The first half of the major league baseball season was the best of times and the worst of times for the Chicago Cubs.
My beloved Cubs led the National League Central Division June 24, then proceeded to lose 11 straight games. Eleven straight games. Surely rolling the dice 11 times would produce one winner.
The Cubs surpassed my hometown Philadelphia Phillies' streak of futility in 1964. The fighting Phils led the NL by six and a half games with just 12 left to play. But they broke my 9-year-old heart by losing 10 straight games. The St. Louis Cardinals captured the pennant and went on to beat the New York Yankees in the World Series.
Now the Cubs have broken my 66-year-old heart. They’ve gone from contenders to sellers by the July 30 trade deadline. The Cubs may part ways with Kris Bryant and other stars.
At the All-Star break, the NL Central standings had the Milwaukee Brewers (53-39) in first followed by the Cincinnati Reds (48-42), four games back. The Cardinals and Cubs were tied at 44-46 and trailing by eight games. The Pittsburgh Pirates (34-56) occupied the cellar, trailing by 18.
Maybe the Cubs can roll out a winner next year.