A good year comes to an end
I think overall we can look back on this year as a success, even though it was certainly an emotional roller-coaster, especially the last five or six weeks. But this was a huge success for us as a team and an organization. You can’t take that away.
Getting to the postseason was a big deal. Obviously, once we got here we would have loved to win and to advance deeper in. But I think all of us know that getting here in the first place is a huge accomplishment.
When I look back, I’ll definitely remember that Cubs game on the last day of the regular season. The emotion was incredible, and it hit home what it meant to the city. Then the celebration, that was awesome. You play this game to spray each other with champagne, you know what I mean? That will be my lasting memory of this year, without a doubt. I never got to do that before. In college, you don’t get to do that kind of stuff.
I hope we do it again next year. I think we’re going to be good, but this is going to be a very interesting offseason personnel-wise. I am interested to see who we bring back, if we trade anyone. We have to see what happens with Ben Sheets. With CC, there is a chance he will be back. Who knows? That would be awesome. What he did down the stretch, working on three days’ rest, that’s one of the most unselfish things I’ve ever seen. That guy has $150 million on the line, and he put everything at stake for us. That’s cool.
I also can’t thank the fans enough for coming out and supporting us all year long. They played such a huge role in what happened this year and it was really cool to share the season with everybody. Hopefully we will have more to cheer about next year.