If you're riding the Red Line today, take a look at the Wrigley Field scoreboard as you hit the Addison St. stop. In addition to the "W" flag, which signifies a victory, the Cubs also will be flying a "10,000" flag, commemorating the franchise's 10,000th victory, achieved Wednesday night at Colorado.
The Cubs have been around since 1876, and if not for some real lean periods, we'd have been celebrating No. 10,000 a lot sooner. During one of those periods, from 1947-66, the Cubs finished at .500 or above just twice, capping it with a record of 59-103 in '66. Before that season, new manager Leo Durocher proclaimed that the Cubs weren't an eighth-place ballclub. Nope. They finished 10th in 1966.
If not for years like that, heck, we could have been around to witness No. 20,000.