David wrote:btw I don't look back all that fondly on 2004...aside from maybe the Nomar trade day, the Sosa/Alou back to back game and the Walker slide. but overall that season sucked. i remember it as a lot of waiting for prior to come back and actually look like prior, the cardinals getting off to an insurmountable lead, and then the collapse in the last 2-3 weeks.
Yeah, 2004 was the worst season for me as a fan. It was mainly due to the Cardinals being so good, though. I remember going into the season being so excited about the Cubs. I thought we would be the greatest baseball team ever. And things just progressively got worse as the season went along. I was so furious about how that season played out. I felt for the longest time that it was a complete fluke that we were trailing the Cardinals and that we would eventually overcome the Cardinals. I was so angry about the Cardinals having a number of guys having random career years. Obviously, Carpenter becoming a revelation was the worst news for us Cub fans. But, Tony Womack, a year after looking like he was toast, having a career year at 34 was the worst for me. That just made me irate. I was fuming every time I heard his name.
I was also in college at the time, and my two best friends were big Cardinals fans. And by the time we got back to school in the fall, it was already over. And I just couldn't deal with them being so joyous. I still felt as if we were the better team and that it was just unfair and fluky. Granted, at the time, I wasn't as smart of a baseball fan. And it should have been pretty obvious that a team with Pujols, Rolen, and Edmonds, all in their primes, didn't need much luck to be a good squad. But, at the time, the whole Womack and Carpenter [expletive] made me sick.
By August I was able to kind of just write the whole Cardinals-as-juggernauts thing off. We have Nomar. We'll still get the Wild Card. Everything will be fine. Wrong. Just a horrible year of baseball. It was probably made worse by spending so much time with two diehard Cardinal fans, being around them cheering and having parties to celebrate their success on into the playoffs. That [expletive] was the worst.