The year 2008 is no different as the Chicago Cubs will not win the World Series for the 100th year in the row. The Los Angeles Dodgers bounced the Cubbies from the 08 postseason as they needed just 3 games on their way to a sweep. At the end of the 2008 season the Cubs finished with 97 wins, good enough for the best record in the National League and home field until the World Series. That didn’t seem to matter as the Dodgers came into the friendly confines of Wrigley field and took both games and took a 2-0 lead back to LA, needing and getting one win to advance to the NLCS.
So why have the Cubs went their 100 years with a World Series title? I mean the Red Sox only went 86 years between titles, and had “the curse of the Bambino” stacked against them. Well the Cubs fans during the NLDS were a little disappointing as they sat in silence most of the first two games, even before the Dodgers started to pound the Cubs into submission. It was almost like they were just passing time until they could say “oh well, we lost for the 100th time, let’s go watch football.” So Cub fans, you need to check yourself, and either support your team or go root for the White Sox.
I also feel that the reason the Cubs haven’t won is because they never pick up any good “proven” postseason players. The free agents or trades they have made over the past few years haven’t been all that impressive to me. The main example that comes to my mind is Alfonso Soriano. He may have had some great “regular” seasons with the Yankees where he was a 30/30 guy, and he was even a 40/40 guy with the Nationals the year before he came to Chicago. But when the Cubs signed him he had only 4 career homeruns and 45 strikeouts lifetime in the postseason. Also, in 2008 their ace was Ryan Dempster who was a closer the year before. And somehow he was supposed to pitch the Cubs to the championship? A team like the Dodgers on the other hand have made valuable acquasitions. They traded for Manny Ramirez this year, who has 2 rings and the most career postseason homeruns. Their ace this year is veteran Derek Lowe, who has a ring and has pitched and won the clinching game of a Divisional Series, a Championship Series, and World Series. So its no wonder the Cubs got manhandled by a team that had 13 fewer regular season wins.
Several players for the Cubs may have had or come close to a career year in 2008, but until they get some players who have proven they cane handle the pressure of playing in the postseason, it may be another 100 years before the Cubs do the unthinkable and win the World Series.