There is and always will be a solid stance as to why the Cubs have made the moves they have this offseason. There will also be a solid argument as to why they shouldn't have. I'm not going to be taking either of those sides. Instead, I'm just going to lament on what I won't be seeing anymore.
I'm going to miss Kerry Wood, closing games (usually) efficiently, at a great home town discount.
I'm going to miss Jason Marquis as a great #5 starter, who doubled as a solid player at the plate.
I'm going to miss Hammerin' Hank as the backup catcher. His long, greasy hair and tattooed arms gave the Cubs a little flare of style. Instead now we have Paul Bako, again.
I'm going to miss Mark DeRosa, who was one of the few players who actually showed his enthusiasm every game, and gave it his all. He was happy just being on a winning team in a city that loves the game. Now we're missing a solid backup corner OF, and any kind of backup 3B. Fontenot is now there, which makes it bittersweet, because I believe in his abilities to perform throughout a full season.
As odd as it may seem, I will miss Ronny. Yes, he had his gaffes that made us face-palm many-a-time, but he was versatile. He had a cannon for an arm, and had a good enough average for a backup.
I'll be missing Jim Edmonds a lot. The presence he brought from the left side of the plate was unmatched by any other player with his amount of playing time. Now our optional left handed batting OF is Kosuke.
In some ways this team got younger, in other ways it got older. But all in all, I'm going to miss the excitement of that 2008 team. The feeling that I was watching a possible world championship team that whole season gave it a little extra something.
For some reason, that feeling isn't there anymore.
Here's to the best Cubs regular season I've ever seen in my short life, and may the 09 Cubs exceed all of my lofty expectations.