There are some facts about the Cubs that don't need to be said. I've rounded them up here so they can huddle together in their unspoken misery.
- Signing Milton Bradley was a mistake.
- Suspending him was not.
- The Cubs aren't going to the playoffs.
- Even the most jaded Cubs fans still harbored a tiny vigilante voice of hope deep in their hearts that was saying, "Let's just wait and see how we* do this weekend in St. Louis."
- That voice is now muttering obscenities.
- No matter the standings, it's always nice to beat the Cardinals, especially after watching them prematurely rush the field in jubilant, firework-lit celebration.
- Aaron Miles has had a bad year.
- The Chicago media don't like Milton Bradley. (Lesson to high-school jocks: Be nice to the nerds who don't make the team and have to settle for praising you in the school paper; they will one day have the power to torture you.)
- Jake Fox is a man's man.
- Only time will tell who overpaid more absurdly: Jim Hendry for Milton ($30 million) or the Ricketts family for this team ($845 million).
- This season has been a disaster.
- Someday we'll go all the way.
*Yes, the voice deep inside the heart of skeptical Cubs fans refers to the team as "we."