Today is the day the Chicago Cubs begin their quest for baseball immortality. A trophy that has eluded the fabled franchise for more than a hundred years. Under normal circumstances, expectations would be low, “Hey, we’re just happy to be here” is no longer a phrase spilling from the mouths of young Cubs. This year is different, the Cubs are the best team in baseball and are expected to end droughts, make grown men drop their beer and cry when the team wins it all at the end of this month.
Are the Cubs ready?
“Yes,” Cubs catcher David Ross said. “[It’s like] the cooped up dog in the house all day and the owner gets home. We’ve been running around the house for too long and we’re ready to get out on the field and play some catch and hit and throw and be a part of everything we get to watch on TV. We’re excited. I was up late last night watching the game. As soon as it was over, I was like, ‘OK, I can’t wait until we get our turn.'”
Game time is 9:00pm tonight and Jon Lester takes to the mound, rightfully so. He’s a veteran and his playoff experience brings its own pedigree with the catcher Ross.
“The biggest thing is I know what Rossy is bringing tomorrow, he knows what I’m going to bring and I think we have a way of communicating to where we can talk each other off a ledge if we need to or pump each other up if we need to,” Lester said yesterday. “It’s a good working relationship and, like I’ve said before, he knows how to push my buttons and I know how to push his and we try to get the best out of each other. We’ll try to ride that wave again tomorrow.”
The playoffs always comes down to great pitching and the Cubs have had that great pitching all year.
“A lot of is based on recent productivity,” Joe Maddon said. “The fact that Jon has nailed it, Kyle has nailed it. But they’ve also been very good at home where Jake’s also been good on the road. And John Lackey doesn’t care where he pitches.”
The Giants are going to be tough to beat. In fact, should the Cubs don’t get past this round, it’s going to be caused from a curse or fate, it’s what I believe. The curse of the Cubs or the recently anointed “even year” of the Giant. I want to see good baseball. Naturally, I want to see the Cubs win it all but this is the time of year when those hefty contracts are cashed in.
“It’s nice to have the days off,” Kris Bryant said. “I think a lot of us feel recuperated. Our bodies feel good. It’s just a matter of getting going. I’m sure there’s going to be some nerves and some anxiousness there early on.”