This is the final weekend of the 2016 regular season. The Chicago Cubs trounced division rivals, the Cincinnati Reds 7-3. It almost seemed like the Cubs were sending a message to the other playoff bound teams that they’re not going to show any mercy a week from tonight.
Ben Zobrist banged out a couple of homers in the game following some downtime. The results worked.
“Getting a few results, hitting the ball harder, driving the ball a few times in the last week has really helped,” said Zobrist. “Regardless of whether you make the playoffs or not, you want to finish the season strong and try to click on all cylinders at the last game.”
It’s important to finish the season strong because it keeps the engines working. I’m still a little leery about the Cubs getting a week off before the NLDS. I don’t know if that’s too much rest but in Ben Zobrists’s case it worked out well. Look at what he did last year in Kansas City’s run?
“That’s why you want to give them some time down,” Maddon said. “That’s what it can look like. The everyday major league player, people have no idea how difficult that is to do. Plus, he’s 35 years old.”
Maddon’s onto something. Despite high performance training facilities, the baseball season can appear long even though it’s the same length as an NHL season, the difference can be that hockey players play every other night while ball players have to be on just about everyday so when it comes around to October, the body’s going to wind down.
“Sometimes, you just feel like you’re just surviving for parts of the season,” Zobrist said. “The last couple weeks, knowing that we’ve clinched, and knowing some of these games weren’t going to matter all that much, I definitely tried to make a concerted effort to maintain an element of competitiveness and try to have good quality at-bats and not cash anything in. I think everybody in the clubhouse is trying to do that now. I’m consistently making adjustments. You’re going to have to do that in the postseason, too.”
The post season begins Tuesday for the Wild Card teams and it couldn’t come soon enough. The Cubs will begin play next Friday. It’s a new season filled with hopes, dreams and sometimes; heartache. Some people all ready have inside knowledge on the outcome,
While others choose to keep their fingers crossed for fear that a temptation of fate would cause irreparable harm to our great great great grandchildren’s yellowed W Flags.
I’m here to set the record straight on curses. There are none. The 2016 Chicago Cubs team is one of the best in history and someday they’ll be enshrined in upstate New York. They may or may not come out as champions but people will remember this team, this year and the way Joe Maddon and the rest of his Cubs captured the hearts of fans everywhere. There will be poetry written about this team like their last glory years of the early 20th century:
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