In case you haven’t heard, the Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series.
They will be facing the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Tuesday, October 25, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, for Game One.
Jon Lester and Javier Baez were named co-MVPs of the NLCS.
Almost all of America was rooting for Chicago — except Dodgers fans, of course — and seriously, how could anyone else root against Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, David Ross, and the rest of the Cubs family? The Cubs are made up of a bunch of fun-loving guys. Gentlemen you want to hang out with. Gentlemen with hearts of gold.
Joe Maddon put it best on Saturday night. “We did not suck,” he said. He was making a joke, but it’s true. The Cubs did not suck, on Saturday or otherwise.
Facing Clayton Kershaw was a tall task, but Kyle Hendricks put the Cubs on his back and carried them. He faced only one batter over the minimum through 7 1⁄3 innings, gave up no runs on two hits and struck out six. He received five runs of support, thanks to Rizzo, Wilson Contreras, and Bryant, and honestly, the way he pitched, one run would have been enough. Hendricks exited the game with one on, one out in the 8th inning, and was relieved by Aroldis Chapman. Chapman shut the door in the eighth and closed out the game in the ninth to send the Cubs to their champagne celebration.
Cubs fans were pretty excited.
Congratulations, Cubbies. Please crush Cleveland for us.
Sincerely, Tigers fans.