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ESPN's Michael Wilbon on Cubs: 'It feels like it's the beginning'

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ESPN's Michael Wilbon on Cubs: 'It feels like it's the beginning'

It's a sad day-after for the Cubs; getting this far and anticlimactically putting an end to a "wasn't supposed to happen" magical season.

Naturally, Cubs fans are tossing around what-ifs and asking themselves 'If only this happened or that didn't happen?' But what did happen, is the reason Chicago isn't moping around, says ESPN's Michael Wilbon.

Wilbon, a die-hard Cubs fan and Chicago native, joined 'The Dan Patrick Show' on Thursday following the Cubs NLCS loss against the New York Mets to provide some closure after a bitter-sweet end.

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To Wilbon, the projection of the Cubs making the playoffs in the first place was wildly out of control and optimistic. So a loss like this one, isn't necessarily a loss. It's an added bonus in an already bonus year.

"I'm a little upset at getting swept, but I'm not gonna sit here and say 'oh, I'm in usual Cub depression that I've been in several other times in my life' -- it's not that bad," said Wilbon. "It feels a little different now.

"It feels like it's the beginning."

Check out Wilbon's entire conversation on The Dan Patrick Show below:

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.