several years that 2008 is the Cubs year - with an even 100 years between titles.
Changes certainly need to be made...a "real" CF who can hit and field (a mesh of Pie, Sori, Jones (did I just type that?) and others...can the team afford to make a run at Andruw Jones? Can the team afford NOT to make a run at him? The rotation still needs a little bit more to get over the hump - whether a "psychiatrist on call" for Z or a solid back end starter that can be counted on for 200IP.
I know tonight hurts us all after the promise that September brought. But the sun will be up tomorrow. And there's always "next year".