This is how Dale Sveum pictured it: The city buzzing about the Cubs again, a 90-win team playing in front of 40,000 fans at Wrigley Field and gearing up for a potential World Series run.
Ever want to know why baseball players pick the walk-up songs they do and what goes into picking one?
Now you can.
Who says this young Cubs team arrived a year ahead of schedule?
The Cubs know nine-figure contracts for 30-something pitchers are ticking time bombs. They understood what the data said when they gave Jon Lester six years and $155 million guaranteed.
Hold the confetti. Keep the champagne bottles corked. Unplug the smoke machine.
For a few hours, at least.