Cubs must ‘wait until next year’ for 99th time

Only one voice could be heard above all others at the end of the Cubs’ game last Saturday evening, Oct. 6. It is the shrill sound of the infamous fat lady that will long be ringing in the ears of the 42,000-plus fans who crammed into Wrigley Field, and the millions of others across the world who watched as the Cubs were swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Divisional Series.

The Cubs’ 2007 season, along with any hopes of a World Series appearance, came to a screeching halt as they lost game three of their divisional series 5-1. Starting pitcher Rich Hill gave up a lead-off home run to Chris Young on the first pitch of the must-win game. Things never got better from that point.

The Cubs were never really in this series. They managed only six runs in the three games. The mighty roar of the Cubs’ bats was reduced to a mere whimper. Their leading hitter during the regular season, Aramis Ramirez, was 0-12 with five strikeouts in the series. The Cubs’ three biggest hitters—Ramirez, Derrek Lee and Alfonso Soriano—combined for zero runs batted in. For a team that hit more than 40 home runs in the month of September, they got only one in October. It was from rookie catcher Geovany Soto. Not exactly what any baseball fan would call a recipe for success.

The dreams of a Cubs World Series championship will have to be put on hold until 2008. That will make it exactly 100 years since they last won a World Series. For the 99th consecutive season, the Cubs, and their loyal fans, will have to be told one more time: “Wait until next year!”

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

.from the Oct. 10, 2007, issue

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