The Cub Reporter nails the 2006 Cubs:
Offensively, this team is offensive. ESPN.com lists 11 team offense categories, and the Cubs are last, or second-to-last, in nearly all of them. Not last or second-to-last in the NL; last or second-to-last in the majors. The bottom three in just about every category is occupied by the Devil Rays, the Royals, and the Cubs. That is beyond sad.
In other cities, when your team sucks like this, you look to the youngsters and into the minors for hope. There are a few bright spots among the youngsters on the team (Zambrano, Murton) and in the minors (Pie, Patterson) but because of management’s track record, I don’t get a sense, like fans of some teams, that the kids will get a chance to play.
So the team isn’t contending, it isn’t one player away from contending, it isn’t rebuilding. I don’t know where it is in the success cycle, and I don’t think *it* knows where it is.
You know, it means a summer free from worrying over every game with the Cardinals, a summer free from three hours a day agonizing over the outcome of a game played by a couple dozen millionaires.
I might actually get some writing done this summer.