Welcome to the most bizarre sports story of the year.
Whether or not the Cubs got here a year ahead of schedule, they have a star manager, a dynamic lineup anchored by MVP and Rookie of the Year candidates and the hottest pitcher on the planet.
Chris Denorfia made Major League Baseball history Monday night.
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.
Hold the confetti. Keep the champagne bottles corked. Unplug the smoke machine.
For a few hours, at least.