With the American League starting off the postseason, it’s time for the Chicago Cubs to take their turn. Today, Joe Maddon and his boys will welcome in the San Francisco Giants as they begin the NLDS at Wrigley Field.
And before we continue, let’s take a look at the featured image of this article. Doesn’t Wrigley Field look beautiful with the NLDS logos painted down the first and third-base lines? Pretty exciting to see, isn’t it?
Last year, the Chicago Cubs started off their postseason run on the road. It began in Pittsburgh during the one-game N.L. Wild Card showdown and trickled over to St. Louis. A city in which they spent the first two days, only to clinch in the Windy City.
This time around, it is the Giants who had to battle it out for a spot in the NLDS. Like the Cubs, they were able to get the best of their opponent, keeping their season alive.
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At one point in the season, both the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants held the best records in the league. That was until the Giants stumbled out of the gate to begin the second half while the Cubs found their footing.
A miserable start to July scared Cubs fans across the count. However, it would not come back to haunt them as they managed to lock up the National League Central from the Cardinals. Their first division title since the 2008 campaign. Meanwhile, experts from around the world began putting in their World Series locks. Of course, the Cubs were a top choice.
While the Chicago Cubs possess one of the best teams in franchise history, people continue to bring up the “curse”. Growing up as a Cubs fan, this is all we heard from other fans and it’s getting pretty old.
The infamous Curse of the Billy Goat. Yeah, let’s go ahead and kill that nonsense right now and focus on watching our team prove they deserve a championship. In fact, let’s put an end to this “curse” talk, shall we?
Well, this specific Cubs team could be the one who silences those who continue to bring up this ridiculous superstition. Not to mention, the entire Bartman Incident. Bartman was offered tickets and travel expenses to attend last season’s N.L. Wild Card showdown. He respectfully declined.
In all honesty, Steve never deserved to be treated so poorly in 2003. Besides, the Cubs made some mistakes of their own which played a huge part in their loss to Florida.
Now, today marks a new journey. A team full of veterans who have World Series experience, especially their manager. And a handful of young, talented men who got a small taste of what October baseball is all about.