Afloat amidst this sea of despair, let's look back to something that might bring a smile to our faces.
Sure, the 2019 Cubs were probably as big or even a bigger disappointment than the 2023 team, but there was still that intense emotional connection to many of the key guys on the roster given their roles in snapping the 108-year title drought a few years prior - and that was certainly the case with 2016 World Series MVP Ben Zobrist.
Cubs got everything they could hope for and more from Ben Zobrist
On this date four years ago, in the final game of his MLB career, Zobrist took the mound - marking the eighth position he played on the field during his 14-year stint in the big leagues - and struck out Yadier Molina in front of Cardinal Nation at Busch Stadium.
Zobrist left an indelible mark on the franchise in his short time with the Cubs. A .362 on-base percentage, an All-Star and World Series MVP selection in 2016 and a true hard-nosed grinder who always gave Joe Maddon quality at-bats and the defensive versatility the organization prided itself on during that run.
Obviously, his career drew to a rather unceremonious close due to his personal off-the-field matters that required him to hang up his spikes to focus on his family. But this moment is just one of many in a career worth remembering: two World Series rings, three All-Star appearances and a boyish love of the game that emanated from him every time he took the field.