I have seen the top of the mountain, and it is good. The sun seems a little brighter today. Carlos Silva seems thinner, Ryan Theriot seems taller, Xavier Nady seems like he can throw a ball further than an average eight year old, and Jeff Samardzija's hair seems glossier and bouncier.
You hear the eloquent speeches and rhetoric about how "change" is coming. You know in your heart that the soundbites and the flowery language are just that without action to back it up. You see bold initiatives outlined that sound too good to be true on the surface, but you dare to hope that the greater good would be served by even a portion of the plan coming to fruition.
The opponents come out of the woodwork and criticize the sweeping changes of the new administration and begin laying blame for years of problems that pre-dated the new leaders. Scare tactics are used and some resort to name-calling. Yet the resolve of the new administration does not waiver and slowly and painfully the changes start to take effect.
You have learned from past experience that the other shoe will almost assuredly drop and that any good that may have occurred in the recent past will suddenly be swept away by another long string of disappointment. Still, the assuredness of the new leadership has you daring to dream.