1. the numbers
39 appearances (26 wins) in 106 years = in world series once every 2.7 years and a championship every 4 years. last appearance was in 2003. bound to happen.
2. the stadium
thing is awesome. no better way to bless the place than with a championship.
3. the young guns
more big names means deflected pressure and attention from cano, melky, damon, nady (if they are all still around for the year). if they can each put together some decent season numbers, the support is in place for those big names and the success runs full circle (or diamond).
Another thought: Cubbies make the World Series (but lose it to NYY)
2009 Predicted AL East Regular Season Standings
Red Sox 95-67
Blue Jays 80-82