Spider Man has Doctor Octopus, Batman has the Joker and the Chicago Cubs have the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s the way it should be. Two bitter division rivals dating back to the 1800’s when Chicago and St. Louis were major trading routes.
Tonight, it’s Jon Lester’s turn to be hero. FlyTheW is a lot like wearing the cape of a superhero. It strikes fear and intimidation and tonight, the battle begins.
So, what is it like being a Cubs fan?
“When you’re a Cub, though, you can’t necessarily be a Cardinals fan. But I have a lot of respect for the organization, always have,” Joe Maddon said. “The whole group wreaks of tremendous tradition. I’m a big Branch Rickey guy. But right now I’m a Cub, and hopefully will be a Cub for a long time.”
Let me get one thing straight. I don’t hate or despise the Cardinals. I liked Ozzie Smith. I think Adam Wainwright is the second best pitcher in the game(Best Pitcher’s initials JA) but no one can tell me otherwise that this isn’t like the World Series. When Chicago wraps up the Cardinals and heads to the National League Championship Series, it’ll be like they just won the World Series.
They owe it all to Joe Maddon. Fans, players and management can thank Joe for this past year. He was the main reason the Cubs got to this point.
“Joe is the perfect manager for this team and this situation,” said Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations. “It’s authentic. He brings everybody up around him, keeps it loose. It’s great for young players. They love being around him. There’s no doubt we’re not here today without him.”
Yet, this series could be just what the Cubs needed because like their namesake, these players are experiencing this for the first time and I’m going to predict that this slugfest between these two fierce enemies is going to be a series like no other.
“Everybody knows I grew up a Cardinal fan,” said Maddon, “and I get this opportunity as manager to work versus them in a Division Series 2015. That’s pretty awesome, man. Beyond that, I don’t want to make it personal. It’s about the players and our guys getting this opportunity. Our young guys. You have to understand, you have a bunch of young players getting this opportunity to experience playoff baseball their first year out of the chute. That down the road is invaluable.”