Cubs Ahead By A Century

Javier Baez

“First thing we’d climb a tree
And maybe then we’d talk
Or sit silently
And listen to our thoughts
With illusions of someday
Cast in a golden light
No dress rehearsal,
This is our life”

Ahead By A Century- Tragically Hip

There are two ways to look at the Chicago Cubs 12-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates last night. One being that the Cubs are so dominant and this is hopefully a sign of things to come in the post season, or the Pirates are so bad that this game was merely just a tune up for the post season. Either way, the Cubs showed the sparse crowd at the awesome PNC Park just how good they are.

The Cubs collected their 100th win as well. To reach the century mark for the first time since 1935 is an omen. It was a year that they made the World Series and hopefully if all superstitions are kept in check could mean a great sign for the October ahead.

Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in six runs to showcase why he’s exactly what the Cubs need and Kyle Hendricks pitched six scoreless innings in the rout.

“It’s not too often you get this much talent in one room on one team,” said Kris Bryant, who celebrated the 100th win by driving in his 100th and 101st RBIs on a two-run homer. “We need to realize what we have here and be grateful for it. I couldn’t have pictured a better first two years in the big leagues.”

If there were any doubters of the greatness of Hendricks, they’re quickly rewriting their ballots on the Cy Young voting card. He only struck out five last night but he made batters hit into grounders with ease and that’s all any manager can ask from a pitcher.

That and what’s the mascot’s name at Dartmouth.

“He says, ‘So, if I was to go to the bookstore at Dartmouth, what would I see as the nickname of the school?'” Hendricks said. “I said, ‘Big Green,’ and he walked away.”

We all know that history isn’t exactly on the Cubs side. A 100 win season doesn’t exactly carry over to a sure World Series thing but one thing is for sure, the Cubs have won 100 games before. Those years were 1906, 1907, 1909 and 1910. Kris Bryant has more home runs then those teams did in each of their seasons.


“The guys wanted that 100th win. I kind of like that,” manager Joe Maddon said. “A 100 is very significant for us. I’ve been on teams that have lost 100 games, so it’s kind of nice to be on the other end of the stick. It means we’ve been pretty consistent all year.”

So as the Cubs are checking off their milestone bucket list, I can guarantee that there’s only one more thing for them to check off and if that doesn’t happen this season, it wouldn’t exactly be a failure but disappointment would be the right word. No manager, GM or team president signs players thinking that this is it. What I’m looking for in the Cubs at the end of October is that 7th game, bases loaded, two out and David Ross at the plate kind of season. You can write the ending.

Believe it.


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