Chicago Cubs have given us plenty to be thankful for on Thanksgiving
By Jake Misener
Chicago Cubs somehow take down the Nationals
It wasn’t pretty.
It wasn’t what you would call ‘good’ baseball, either. But, when the dust settled at Nationals Park after Game 5, the Cubs came out on top by a narrow 9-8 margin. The storylines were plentiful. The Cubs’ pen was a dumpster fire. Wade Davis was the make-or-break. Dusty Baker’s teams had now lost 10-straight elimination games in the posteason. Oh, and yet again, the Washington Nationals failed to advance past the first round.
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But I want you to consider something. The last postseason series we all watched was the 2016 World Series. I don’t mean to sound biased, but it’s the ultimate measuring stick. There’s no way anything we ever watch could ever compare – even in the slightest.
Chicago overcame the errors. They overcame the walks and the shoddy relief appearances day-in and day-out. It became a complete team effort. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo both scuffled in big ways and everyone just kept picking them up and the team ground it out into a series win.
Series like this one between Washington and Chicago are the ones that make you appreciate when everything is going well. Because, despite the series win, the Cubs didn’t look the part in the NLDS. They simply willed themselves into the next round.