I couldn't believe the news as I drove into work this morning. I had watched the Yankee game, much to my dismay. But the real shocker came as I listened to sports radio during my commute, and learned that the Cubs had lost.
I had really high hopes for that team as early as late August. I'd been listening to the radio, and hearing how the division races were going. For a little while it looked like Houston would win the NL central, but I kept up hope for the Cubs. Lo and behold, they managed to win their division. And when they advanced past the Braves in the Division series, I was really happy about it. The Braves have dominated the postseason for some 12 years, and it seemed like time for a new team to play through October.
I thought game 6 would clinch it for the Cubbies. They were going back home to Wrigley with the support of not only a city, but seemingly the entire country cheering them along. All this with one of the best young pitchers in baseball, Mark Prior, taking the mound. But, it wasn't meant to be. the Marlins are a solid, hustle-minded young team with some good veteran leadership. I hope people can give them their due.
I don't know the gory details of game 7, and I'll leave it at that. I know Kerry Wood was on the mound for Chicago, and he's been solid for them. But this turn of events can definitely make you think that there just might be something strange about how it all worked out.