The Chicago Cubs clinched a spot in the NLCS. They beat their arch nemesis, the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in front of a raucous crowd at Wrigley Field. This is the Cubs first series win at home in history.
I could end it right there while everyone breaks out the champagne and waits until Saturday to get the series started. I won’t. These Chicago Cubs were downright fantastic. The series lived up to the hype. The Cubs winning it 3 games to 1.
In a series where the Cubs scored 20 runs with 15 being home runs, you can easily say it’ll go down in history as one of the most fabled playoff series. There was Kyle “Baby Ruth, Sultan of Schwarb” Schwarmer with his scoreboard clearing home run that now is considered to be a called shot. After all, the original called shot has mythical proportions added to it, doncha think?
Even the congratulations are pouring in from White Sox fans.
Anthony Rizzo hitting a moonshot to right field in the sixth inning to put the Cubs ahead was the deal closer. However, the deal was closed at the start of the year.
“It was one of those things where we’re going to get better every month, for the most part. We’re going to have guys develop,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. “We’re going to have young guys come up, do well, struggle, do well again, first time in the big leagues. So it was just a whole-year process, and now it’s all coming together, and it feels really nice.”
Mr. Rizzo has come into his own this season, quietly guiding the younger players into maturity so they can be here at this moment.
“We’re going to celebrate this. We deserve to celebrate this. It’s been a long time coming for this city, and hopefully it’s just a sign of things to come.” added Rizzo.
No one could be more happier than Theo Epstein, President of Baseball operations. He stated when he got the job that it’ll be a tough hill to climb.
“We beat the Cardinals — these guys are like our older brothers and they’ve been kicking sand in our face for 100 years,” Theo Epstein said. “There’s a lot of similarities to when the Red Sox knocked off the Yankees in ’04. This one just gives us a nice date on Saturday.”
The truth is that baseball has waited for this moment for a long time. The Chicago Cubs are that storied franchise where even the most casual baseball fan will jump aboard and cheer them on to victory.
What does this mean for MLB?
People love the underdogs and they’ll cheer for them. Boston in 2004 and Kansas City last year. It’s proven time and time again that everyone loves a great story.
This year, the Cubs are that story.
“The celebration in this room is about the players and Joe, but the fact is, the fans, all these years — and I don’t mean like 1908, but the last few years where we’ve said we’ve got to do it the right way, and it’ll take time, and please hang with us and believe in us, and they have. Tonight, to give a little bit of that back is incredible. Now we have to win two more series to give it all back.” Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts.