Special Event: 2016 MLB baseball playoffs: World Series
October 25, 2016 4:07 PM - Subscribe

The Chicago Cubs face the Cleveland Indians, in a best-of-seven series to determine the 2016 MLB champ.

This post will be for discussing the actual games. For discussing other aspects (the cities, etc), there's a World Series post on the blue. And if anyone wants to dig in on the name of the Cleveland team there's a thread on that here.
posted by LobsterMitten (926 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
Anyone know a place that delivers oxygen tanks in a hurry? Asking for a friend.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:54 PM on October 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


I disapprove of night games.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 4:55 PM on October 25, 2016 [6 favorites]


This could be a night game in Australia happening at 6 am my time and I'd be energetic and alert.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:59 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


I just noticed the Cavs home opener is tonight so when they have pitching changes and such the Cleveland die hards can watch LeBron et al beat the hell of the Knicks.
posted by bukvich at 4:59 PM on October 25, 2016


Personal to DirtyOldTown: Breathe in, breathe out -- you can do this!
posted by languagehat at 5:11 PM on October 25, 2016


For Theo.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 5:15 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Bases loaded, 2 outs. Yikes. 1-0 Indians
posted by ZeusHumms at 5:28 PM on October 25, 2016


Joe West is giving Cleveland a larger strike zone. A few extra inches outside and low. It's bullshit.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:29 PM on October 25, 2016


1-0. Are you fucking kidding me.
posted by languagehat at 5:30 PM on October 25, 2016


Holy shit. HBP.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:31 PM on October 25, 2016


2-0. Are you FUCKING kidding me.
posted by languagehat at 5:32 PM on October 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


Hitting a batter with the bases loaded is not a genius move.
posted by bukvich at 5:33 PM on October 25, 2016


Lets just get this out and reset
posted by C.A.S. at 5:33 PM on October 25, 2016


HE GOT IT. Ross is like Lester's personal Squire, what's he gonna do next year?
posted by C.A.S. at 5:34 PM on October 25, 2016


I'm confident that wasn't an intentional beanball bukvich.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:34 PM on October 25, 2016


It was unintentionally stupid.
posted by bukvich at 5:35 PM on October 25, 2016


Have you ever thrown a baseball? Missing is seldom a matter of IQ.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:37 PM on October 25, 2016


Ross may have knocked out a tooth or two but he was not gonna let that inning go on any longer.
posted by languagehat at 5:37 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Glad my boys got to meet Zobrist this summer, and the pictures and signed balls. I think he's going to have a good series.
posted by C.A.S. at 5:38 PM on October 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


MAY THE SCHWARBZ BE WITH YOU
posted by C.A.S. at 5:39 PM on October 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


JAVY BAEZ WILL SAVE US.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:41 PM on October 25, 2016


I love baseball in HD. I don't think I had any idea what spin really looked like on a baseball before HD.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:43 PM on October 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


My bad. Joe West is in right field. Larry Hanover is calling balls and strikes.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:45 PM on October 25, 2016


The super slow motion Phantom cameras revealing the knuckleball when Dickey brought it back was amazing
posted by C.A.S. at 5:45 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Kluber has 5 strikeouts in 2 innings. I hope the Cavaliers are ignoring this.
posted by bukvich at 5:49 PM on October 25, 2016


Random observation about commercials... The music in the Chrysler Pacifica spot sounds uncannily like LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy should call a lawyer.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:51 PM on October 25, 2016


Lester makes the 1-3 Little League outs ever so interesting.
posted by C.A.S. at 5:55 PM on October 25, 2016


My FOX reception is so bad I'm listening on the radio again. (Which is not terrible as TV has Joe Buck but radio does not.)
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:56 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Kind of lowers my opinions of Cleveland fans to see how many of their signs are Cubs-sucks themed instead of go-Cleveland. I hope Chicago fans take the high road.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:03 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Joe Buck is still finding ways to talk about Clayton Kershaw. Amazing.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:09 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Eight strikeouts in three innings? Dude. Make a sign for that guy.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:13 PM on October 25, 2016


Kluber absolutely would have had that call. Two totally different strike zones.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:18 PM on October 25, 2016


