This time last year, Michael Bowden was gearing up for a season with the Boston Red Sox, hoping to stick on the big-league roster after spring training.
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.
As the second Cubs Convention under Theo Epstein and Co. is about to kick off, be sure to tune in to Comcast SportsNet Friday evening for the start of the festivities.