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There were just too many story lines to count: The 108 year Chicago Cubs drought vs the 68 year Cleveland Indian drought; Cubs come back from 1-3 deficit to force game 7, Retiring David Ross hitting two home runs in World Series, including a crucial blow in Game 7; Cubs first losing to, then beating the Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in the NLDS, Dodger's ace Clayton Kershaw in the NLCS, and Indians ace Corey Kluber in the World Series; The extra inning rain delay clubhouse meeting led by Jason Heyward, the double plays by Russell to Baez to Rizzo that won the NL Pennant invoking the 1908 Cubs infield of Tinker to Evers to Chance; The Rickets / Epstein / Maddon rebuilding; Addison Russell's grand slam; Montero's pinch hit grand slam and crucial game 7 hit; The Schwarber comeback; Series MVP Zobrist's back-to-back World Series; Bryant's MVP base running and fielding and hitting - it just goes on and on.This was the greatest celebration, in honor of the greatest team, playing the greatest game, in the greatest championship series of the greatest season of the greatest sport in the history of this or any universe since the beginning of time.
|Cubs 2016 Pennant Winning Infield: Russell, Baez, Rizzo, Bryant|
|Fans watch Cub v Giants in Polo Field from Coogans Bluff - 9/23/1908|
|(Cubs 1908 Pennant Winning Infield: Steinfeldt, Tinker, Evers, Chance)|
"Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance were the Cubs’ shortstop, second baseman, and first basemen respectively. Along with Harry Steinfeldt, they were one of the best infield sets to ever step on the diamond. All four were great hitters, but they have been remembered in history for their defensive prowess. This infield combination was immortalized in a poem by Franklin Pierce Adams, a Giants fan (the Cubs’ biggest rivals at the time). The poem is entitled...
These are the saddest of possible words:
"Tinker to Evers to Chance."
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Making a Giant hit into a double –
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
"Tinker to Evers to Chance."
Unfortunately, this ode to the double-play left out Steinfeldt, who by the numbers has as much of a right to the Hall of Fame as Tinker or Evers. Baseball-statistics.com lists the 1908 Cubs infield as the second best in league history..."
|And this was before they added Baez...|
|1st Inning Double Play|
Chicago's Happy Lexicon
These are the happiest of possible words:
"Russell to Baez to Rizzo."
Unless it's the trio that often is heard,
Baez to Zobrist to Rizzo.
Ruthlessly defending day after day,
Fielding and throwing insane double plays ...
Oh wait!! Sometimes THIS trio makes them all pay:
"Russell to Baez to Bryant."
"Interested in going to NLCS Game 2? I think you are in luck (relatively speaking). Since there are almost 6,000 tickets available, it is a Sunday, and with a slightly iffy weather forecast, there is a strong possibility tickets will decrease from their current pricing. See below for some recent observations made at two different times Friday."It was good advice, but I didn't take it. As soon as game 1 ended, I was on Stub Hub getting bleacher tickets. I wasn't going to be in Chicago for the World Series, this was as close as I was going to get. The atmosphere around the park was electric.
Nobody said this was going to be easy."Clayton Kershaw came to the Dodgers’ rescue. Pitching on two days’ rest, Kershaw shut down the Cubs during a 1-0 victory by the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday night at Wrigley Field....The Dodgers got all the offense they needed on a second-inning solo home run by Adrian Gonzalez. From there it was all Kershaw, who out-dueled Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks went 5 1/3 and yielded the one run on three hits while walking four and striking out five."