Yup.
posted by languagehat at 6:21 PM on October 25, 2016


I liked the hi-def slo-mo replay of that fist bump. Good TV.
posted by knuckle tattoos at 6:23 PM on October 25, 2016


I wish there was an alternate feed with no announcers so I could hear more of what the players say to each other.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:24 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


I imagine the players are saying "WTF is up with this strike zone????"
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:29 PM on October 25, 2016


Pretty sure Cleveland's guys would be saying "LOL don't know, don't care."
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:33 PM on October 25, 2016


LET'S GO SLUGGO!
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:34 PM on October 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


SCHWARB!!
posted by languagehat at 6:35 PM on October 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


Right in the middle of Joe Buck saying how impossible it would be for him to get a hit, he doubles.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:36 PM on October 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


Well there goes another opportunity to see the catcher steal second.
posted by bukvich at 6:42 PM on October 25, 2016


Glad I'm listening to WSCR streaming.
posted by ursus_comiter at 6:48 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Jumped to WSCR myself.
posted by ZeusHumms at 6:58 PM on October 25, 2016


I sort of enjoy hating Joe Buck. It's so easy.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:59 PM on October 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


I heard a few innings of I guess the Cleveland team's radio guy while at water aerobics. Than man is no Pat Hughes. At a crowded bar now-- may head home for my proper radio fix soon.
posted by travertina at 7:08 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


At least he didn't walk the leadoff man. Everybody knows that is bad luck.
posted by bukvich at 7:15 PM on October 25, 2016


So, I do wish Ron Santo could have seen the Cubs in the WS, but I'm listening to this game and imagining him doing color and I am so glad he's not doing it anymore. I don't feel good about it, but there it is.
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:16 PM on October 25, 2016


While they are conferencing I checked the final score in the Cavs Knicks and it was 117-88 and James had a triple double with 14 Assists.
posted by bukvich at 7:18 PM on October 25, 2016


After that terrible strike call cubs fans don't get to complain about a generous strikezone holy shit that was bad.
posted by Carillon at 7:21 PM on October 25, 2016


Carl Fredricksen is a Cubs fan!
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:21 PM on October 25, 2016


I do like watching strop though.
posted by Carillon at 7:23 PM on October 25, 2016


Yes, Carillon. That single call negates the ten or twelve insane calls Kluber has gotten. Also wipes out the six or eight pitches Lester threw to identical spots as Kluber was getting strikes in but were balls when Lester hit the same spots.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:28 PM on October 25, 2016


Uh huh. Well it made up for it in cumulative inches at the very least.
posted by Carillon at 7:30 PM on October 25, 2016


Schwarber is the first player in Major League history to get his first hit of the season in the World Series.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:32 PM on October 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


SCHWARBS!
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:34 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Ooooooooooooh!
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:36 PM on October 25, 2016


Wow bailed out by that throw home, can't blame the center fielder though.
posted by Carillon at 7:39 PM on October 25, 2016


Should I be cheered that the Cubs got Miller into a jam or depressed that they couldn't take advantage?
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:44 PM on October 25, 2016


The strategy of loading the bases with nobody out for the 7-8-9 hitters works again.
posted by bukvich at 7:44 PM on October 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


Some of both, ursus.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:47 PM on October 25, 2016


"Strop-py?" Dude.
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:48 PM on October 25, 2016


I don't know who this Skip person is in the ads for the Skip and Shannon Show on Fox Sports. But he is everything I hate about old, rich, conservative know-it-all white men in one package. I have never seen him before in my life and I'd still like to clean his fucking clock.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:53 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


It is possible I am projecting though.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:53 PM on October 25, 2016


Have there been any more of those godawful Trump ads on FS1?
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:56 PM on October 25, 2016


He's pretty terrible! Related to Chicago chef Rick Bayless though of frontera grill who seems quite different in terms of temperament. (They are brothers)
posted by Carillon at 7:57 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yup. There have. A lot of Illinois GOP ads too in our area.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:57 PM on October 25, 2016


Ooooooh. THAT SKIP.
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:58 PM on October 25, 2016


He is horrible and utterly worthless as a sports talker guy. He's the one that Richard Sherman dropped the mic on.

