Cubs' future appears bright

Originally Published: February 10, 2005
By Jim Callis | Baseball America
After the Cubs' 2003 ended with heartbreak in the National League Championship Series, their 2004 finish was more miserable. With nine games remaining in the regular season, they owned a 1½-game edge in the NL wild-card race. Chicago was one out away from beating the Mets when LaTroy Hawkins served up a three-run homer to Mets rookie Victor Diaz in a game New York would win in 11 innings.

The Cubs never recovered. They lost six of their next seven games to lose the wild card to the Astros, a team they held a seven-game lead over in late August.