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Beloved Cub's return an unexpected bright spot in an otherwise depressing offseason

Updated: December 18, 2010, 3:22 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- It's been sort of a rough offseason for the Chicago Cubs.

Really, it's been a rough two years.

OK, it's been a rough century. Happy now?

With 2008's regular-season run a distant memory, what is the Cubs' identity going into 2011?

They are a nine-figure payroll team with scant momentum and eroding public enthusiasm. The days of filling every seat in cool April evenings might not be over, but there are no guarantees.

Take the Cubs Convention, for example. ...

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