"I'm better AT LIFE than you."

Truth
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:00 PM on October 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


Javy Baez stopping to yank on Lindor's curls is the best.

If you don't love Javy Baez, you don't love baseball.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:01 PM on October 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


This is the point where LeBron is disciplining everybody in the locker room telling them 5 is too big a number to start counting outs left.
posted by bukvich at 8:05 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Rizzo is WORKING IT
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:09 PM on October 25, 2016


Schwarber is the tying run and Miller has only thrown 24 strikes in 43 pitches.
posted by bukvich at 8:13 PM on October 25, 2016


On the other hand.... he remains Andrew Freakin' Miller.

Cleveland has won the last 16 games in which he has appeared.
posted by rokusan at 8:14 PM on October 25, 2016


If this keeps up, this is going to be a hella series.
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:14 PM on October 25, 2016


Tomlin and Bauer have their work cut out for them following up Kluber.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:15 PM on October 25, 2016


This streaming break for WSCR brought to you by In Living Color's The Cult of Personality.
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:29 PM on October 25, 2016


I really want to see Perez steal a base but I don't think it can happen for a few days.
posted by bukvich at 8:31 PM on October 25, 2016


Say good night, Gracie.
posted by jenkinsEar at 8:32 PM on October 25, 2016


That went to the moon.
posted by Carillon at 8:32 PM on October 25, 2016


Certainly not tonight.
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:33 PM on October 25, 2016


LeBron just told his crew they only need three more outs and everybody is now chill.
posted by bukvich at 8:36 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


It's only the bottom of the 8th.
posted by rhizome at 8:36 PM on October 25, 2016


Here's to Cleveland and a game well played.

I have a feeling game two is going to be a very different story. Bring it on!
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:52 PM on October 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


OK, well if the Cubs want to latch onto some of that underdog appeal that I was bemoaning an absence of, this sort of start might... help?
posted by rokusan at 8:56 PM on October 25, 2016


In 1989, MAD Magazine had a feature with "headlines you can bet we'll never see". You can guess what the one sports headline was (but then, it only took 27 years).
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:01 PM on October 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


Well, after studiously NOT watching any post-season games up to now or even letting myself think about them much so as to avoid jinxing the Cubbies, I caved and had the game on tonight and MADE THEM LOSE. Aaaargh. So I shall return to studious non-watching and ignoring.
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:03 PM on October 25, 2016


The Cubs ought to be able to cut the strikeouts way down with no Kluber.
posted by bukvich at 9:07 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Game 2 starts one hour earlier because of concerns over weather.
posted by ZeusHumms at 10:54 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


pssst...the strike zone was fine.
posted by enjoymoreradio at 4:19 AM on October 26, 2016 [3 favorites]


Tonight's matchup:

The Cubs send the 2015 Cy Young Award winner, Jake Arrieta. The Cleveland team sends a guy whose finger tore open after facing two batters his last time out, covering the mound in blood.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:31 AM on October 26, 2016


Pedantic, I admit, but it was 4 batters in two-thirds of an inning. I'll show myself out now.
posted by enjoymoreradio at 11:18 AM on October 26, 2016


The strikezone is almost always fine, it's just an easy thing for fans to pick on when emotions are running high and you're certain they're out to get you.

My favorite is the check-swing. Everyone in the stadium, in particular, is just certain those calls are always wrong, as if they can even remotely tell from their seat.

(Spoiler: he swung. He always swung.)
posted by rokusan at 11:30 AM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Regarding the strike zone technology, is it ever used to show the reverse case: strikes that were called as balls?
posted by rhizome at 12:09 PM on October 26, 2016


On ESPN, as well as many of the various local broadcasts (including, I believe, all of the many Comcast Sports ones), they show the pitch tracker on virtually every pitch. Why this is beyond the capability of the national postseason broadcast, I do not know, but my conspiracy theory is that they're wary of showing up the umps in front of the big audience.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:28 PM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Cleveland.com: How many World Series games have been suspended by weather?

