Chicago Cubs: There are just so many storylines to this matchup
Jon Lester starting game one for the Cubs in Fenway. Chris Sale once again pitching in Chicago. Anthony Rizzo hitting a bomb against the team that drafted him. Theo and Jed going home to Boston as the opposition. In addition, there would be a lot of star power. Kris Bryant and Mookie Betts. Kyle Schwarber and J.D. Martinez. Javier Baez and Xander Bogaerts. David Price and Cole Hamels. This matchup would draw incredible ratings as even casual fans would be sucked into tuning in to see this historical event.
The teams can fight over who gets to have John Lackey throw out the first pitch, seeing as though the three-time champion started (and lost) World Series games for both teams. One team can have Lackey and the other can have Matt Clement, who also started playoff games for both teams. Might we even see a Lee Smith appearance?
Let’s imagine the scenario. Game 7. Wrigley Field. Bottom of the ninth inning. Cubs down by a run. Ben Zobrist on second base with two outs. The Cubs have rallied against Sox closer Matt Barnes, and are a base hit away from tying it up, and a long ball away from winning it all. National League MVP candidate Anthony Rizzo comes up to the plate.
Alex Cora brings out Chris Sale from the bullpen. Sale had dominated Game 6 just a night prior and is coming out to nail down their back-to-back titles. The game’s most lethal left-hander against Rizzo with everything on the line. The count is three balls and two strikes. Sale throws his slider. Rizzo swings. And…let’s be honest. Do you want to know what happens next?
If you don’t want to see these teams battle for the title, it’s time to question if you really love baseball. Let’s hope the baseball gods will this matchup in 2019. There are just too many reasons not to see it finally take place.