By 1984 it all came together. Ryne Sandberg was beginning to show why he would soon become a Hall of Famer and came to camp at HoHoKam Park ready to prove how ready he was. After an intense pre-season, Ryne would go off and slam 36 2B, 19 3B, 19 HR and steal 32 bases while batting .314. Leon Durham was now growing into a monster himself putting up 30 2B, 23 HR, 96 RBI and a .279. On the mound, Rick Sutcliffe was simply perfect. Starting 20 games for the Cubs, Sutcliffe
won nearly all of them, going 16-1 with a 2.69 ERA. Steve Trout was solid at 13-7, 3.41, while Dennis Eckersley was 10-8, 3.03. Newcomer Lee Smith would save 33 games and suddenly the Cubs were at 96 wins on the season. Sadly, they would not be able to beat the Padres in the Playoffs and the Cubs would see their incredible season come to an anti-climactic finish.