Here's an excerpt from the FOXSports.com contributor's mailbag that was posted a several hours ago.
What do the Cubs need to do to get themselves into the playoffs and (finally) win a World Series?
First, they should fire Dusty Baker, who's lost whatever je ne sais quois he had in San Francisco. Second, they need to sign or trade for a corner outfielder who can produce offensively. Third, they need to get past the idea that they can rely on Neifi Perez as an everyday player (that means acquiring another middle infielder). Fourth, Kerry Wood needs to be healthy in 2006. In other words, the Cubs need a "perfect storm" of events next season to overtake the Cardinals and Astros and fend off the hard-charging Brewers. Don't bet the mortgage on that happening.
In my view, Dayn has a wonderful grasp of the situation surrounding the Chicago Cubs. The "perfect storm" phrase captures this Cub fan's feelings to a T.