3 critical members of the 2003 Cubs you probably forgot about

There was a lot more to this team than Sammy Sosa, Kerry Wood and Mark Prior.
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This week marks the 20th anniversary of the infamous 2003 NLCS, marred for Cubs fans by memories of an ill-fated foul ball and an error by Alex Gonzalez that led to the team's complete unraveling in Game 6.

Looking back at that season now is a lot easier with the 2016 World Series championship in tow. But there's a lot more to talk about than Steve Bartman, Moises Alou and the Cubs' two-headed monster of Kerry Wood and Mark Prior atop the rotation. Here are 3 guys who played key roles for that team who deserve a little more appreciation after all these years.

3 critical members of the 2003 Cubs you probably forgot about - #3: Kenny Lofton

Kenny Lofton, known for his time with the Cleveland Indians in the 1990s, came to the Cubs at the trade deadline in 2003, giving Dusty Baker a table-setter atop the order for the stretch run. The speedy outfielder was everything the team hoped for, hitting 13 doubles, swiping a dozen bags and batting .327 in 56 games.

He brought that same reliability to the postseason, especially in the NLCS against the Marlins, when he slashed hit .323 with a .382 on-base percentage in the seven-game series. The fact he had played for Baker the prior year with the Giants, advancing to the World Series before falling to the Angels, surely helped - as the bright lights of the postseason seemed to have little effect on the veteran.