Surprisingly, just one, in 2008. Apparently, World Series games can't be shortened.
posted by ZeusHumms at 2:01 PM on October 26, 2016


But my god can they ever be drawn out!
posted by rokusan at 3:35 PM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


OK it's starting.

Now I just have to find the slider controls for Less Buck | More Smoltz.
posted by rokusan at 4:02 PM on October 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


Three analysts on FOX picked the Cubs to win. And the other was Pete Rose. So that all sounds good.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:04 PM on October 26, 2016


What's the over/under on how many pitches Bauer makes tonight? I'll say 60.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:10 PM on October 26, 2016


FIRST BLOOD.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:15 PM on October 26, 2016 [3 favorites]


OK, Joe Buck was being an ass to Cleveland just now, talking about Chisenhall as a converted 3B struggling to learn the OF. Chisenhall is fantastic out there. Shut up, Joe.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:18 PM on October 26, 2016 [3 favorites]


Settle down, Arrieta!
posted by languagehat at 4:37 PM on October 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


I am impressed Bauer's finger is holding together.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:08 PM on October 26, 2016




Zobrist is 4 for 6 in the Series!
posted by languagehat at 5:12 PM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Was that the first fastball he threw in the strike zone this inning?
posted by bukvich at 5:12 PM on October 26, 2016


SCHWARB!!!
posted by languagehat at 5:14 PM on October 26, 2016


No one thinks bringing Schwarber to Cleveland was crazy anymore.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:14 PM on October 26, 2016


Arrieta has looked off in places but he still has 5K and zero hits in 3 IP.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:27 PM on October 26, 2016


Yeah and there is little chance Bauer makes it 3 times through the order.
posted by bukvich at 5:31 PM on October 26, 2016


Sort-of tempted to change my baby's name to Arietta Javi ...
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:32 PM on October 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


IT IS BAD LUCK TO WALK THE LEADOFF MAN
posted by bukvich at 5:33 PM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Shit, DP.
posted by languagehat at 5:37 PM on October 26, 2016


He didn't make it 3 times through one single batter.
posted by bukvich at 5:42 PM on October 26, 2016


Arrieta Javi would be a fine name.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:46 PM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


I respect that managers are creative with bullpens now, but I sort of hope Arrieta goes eight and wins, as a sort of FUCK YOU to this whole 3 IP here, 2 IP there business that's been so big this offseason.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:50 PM on October 26, 2016


You and me both.
posted by languagehat at 5:54 PM on October 26, 2016


Arrieta is cruising. He has given up zero base hits.
posted by bukvich at 5:56 PM on October 26, 2016


Also, could they maybe refrain from talking football during the fucking World Series?
posted by languagehat at 6:00 PM on October 26, 2016 [3 favorites]


I like Rizzo's really-making-himself-at-home batting stance.
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:04 PM on October 26, 2016


Oh yeah, baby! RBI triple!
posted by languagehat at 6:04 PM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Am slightly less worried about Cubs now.
posted by ZeusHumms at 6:06 PM on October 26, 2016


Isn't that massive balloon release commercial maybe a little insensitive since Cleveland actually did that, it was disastrous and a couple of people were killed?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:07 PM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


I like that Cleveland pitch count. Especially that 10 pitch walk for Rizzo.
posted by ursus_comiter at 6:10 PM on October 26, 2016


WALKED IN A RUN!
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:18 PM on October 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


Aye aye aye aye aye aye aye
posted by bukvich at 6:18 PM on October 26, 2016


70 pitches for every Cleveland arm!
posted by ursus_comiter at 6:19 PM on October 26, 2016


Schwarber kind of looks like my (adorable) toddler nephews magicked up to adulthood; it's a little eerie.
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:20 PM on October 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


Your nephews look like Sluggo from the Nancy comics? ;)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:23 PM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Babies don't like it when they're nursing and you shout, "YES! YES!" at the television. Just FYI.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:24 PM on October 26, 2016 [3 favorites]


SHHHH. Don't cry, Arrieta Javi.

