As we enter the depths of winder, there will still be transactions to discuss, analyze, and forecast, but we’re a long way still from actual baseball being played.
I started thinking about the Cubs’ playoff run, then – as we all have, repeatedly, over the past month – and I lingered this morning on Game 4 of the NLDS, where the Cubs dropped a stunning 9th inning comeback on the Giants in San Francisco to close out the series.
I can’t say it’s easy to forget that it happened, because it was incredible. But, given all that came after it, the memory of this particular comeback (and how extremely unlikely it was) fades into the background a bit. I don’t want to let it. Seriously – remember how extremely unlikely it was:
This is a thing of freaking beauty. pic.twitter.com/i7CAsO1APV
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) October 12, 2016
What that chart reminds us is that, entering into the 9th inning, the Cubs were down 5-2, facing a return trip to Wrigley Field in a decisive Game 5 that would pit them against Johnny Cueto, who’d just shut them down a few games earlier. Things didn’t look so good.
And then something incredible happened. The Cubs started coming back, and they just kept coming:
The Cubs tallied four runs to take the lead, and then Aroldis Chapman closed it out for the win:
What came next was history, but if the Cubs don’t win that game with a ridiculous comeback, maybe they don’t win that series at all.