Before you blast me for not pointing out that the Cubs got to the playoffs the same number of times this decade as the last six, I know that. It is more the emotional factor of how we lost and sometimes who one that made it simply the most emotionally crushing decade for Cubs fans.
2001: 88-74, Finished 3rd in NL Central
The skinny: Cubs do surprisingly well. They had a 6 game lead as late as June 22nd. Fade down the stretch and miss the playoffs.
2002: 67-95, Finished 5th in NL Central
The skinny: OMG they suck. Use three managers. Let Roosevelt Brown hit 231 times.
2003: 88-74, Finished 1st in NL Central
The skinny: Bartman.
2004: 89-73, Finished 3rd in NL Central
The skinny: Cubs look dangerous except for a weakass bullpen. Hendry won’t trade Guzman for a closer. The Cubs fade down the stretch capped off by a 5 game losing streak from Step 28 to Oct 2nd. They miss the playoffs by 3 games. The Red Sox win the World Series breaking their long franchise World Series drought.
2005: 79-83, Finished 4th in NL Central
The skinny: Cubs are 6 games above .500 on June 11th. Then they have two 8-game losing streaks. The White Sox win the World Series breaking their long franchise World Series drought.
2006: 66-96, Finished 6th in NL Central
The skinny: Dusty doesn't care about walks so lets Neifi Perez hit 250 times (posts a .610 OPS) Jerry Hairston hit 97 times (posts a .497 OPS) and Ronny Cedeno hit 579 times (post a .610 OPS). Hendry helps by trading Greg Maddux for Cesar Isturis (post a .542 OPS). The Cardinals go down in history as the worst team ever to win a World Series.
2007: 85-77, Finished 1st in NL Central
The skinny: The Cubs scrap their way into the playoffs but get swept out of the first round by the D-backs (a team that gave up more runs then they scored). The Red Sox win again.
2008: 97-64, Finished 1st in NL Central
The skinny: The Cubs finish with the best record in the NL and are considered by many to be the best team in the NL. They are then swept by the Dodgers. The Phillies are World Champions.
2009: 83-78, Finished 2nd in NL Central
The skinny: The Cubs follow up their 97 win season as early favorites to win the Central but barley manage to stay above .500. Milton Bradley. The Cards win the Central. The Yankees win the World Series.
2010: 47-64, 5th place in NL Central (Current Standings)
The skinny: The Cubs are one the worst teams in the NL even though they are only 2 years removed from a 97 win team. Cubs have lost 10 out of the last 11 and should be 20 games under .500 by the end of the week. Either Dusty Baker's Reds or the Cardinals will win the Central.
So there is the last 10 years for the Cubs. It was full of heartache. Lets hope the next decade is less traumatic.