No hits allowed through five.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:29 PM on October 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


So, now I finally understand this. It is prophecy. This is Schwarbs addressing the Cleveland baseball team.
posted by ursus_comiter at 6:29 PM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Thanks for that, ursus. That is fantastic.

Jim Woodring is awesome. He did an album cover for a buddy of mine's band. Good guy. Tremendous artist.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:32 PM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


I know they sorta addressed it but I auto tune out 90% of what Joe Buck says so what's the plan with schwarber in Chicago?
posted by Carillon at 6:37 PM on October 26, 2016


Originally, it was to use him as a pinch hitter in key situations. Now that he looks this healthy and is the hottest hitter on the team... who knows? Schwarber in LF, Zobrist in RF maybe.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:38 PM on October 26, 2016


He is not medically cleared to play in the field.
posted by ursus_comiter at 6:39 PM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


He did in the AFL, though didn't he?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:41 PM on October 26, 2016


I didn't see whether he did or not, but I did dig up a source to confirm my memory: https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161022/sports/161029540/

Schwarber visited his surgeon, Dr. Daniel Cooper, in Dallas this past Monday and got extraordinarily good news. Cooper cleared Schwarber for hitting and running, but no fielding.
posted by ursus_comiter at 6:46 PM on October 26, 2016


The Cleveland announcers (I flip around) just said the words "no hitter" four times in the same minute.

Is this a deliberate jinx?

[Edit: apparently so.]
posted by rokusan at 6:47 PM on October 26, 2016


Well, it fucking worked.
posted by ursus_comiter at 6:49 PM on October 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm starting to think Joe Buck isn't anti-Cubs, he just has a raging boner for ace pitching. He'll root for whichever team has the more dominant pitcher.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:49 PM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


I thought it was hair plugs
posted by Carillon at 6:50 PM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Jake is in one of those misses-most-of-the-time ruts. If he doesn't get Lindor, they'll pull him.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:51 PM on October 26, 2016


I'll say this for the Fox team... Smoltz's summary of Arrieta is dead-on. He says he has power stuff with wicked movement but his control leaves him for spells. Last year, it would be for 4-6 pitches in a row. In 2016, he has the exact same stuff, but he sometimes misses his spots on ten or twelve in a row.

Eh well, here comes Montgomery.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:57 PM on October 26, 2016


Joe Maddon and his coffee (?) are my everything.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:07 PM on October 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Bases loaded for Bryant!
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:08 PM on October 26, 2016


Smoltz is one of the best analysts in the game, and has been since the minute he first tried the job. It's amazing how often he's not only correct, but correct in a way you just never hear from the typical cliche machines who usually fill the seat.
posted by rokusan at 7:30 PM on October 26, 2016 [3 favorites]


That's proper care for a number 9 hitter who su-mashed 2 homers yesterday. Now is the top order and if they rally with two outs God wants Cleveland to win.
posted by bukvich at 7:30 PM on October 26, 2016


Obviously it was a cunning plan to wild pitch and open up first base to pitch around the number 9 hitter.
posted by bukvich at 7:32 PM on October 26, 2016


I just want the rest of the game to go quickly, so it can get in the books before the rain comes.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:39 PM on October 26, 2016


...a number 9 hitter who su-mashed 2 homers yesterday.

Is that like hitting a regular homer, but you do it as the root user?
posted by rokusan at 8:09 PM on October 26, 2016 [5 favorites]


YASSSSSSSS
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:12 PM on October 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


Just before the last out Contreras went to the mound to talk with Chapman, only to have Chapman say what was presumably the Spanish equivalent of "Go away, little boy. I got this."
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:14 PM on October 26, 2016


I wish the Fox people would shut up about putting Schwarber in the field.
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:23 PM on October 26, 2016


Yo la tengo, chico tonto.
posted by rokusan at 10:45 PM on October 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


Schwarbs gets clearance to play defense. [FAKE]
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:39 AM on October 27, 2016


ChicagoTribune: $1,250 to watch Cubs play World Series in Wrigleyville bar on TV

The price of ambience. And crowd control.
posted by ZeusHumms at 1:19 PM on October 27, 2016 [1 favorite]




Let's go, Indians! Win it tonight! #rallytogether
posted by BurntHombre at 11:38 AM on October 28, 2016


