So I woke up this morning to some pretty exciting news. Yes, your 2015 Chicago Cubs are officially in the post season. This means that they’re qualified to compete for baseball’s most coveted prize, they have an opportunity to end curses and droughts that have plagued the team for over a century, and they can prove that Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Joe Maddon were right all along.
How they got to the post season wasn’t the most exciting way to get in, but they’ll take take.
The Cubs should have clinched by a win over the Pirates yesterday, but then that wouldn’t be the Cubs way now would it? No, the San Francisco Giants had to lose so the Cubs would get in. The poetry folks, is staggering. The 2014 World Series Champs had to lose so the Cubs could get in.
Remember when Jake Arietta got his no hitter? His last strikeout was Clayton Kershaw. Last Year’s Cy Young Award winner.
See the pattern here?
“I love playing in what is perceived to be the best division in baseball,” Joe Maddon said. “It’s about the end of the season and the last game of the season, and getting to that particular moment. Sometimes it takes a different route to get there.”
The Cubs lost a tough one to the Pirates yesterday 3-2.
Fans may say that there’s a rivalry that’s unparalleled in baseball between the Cubs and the Cardinals but this year has things shaping up to be a Pirates/Cubs hatred like no other. Today’s 1:05 eastern time matchup should be an exciting affair. The Cubs have nothing else to prove for the rest of the season. They can phone in the next week, practice on moving the ball but you have to remember something;
The Cubs have a lot of players who haven’t seen post season action. They’re hungry and they want to win it all. They don’t know what to expect.
“I don’t think there’s much more to learn until you get to the battle,” Lester said. “We can talk about playoff atmosphere and playoff intensity and all that stuff, but until you’re actually there, it’s something you can’t really describe and explain to guys. We all know what’s in front of us, and the Pirates will probably be our opponent. I think guys have been learning all year.”