For those of us who measure time not only by the liturgical calendar but by the baseball season, fall is a time to reflect on what happened or did not happen. It is a painful time once again for those of us who invest ourselves in the fortunes of the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs have not been in the World Series since 1945 and haven’t won a World Championship since 1908. We are approaching a pathetic centennial. Our only consolation is that the team did not lose 100 games this season and was not—not quite—the worst team in Major League Baseball.