5 ways Cleveland Indians fans can survive the Joe Buck-Kyle Schwarber love fest

They've been put on a couple of registries, with at least one going towards charities.
posted by ZeusHumms at 12:44 PM on October 28, 2016


After the last game, I sort of revised my opinion of Joe Buck. I initially thought he was anti-Cubs. But in Game 2, he seemed to be pro-Cubs suddenly. The more I reflected on that, the more I came to the conclusion that Joe Buck isn't for or against any particular team. He's obsessed with trying to figure out what hindsight will deem The Big Story of This Year's World Series and he's obsessed with trying to be on the right side of that in advance. So when he think the story is "Corey Kluber, Andre Miller, and What a Few Truly Great Pitchers Can Achieve" he's all over that. And when he thinks the story has shifted to "Kyle Schwarber's Amazing Comeback and the Curse-Breaking Team of Under-25 Year-Old Cubs" he's all over that.

If the Steamers win tonight, he'll be back on the Kluber train tomorrow, trying to make sure history notes him as having predicted what will look to be a Cleveland comeback. If the Cubs win, he'll probably double down on his second choice storyline.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:49 PM on October 28, 2016 [2 favorites]


The average number of home runs for the Cub hitters in tonight's lineup is 20, and that's with Schwarber on the bench. Josh Tomlin gave up 32 home runs this season. The wind at Wrigley, at last report, was blowing straight out at 15-20 mph.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:22 PM on October 28, 2016 [2 favorites]




I really don't want to have to look at Pete Rose, let alone listen to him opine, dammit.
posted by languagehat at 4:45 PM on October 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


Blues Brothers driving around putting up Cubs posters was kinda neat.
posted by ZeusHumms at 5:06 PM on October 28, 2016


I just cannot get over seeing "World Series" on the Wrigley Field grass.
posted by FelliniBlank at 5:09 PM on October 28, 2016 [2 favorites]


Well, that was a lucky hit.
posted by languagehat at 5:11 PM on October 28, 2016


WTF.
posted by languagehat at 5:12 PM on October 28, 2016


Got him. Picked him off.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:14 PM on October 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


Great omen, reminding me of the Lester/Ross picks early in previous games which set a tone
posted by C.A.S. at 5:15 PM on October 28, 2016


Successful challenge, out at first!
posted by languagehat at 5:15 PM on October 28, 2016


Just noticing the crowd vibe, and those seats are going to be very very clean at the end of the game. You could say unused.
posted by C.A.S. at 5:16 PM on October 28, 2016


Conversation I had at the store:

"Well, with this many Cubs fan praying for it, they're sure to win!"
"Um, sir... if prayer had anything to do with it, they wouldn't have waited 108 years."
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:19 PM on October 28, 2016




I ran errands this afternoon and EVERY cashier asked me if I was "ready for tonight." Plus I was one of like six people NOT wearing Cubs gear (it's in the wash!), with Baez being the most popular jersey.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:24 PM on October 28, 2016 [3 favorites]


Are we going to give them a free base in every inning?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:26 PM on October 28, 2016


WTF Cubs?
posted by languagehat at 5:27 PM on October 28, 2016


DP! That's the way!
posted by languagehat at 5:32 PM on October 28, 2016


Smoothly done double play there!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:32 PM on October 28, 2016


The WPA tracker is hypnotic. Cleveland had a 53.8% chance of winning when Ramirez got on, down to 45% after the double play.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:34 PM on October 28, 2016


I can't believe this thing stays a pitchers' duel with that wind blowing out like it is...... come on Cubs
posted by C.A.S. at 5:35 PM on October 28, 2016


Fun fact I learned from Fangraphs: Tomlin is disproportionately likely to throw a cutter on 2-0 and 2-1 counts... even though it's his most vulnerable pitch.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:36 PM on October 28, 2016


aaaaaand we're on. Zobrist's on fire this month.
posted by C.A.S. at 5:36 PM on October 28, 2016


What are those weird thumbguards Baez and Russell are wearing?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:44 PM on October 28, 2016


