Chicago Cubs: How the perspective has changed?
Imagine it is pre-2015. The Cubs have a World Series drought longer than a century and have seen only six postseason appearances since 1945. In that time only nine postseason wins and only one series win (2003 NLDS). Any sort of October scenario or even winning season is a rarity.
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Things go bad as they did in the ninth, one out away from a victory after Anthony Rizzo had the ball deflected away from him (we all know the comparisons that got) and the Pirates tie it on a shot off Rizzo’s glove. “Same old Cubs!” the fans shout as they throw their hands up.
Then, Albert Almora Jr. walks it off and the place goes crazy. Just knowing they would be playing past game 162 would be cause for champagne flying and celebrations in Wrigleyville, with a chance to win the division. Regardless, more baseball to follow.
Now, fans feel relief but still nerves and discomfort. Yeah they will be at least playing in a Wild Card game but no division has been clinched. After several years of division titles and playoff series victories, celebrating just making it is not enough anymore. A century’s worth of perspective changed in a few short years. Winning that game was huge, but they need to keep it if they want to win the division up because the Brewers face a terrible Tigers team to end their season. It is hard because we do not want to sound ungrateful for this success, but we want the most of every season with this success.