Down two games to none heading into Game 3 tonight, I wanted to believe that this team could make it a series. And hey, why not? This is, by and large, the team that ended the drought, and made us confident that they were never out of a game. We had Kyle Hendricks on the... Read more »
These playoffs have been a strange study in how Cubs fans feel about managers past and present. With a playoff series against Dusty Baker, certainly there were memories that had to be absolved or buried or whatever you felt you needed to do. And I don't think Dusty did anything particularly wrong in that series, except for maybe batting Werth second for the last two games and getting his story garbled on Stephen Strasburg. And it nearly worked out for him, and there's not much you can do about baseball gremlins enveloping your entire team for one game as they did in Game 5.
Cubs fans seem to have a more and more complicated relationship with their current manager, too...
I honestly don’t know how long it’s going to take me to recover from Game 5, but at least I know who is going to start Game 1 in my lineup: Mr. John Jamison. Cubs Notes The Cubs’ plane from Washington to Los Angeles was diverted early Friday morning due to a medical issue and... Read more »
For a game that had as much happen as this one did, I don’t know how to adequately describe all of the events, or give a blow-by-blow. It saw the Cubs take an early lead in the first inning, but also disappointingly leave the bases loaded in the top of the first. It also saw... Read more »
I wouldn't have predicted that the Dusty Baker angle has been a touch underplayed for this series. Maybe the idea that these are just two really good teams is enough, and certainly the baseball itself this weekend has been taking center stage. It's clearly the best series going by some distance.
I hadn't really thought about it before The Score's Dan Bernstein had brought it up before the series kicked off. How our perceptions have changed about Dusty since he left. It's been a long time now, and that always changes things and how we see them. There was on particular angle that I had forgotten...
So last night was weird. And not just because the Cubs actually kind of cruised to a somewhat easy win. I wasn’t excited for a Cubs playoff game. I wasn’t nervous, I wasn’t anxious. If anything, I was kind of dreading it. And I don’t know exactly why. The thought of another Cubs playoff run just... Read more »
Joe Maddon has the best kind of problem. He has too many good players to fit into the eight position player spots on the baseball diamond. Jason Heyward has been a positive offensive for an entire month for the first time in his Cubs career. Combine that with his elite glove and base running and... Read more »
The Cubs are about to begin another playoff run, their third in as many years. Of course things are different this year because, and some people forget this, they won the World Series in 2016. Decade upon decade of past disappointments have been washed away. Talk of magical goats and Cubbie occurrences have become a... Read more »
As you know, I've spent one or two of these times we have together bitching about the playoff system, and the problems it doesn't solve. It dawned on me today that this system was put in place to try and recreate the last day of the 2011 season (which was a Wednesday, right?), when both the Red Sox and Braves spat away playoff spots in the worst way possible. And thinking about that night, and how that night gave us the Cubs we have now...
Well the Cubs did what they needed to do in September. They won 6 of 8 crucial games against the Brewers and Cardinals and clinched their second-consecutive NL Central title on Wednesday. Before they can defend their title, they must finish out their regular season schedule against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley this weekend. The... Read more »