Hey at least they finished five games above .500. The first winning season without a playoff appearance since 2004. Now we get to root for any team that faces the Cardinals. Who would have thought that a year removed from being swept by the Dodgers, we would be rooting for them to do the same thing to the Cardinals.
18 wins in the final 32 games. Ironically, the Cubs started winning when Soriano and ultimately Bradley went home. It just seems like the Cubs fans were always ahead of the curve at making decisions that should have been made a long time ago. Decisions such as moving Gregg out of the closers role, how many blown saves did Lou need to see before Marmol took over? I remember listening to SportsCentral on WGN radio in June/July listening to fans say move Soriano out of the leadoff spot, get Bradley out of there, etc. I'm not saying Lou did a bad job because there are so many things that just didn't go right this year. I'm not going to make a huge book about it right now because you know the rest.
Right now voting can be done for the final 18 wins of the year. After the conclusion of the World Series, I'll probably create a poll for the best Cubs games of 2009. Don't worry, I won't include all 83 wins in that poll.