The Cubs bookended their rookie development program around Kerry Wood and Mark Prior.
For his first tattoo, Javier Baez went with the Major League Baseball logo on the back of his neck.
The Cubs lost 101 games last season and it has been 104 years and counting since their last World Series title.
This time last year, even the Cubs executives who knew Anthony Rizzo better than anyone else couldn't be certain that they were getting a core player for the next decade.
Its getting harder to see the Cubs making any made-for-TV moments or generating much controversy this winter, which is exactly how this front office likes to operate.