The Chicago Cubs NLDS is all set to go tomorrow. They’ll be squaring off against the San Francisco Giants after they defeated the New York Mets 3-0 last night. I was hoping for a Mets/Cubs series more for payback than anything and that it is an even year for the San Francisco Giants. We know what that means, right?
“It’ll be a fun time in Chicago — that’s what it’s been all year,” Chicago’s Jason Heywardsaid. “We don’t take it for granted. It’ll be a good time and we’ll have some fun with it. This is what you play for, you want to be on this stage. Don’t ever forget it or take it for granted, just have fun.”
I’m always leery about the Giants. It’s almost like they play possum all year and then wake up in the post season. The good news is that the Cubs beat the Giants in the regular season but the Giants, as we know, have won World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Do you see the pattern there? I’m not going to go into detail about the Cubs history in the playoffs but last year, the Cubs beat the Mets in the regular season and look what happened?
“This is 2016, so [the Giants] are going to be tough to beat, no doubt,” Anthony Rizzo said.
In a way, it’s best for the Cubs to be facing the Giants. If they haven’t faced adversity this season, then they’re going to get their fair share of it in the NLDS. The Cubs are a strong team and it’s going to be a tough series. It might not be a sweep, but the Cubs should and will come out of it on top.
We know that President Obama is a proud Chicagoan and a staunch White Sox fan, but will he be cheering for the Cubs on their quest? Press Secretary Josh Earnest has said,
“It’s been a long time coming, and Cubs’ fans have been waiting a long time for a team that looks like this. And there’s a reason that they are considered by just about everybody the favorites to win the World Series,” he said. “But you know, this is — the playoffs and baseball are exciting. And I know the president is looking forward to tracking their progress through the playoffs.”
So there you have it, sort of. It’s almost sacrilegious to wish away today, but Friday can’t come soon enough for this Canadian Cubs fan. Today though, we’ll be watching the Toronto Blue Jays try to get past the Texas Rangers. Game time is 4pm eastern. I’d love to see a Jays/Cubs World Series.