Sigh. I have to admit it hurts.

In 1969 I was the beneficiary of probably the greatest choke in Baseball history when my Metropolitans soared from a 9 1/2 game deficit on August 19th to an 8 game Division lead. To be fair we went 23 – 7 while the Cubs tanked 7 – 18 (the Cardinals were a game ahead of us and we beat them too). The reason they call it a “miracle” is that we were a new team (7 years) and were already famously hapless (“Can * anyone* here play this game?”).

However, as a Metropolitans fan you learn early that most years your team are lovable losers (unless they’re the Cardinals) and so you savor the summers they don’t actively suck. Frankly it’s gotten so I no longer slavishly sit season after season, rooting on each pitch. I wait until the day after and if it’s a win I’ll watch *Fast Forward* where they skip the Innings nothing happens (it’s not like you miss any of the ‘witty’ banter from the announcers unfortunately).

It is reliably reported that the most common exchange between true Cubs stalwarts is “You know, they’ll break your heart,” and it’s offered with a good deal more sympathy and sincerity than you ever heard from Red Sox fans who are consumed with so much Yankee hatred they’re hard to be around (Yankees fans hate the Metropolitans with the same fervor and treat the Sox with silent disdain).

It would have been nice to see them end a 108 year drought and now that they’re safely in the Central Division I personally don’t hate them any more than I do most average Senior League teams. It was with regret I put away my Metropolitans Cap this season, but also with understanding that it was a wacky fluke of luck that they even made the Playoffs given the number of injuries to key players.

Wait until next year.

There is a tad more emotion involved in parting with the Cubs who by every measure except World Series performance are the best team in Baseball this year. Wait until next year rings kind of hollow because this is a club built for * today*, not an institutional juggernaught.

Oh well. I’ve waited for the Cubs almost my entire life (they * did* win in 1908 when I was in my teens) and this is merely incentive to live a little longer. It would be nice if they’d extend the season a bit but I don’t expect it.

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Vent Hole

Ti’s a brisk 51³ F in Chicago tonigh with a breeze from the NE at 2 mph gusting to 6. No chance of rain

Let’s go Cubs!

Nothing like an off key National Anthemn to start off the game

Top of the 1st: Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

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First Pitch Strike

Rajai Davis struck out

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K. Good Omen.

Jason Kipnis struck out. 2 outs

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Another K. 2 Out

Francisco Lindor struck ou to retire the side.

No score

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K. Bottom 1st

Bottom of the 1st: Trevor Bauer pitching for Cleveland

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First Pitch Ball

Dexter Fowler struck out

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KO. 1 Gone

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KO. 2 Gone

Kris Bryant struck out

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Top 2nd

Anthony Rizzo flies out to left field to end the inning

No score

Top of the 2nd: Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

Mike Napoli pop out to 2nd baseman

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Pop Out 1

Carlos Santana out on a foul ball. 2 outs

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2 Man Foul Out. 2

Jose Ramirez solo home run

Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

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Solo Shot. Indians 1 – 0. Shit.

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Bottom 2nd

Brandon Guyer grounded out to retire the side

Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

Bottom of the 2nd:Trevor Bauer pitchng for Cleveland

Ben Zobrist flies out to right

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Pop. 1

Addison Russel singles on a ground ball

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Hey a Single!

Jason Heyward struck out. 2 outs

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Looking. 2

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Top 3rd

Javier Baez struck out to end the 2nd inning

Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

Top of the 3rd: Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

Roberto Perez pops out

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Foul Pop. 1

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Acrobatic Foul Out. 2

Trevor Bauer fouled fly to right. 2 outs

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Bottom 3rd

Davis lined out to retire the side

Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

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Out at 1st

Bottom of the 3rd: Trevor Bauer pitching for Cleveland

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KO for 2

David Ross grounds out

Jon Lester struck out. 2 out

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Top 4th

Fowler flies out to right to end the 3rd inning.

Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

Top of the 4th inning: Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

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Bunt Out

Kipnis grounded out on a bunt

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Fly Out

Lindor flies out to left field

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Bottom 4th

Napoli ouit on a pop foul to retire the side.

Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

Bottom of the 4th: Trevor Bauer pitching for Cleveland

Bryant lead off home run to tie the game

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Hey! Leadoff Solo. Tied at 1!

Rizzo doubles.

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A rally! Double!

Zobrist singles; Rizzo to 3rd. No Outs

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Single. Corners.

Russell RBi single. No Outs Zobrist to 2nd; Rizzo scored

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RBI Single.1st and 2nd. No Outs.

Cubs 2 – Cleveland 1

Heywward struck out

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KO

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Bunt Single. Loaded.

Baez singles. Bases loaded. 1 out

Ross sac fly. Zobrist scores 2 out

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RBI Sacrifice. Cubs 3 – 1. Runners on 1st and 2nd.

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 1

This is more like it.

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KO. Top 5th

Lester struck out to end the inning

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 1

Top of the 5th: Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

Santana lead off double

Ramirez out at 1st: Santana to 3rd

Guyer struck out

Phew!

Perez grounded out to retire side.

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 1

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Bottom 5th

Bottom of the 5th: Mike Clevinger now pitching for Cleveland

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Fly to Left

Fowler flied out to left

Bryant walked

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A Walk

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Line Out. 2

Rizzo lined out to center. 2 outs

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Steal and an Error. Runner at 3rd

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Walk. Corners

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Top 6th

Bryant stole 2nd. On a throwing error advances to 3rd. Zobrist walked

Russell lined out to end the 5th inning.

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 1

Top of the 6th Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

Coco Crisp, hitting for Clevinger, grounds out

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1 Out

Davis singles on a ground ball to left field

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Base Hit

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Steal

Davis steals 2nd

Kipnis struck out. 2 outs

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And a K. 2 Down

Lindor RBI Single

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 2

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RBI Single. Indians 3 – 2. 1 On 2 Out

Lindor out trying to steal 2nd to retire the side

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 2

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Pitch Out. Bottom 6th

Bottom of the 6th: Bryan Shaw now pitching for Cleveland

Heyward struck out

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Leadoff KO

Baez grounds out. 2 out

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KO. 2

Miguel Montero, hitting for David Ross, struck out to end the 6th inning

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 2

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KO. Top 7th

Top of the 7th: Carl Edwards pitching for Jon Lester

Napoli with a lead off single

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Ugh. Leadoff Single

Napoli advances on a wild pitch

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Passed Ball. Runner at 2nd

Santana out on a fly ball to left.

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Fly. 1 Down

Cubs pitching change: Aroldis Chapman in for Edwards

Ramirez struck oput

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K. 2 Out

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HBP. 2 On 2 Out

Gruyer hit by a pitch

Perez ground s out to end retire the side.

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 2

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Bottom 7th

Bottom of the 7th: Byan Shaw pitching for Cleveland

Time for some insurance.

Contreras grounds out

Cleveland pitching change: Cody Allen in for Bryan Shaw

Fowler hit by a pitch

Fowler steals 2nd

Bryant struck out

Rizzo intentional walk

Zobrist flied out to left field to end the inning.

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 2

Top of the 8th: Aroldis Cahpman pitching for the Cubs

Yan Gomes struck out

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Top 8th

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KO. 3 Outs for Chapman

Davis singles with a ground ball

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1 On 1 Out

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Stolen Base

Davis steals 2nd again

Kipnis flies out to left field

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Foul Out for 2

Davis steals 3rd

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Another Steal. Runner on 3rd

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Bottom 8th

Out of another jam

Lindor struck out to retire the side.

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 2

Bottom of the 8th: Cody Allen pitching for Cleveland

Russell struck out

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KO to start

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Single to Center

Heyward single with one out

Heyward steals 2nd

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Steals 2nd

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KO.

Baez struck out. 2 outs

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Steals 3rd

Heyward steals 3rd

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Chapman KO. Needs 3. Top 9th

Chapman struck out to end the 8th inning

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 0

Top of the 9th: Aroldis Chalma pitching fir the Cubs

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1 Down

Napoli ground out.

Santana flies out to right field. 2 outs

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2 Down

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Cubs 3 – 2 Final.

Ramirez struck out to end the game

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 2

Cleveland leads the series 3 – 2.

Cleveland on Tuesday night at 8

Well that was exciting