Never too early

It was just one loss, but Cubs fans are all too familiar with warning signs

Updated: April 6, 2010, 5:30 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

ATLANTA -- This was before Monday's game, when spirits were high, self-doubt was low, when those inside the visitors' clubhouse and dugout were of good cheer and all was right in Cubdom.

You get the picture.

The fellas were crowded in front of the flat screen and the Cardinals-Reds opener, Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Marmol, Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto sprawled on couches like a bunch of guys about to order some pizzas and beer, except they were in various ...

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