Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tile Tuesday: 21 Years of the 2003 Cubs

This is my third and final tile of a Topps run of a Cub team.  Today, it's the team that was five outs away from the World Series, the 2003 Cubs.

Of the three featured, this tile has the shortest span.  I suppose that's a result of the free agent era.  Players just don't stick around with a team as long anymore.

The tile starts with a 1992 card of Sammy Sosa and finishes with Kerry Wood's card from last year.  In fact, the first two rows of the tile are almost all Sosa and Wood.  This team was built quickly, with many joining in 2003.  GM Jim Hendry did a lot of on the fly dealing that season and it really paid off.

But just as quickly as the team was built, it fell apart.  The last couple rows are almost all of just three players, Aramis Ramirez, Kerry Wood, and Carlos Zambrano.


  1. You know, this was a really cool idea. If you ever decide to do more, I would like to see the '89 team. That's the first time I went to Wrigley Field, and they did make the playoffs that year. Some of my fondest memories growing up were watching the Cubs on WGN with Grace, Sandberg, Dunston and Law in the infield, and Walton, Smith, and Dawson in the outfield.

    JT, The Writer's Journey

    1. JT--I had another tile scheduled for next Tuesday, but I'll push it back a week...Next Tuesday, the Boys of Zimmer!

    2. Awesome...can't wait to see it. :)