The Chicago Cubs realize it’s now or never. Forget the 100 years without a World Series title; the Cubs haven’t won a National League Pennant since 1945 – incredible, especially for a big-market team.

Currently atop a National League that makes the NBA’s Eastern Conference and NFL’s NFC look formidable, the Cubs recently saw the Milwaukee Brewers – a team nipping at their heels – acquire one of the best pitchers in baseball, C.C. Sabathia (sorry C.C., I’m still giving you initials).

Just when I was ready to hand the Brewers the NL Central crown, the Cubs countered by trading for Oakland ace Rich Harden, who has a 5-1 record and 2.34 ERA this season.

I don’t see the Cubs’ window of opportunity with this squad staying open any longer than a year or two, so I applaud Cubs GM Jim Hendry for getting the deal done, but I’m sorry Cubs fans – it won’t be enough.

Hate to rain on the parade of a fan base in euphoria – hailing Harden and relishing the fact they will send a franchise-record seven players to the All-Star game – but the Cubs will find a way to be sitting at home for the World Series.

Whether it is a key injury, a playoff bullpen breakdown, or a freak incident with a fan – it’s going to happen … sorry Cubs faithful.

In the meantime – enjoy the ride.