Well, that’s all she wrote on the 2015 Cubs.

It was a very exciting, entertaining season that ended disappointingly and painfully at the hands of the red-hot New York Mets. Few people, myself included, weren’t surprised at the 4-game sweep by the upstart Easterners, but hats off to them. They picked the right time to play near-perfect baseball while the Cubs went into hibernation a tad too early.

Still, no bitterness or anger abounds, for Cubs fans can now arguably say, and believe, that next year actually looks better. For a team with a new manager and starting multiple rookies, to go from 73 wins to 97 in the regular season, then knock off their two toughest division rivals, including the mythical St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs, all while netting Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and justifiably, Cy Young honors, is nothing short of astonishing.

The future does indeed look bright as steel, but there is still that sting of oh-so-close defeat hanging over the heads of the Cubs and their faithful. It will remain there until next Spring.

107 years and counting…