Okay, first an apology. In a post on August 30th, I referred to the p-e-n-n-a-n-t and inferred the Cubs actually had a chance of winning it. I am SO sorry, oh Wild Gods of Baseball Fate and Fanaticism, please forgive me. In mentioning the P-word, I did not mean to send them on a losing streak that started that day with a loss to the Philadelphia Phillies and continued for the ensuing week until they finally beat the Cardinals.

I will never again use the P-word and the Cubs in the same sentence until that day has actually arrived.  Of course, thousands of other people probably had similarly sound scientific explanations for the slide: They wore the wrong hat to the game that day; They placed their beer in the wrong cup holder; A black cat crossed their path on the way to the ball park; A Phillies fan parked in their reserved spot. Why do you think superstition plays such a heavy role in baseball’s history? A losing streak can always be explained by something supernatural, but a winning streak just means you’re getting timely hitting, solid pitching and practicing solid fundamentals (but don’t change your underwear just in case).

On the ground in Wrigleyville, despite crunch after crunch in the housing and financial markets, what is left of the construction boom is still evident in half-a-dozen new-construction condominium buildings with units for sale in the area. With median prices per square foot currently hovering in the $200 range, there may be price reductions in the near future on several of these listings.

BTW – Congratulations National League Central Division Champion Chicago Cubs! Keep it Rolling!

Here is a look at some of the new construction:

3832 N ASHLAND Ave #4S
Price: $509,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,300
$/Sq. Ft.: $392

630 W BARRY St #GS
Price: $549,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 1,800
$/Sq. Ft.: $305

508 W MELROSE St #2B
Price: $598,400
Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,761
$/Sq. Ft.: $340