For the first time since 2006, the Cubs will be sitting at home for the postseason after what many Cubs fans will consider a disappointing season.
Heading into the 2009 campaign, the Cubs and Brewers appeared to be the favorites in the division, with many thinking this could be their year.
But then the season actually started.
Injuries to Aramis Ramirez, Big Z, and many important role players and starters could be to blame for the mediocre season.
Then again, they are the Cubs and may have not won any more games with these guys in the lineup.
So the big questions will be what to do to the roster before 2010 happens.
First and foremost the Cubs are going to be looking for an outfielder. Milton Bradley did everything but help the Cubs out in 2009 and will not be missed.
The next thing that needs to happen is the Cubs need to score more runs. Ramirez may be near the end of his career, so would picking up a young third baseman with power be out of the question?
The final thing is get the bullpen together. If Marmol cannot get his control together, he is as good as Dave Dravecky out there.
Now I am sure there are other issues such as who will be in the rotation if they can indeed deal the hot headed Zambrano, and if someone out there actually wants Rich Harden.
As a Cubs fan, this season was one of the most frustrating since 2002.
I would rather have them look like crap on paper and lose 100 games than to have a let- down season.
But, luckily, I have a sense of humor, and I have five things the Cubs can do before 2010 to make their team better, or at least entertaining to watch.
They can place Ronnie "Woo-Woo" Wickers in Right Field.
Why will this help you ask?
It is just like little league when you were chanting: "Hey batter-batter, swing batter," or for you 1980s movie buffs exactly like having a very loud Cameron from Ferris Bueller out in right.
Ronnie will upset so many opposing batters that they may swing too hard and pop out weakly to the infield. Another plus is that Ronnie may have a better glove than Milton Bradley did out there.
Have "Major League" manager Lou Brown come into the clubhouse and give Marmol a vision test. According to Brown, "Seeing is the most important thing."
However, his former center fielder Willie Mays Hayes said, "I don't think it is that important."
Good thing the Cubs center fielder doesn't speak English. Maybe Marmol can borrow Gregg's glasses cause he sure pitched like he needed new ones.
Bring back Steve Bartman, kill a goat in the bleachers, and sacrifice Leon Durham all on opening day.
If you are one those who believe in curses, this should do it. No more goat curse, no more tubby first baseman "Bucknering" it in the playoffs, and no four-eyed fans stealing outs in the playoffs.
Now all we've gotta do is put together a decent team...
We can have journeyman catcher Crash Davis purposely flood the field the night before every game.
Just remember, you can't lose if you don't play.
The final piece to the puzzle is finding a kid named Henry Rowengartner, breaking his arm, and hoping his tendons heal too tight.
There is a better chance of telling Gary Busey he is Chet Steadman a pitcher for the Cubs and having him believe it.
What can I say, at least the teams in those classic movie references won. At least I have that.
See you April of 2010 in Atlanta.
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