After last night’s 3-2 victory in Game 5 of the World Series, I want to take a moment to step back from the rollercoaster this series has been to appreciate for just a moment exactly how incredible last night was.
While there’s plenty to talk about regarding tomorrow’s matchup in Game 6 – which, on paper, is a game that would seem to favor the Cubs – let’s set that aside for a moment, because Sunday night’s game was one worth savoring.
Game 5 was a lot of things. It was:
- The most important Cubs game of my lifetime – and, likely, the lifetime of probably 95+ percent of Cubs fans alive today.
- The final game of 2016 at Wrigley Field, which was the 100th season the Cubs played at Wrigley Field.
- The final home game and – almost certainly – the final start of David Ross’s career.
- The latest (by date) the Cubs have ever played in a season.
- Among the most exciting (and terrifying) games I have ever watched…
… and it was a World Series game that the Cubs won. That, in and of itself, is incredible.
If I would’ve told you on April 1 of this year that on Oct. 30, the Cubs would play their final game of the season at Wrigley Field, a World Series game that the Cubs would win, I don’t think there’s a soul among us who would’ve been anything but thrilled by that.
And more than that, last night’s 3-2 victory capped off what was an incredible playoff run at the Friendly Confines. A playoff run that included moments like Javier Baez’s solo home run that capped a 1-0 victory in Game 1 of the NLDS, Miguel Montero’s pinch-hit grand slam to secure victory in Game 1 of the NLCS, a Kyle Hendricks gem that clinched a World Series berth, and the ensuing celebration after the Cubs closed out the Dodgers in six games to advance to their first World Series in 71 years.
I was in Wrigleyville that night and got the chance to experience the unbridled joy of literally thousands of Cubs fans who crowded the streets during and after the victory.
So sure, I’d have obviously preferred if the final game of the Cubs’ season at Wrigley was a victory that put the Cubs up 3-2 (or won the series 4-1), but even if I’d have told you in that theoretical April 1 conversation that the Cubs’ Oct. 30 victory brought them within two must-win games of a World Series title, I bet you’d have been hard pressed to be too angry about that.
In the vacuum of a World Series, it’s easy to get bogged down, to get overwhelmed, by the moment. And I know damn well that once the first pitch crosses the plate tomorrow in Cleveland, I’ll likely forget everything I just wrote as well. But for now, let’s just take a moment to appreciate what we saw last night.
It was something that a lot of great Cubs fans have lived and died without seeing.
So regardless of what happens tomorrow, and regardless of what happens in Game 7, if the Cubs get there, don’t forget what this team has done to this point. Because no matter what happens the rest of this week, this has easily been the best Cubs season I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing, and it’s been a year chock full of moments I won’t soon forget.
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