It happened. The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series for the first time in 71 years. These are real words that we get to say.
Were it not for the significant layer of importance placed upon it, you might be inclined to call tonight’s game a pretty hum-drum, standard win for the Cubs. They got an incredible performance out of Kyle Hendricks, who was full of them this year, the bats took advantage of what they were given, and the Cubs won comfortably.
But it wasn’t just a standard game. It was an NLCS-clinching game at Wrigley Field against the best starting pitcher in baseball. The Cubs hit Clayton Kershaw from the word go, going after him aggressively as he tried to get ahead in counts. By the time Kenley Jansen came in to finish off the final three innings of the game, the Cubs had already put up five runs, and Kyle Hendricks was not going to let that lead slip away. Aroldis Chapman finished things off, and the rest – quite literally – is history.
I can’t wait to talk more about this win, about this series, and about the importance of what has happened. I feel very privileged to have been there among 40,000 other crazy, yearning, blissful fans. It was a great night, to say the least.