Ah, here it is.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:47 PM on October 28, 2016


Game well pitched so far.
posted by ZeusHumms at 5:59 PM on October 28, 2016


I enjoy a pitcher's duel, but a Cubs run would be nice.
posted by languagehat at 6:07 PM on October 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


Too much drama...
posted by languagehat at 6:10 PM on October 28, 2016


Tomlin's ERA in 2016 by times through order:

1st time: 3.67
2nd: 4.66
3rd: 5.56
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:19 PM on October 28, 2016


Come on, Zobrist...
posted by languagehat at 6:26 PM on October 28, 2016


Now we get to see if Tomlin has learned how to bunt in the last week.
posted by bukvich at 6:34 PM on October 28, 2016


That was ugly.

In other Cleveland sports news the Cavaliers managed to beat the Raptors 94 to 91.
posted by bukvich at 6:38 PM on October 28, 2016


Hendricks vs. Santana. Nice call out on the radio.
posted by ZeusHumms at 6:40 PM on October 28, 2016


Live Win Expectancy now tilting to Indians.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:42 PM on October 28, 2016


GODDAMMIT HBP
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:46 PM on October 28, 2016


DP, out of the inning.
posted by languagehat at 6:53 PM on October 28, 2016


Be still my heart.
posted by languagehat at 6:53 PM on October 28, 2016


Yeah, but now it's Miller Time.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:01 PM on October 28, 2016


Who woulda thought two soft tossers with the wind blowing out and we have a pitching duel?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:17 PM on October 28, 2016


Well sheeeeeeeeeeit
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:37 PM on October 28, 2016


I would not have guessed that the first run in a Wrigley World Series game since 1945 would be scored by Mini Mart.
posted by gladly at 7:40 PM on October 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


At this point Coco Crisp has the only RBI.
posted by bukvich at 7:42 PM on October 28, 2016


At least Miller is out of the game.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:42 PM on October 28, 2016


Here's your mike back. I got a little spit on it. I hope it's OK.
posted by ZeusHumms at 7:43 PM on October 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


There are few things more insulting than being pinch run for after you hit a triple.
posted by bukvich at 7:51 PM on October 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCKKKKKKKKK
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:54 PM on October 28, 2016


To be fair, had he been running hard, it would have been an inside the park home run.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:55 PM on October 28, 2016 [2 favorites]


I can't get over this pitching duel!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:01 PM on October 28, 2016


THIS IS EXCITING!!!
posted by bukvich at 8:10 PM on October 28, 2016


I AM SO OVER THIS PITCHING DUEL
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:10 PM on October 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


It is a one run game in the 8th inning. This is by far the best game so far.
posted by bukvich at 8:14 PM on October 28, 2016


I am a Cub fan. They're being shut out at home in the first World Series game at Wrigley in 71 years.

This is.... not my favorite.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:17 PM on October 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


They are only down by one run and it's Wrigley. I would be cheering more loudly. They need your body English to hold them in the top of the 9th.
posted by bukvich at 8:19 PM on October 28, 2016


100.4 MPH
posted by bukvich at 8:23 PM on October 28, 2016


That error was some dumb luck
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:37 PM on October 28, 2016


I WANT EXTRA INNINGS
posted by bukvich at 8:37 PM on October 28, 2016


I cannot even cope with this, I am so anxious I'm making the baby anxious.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:39 PM on October 28, 2016


BALLS
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:41 PM on October 28, 2016


This sucks.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:41 PM on October 28, 2016


Fudge. Well played.
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:42 PM on October 28, 2016


I am not naming my baby after you Javi!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:42 PM on October 28, 2016


Yeah that was a good game. Let's have about four more like that one.
posted by bukvich at 8:44 PM on October 28, 2016


Way to go, Indians!!
posted by BurntHombre at 8:45 PM on October 28, 2016


I'm totally gunning for the Cubs in 7.
posted by rhizome at 8:49 PM on October 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


Once again, the highly-talented but way-overamped kid cannot resist the high, out-of-zone fastball with the game on the line.

Don't these players ever watch baseball games? Because that's page five of the playbook.
posted by rokusan at 10:21 PM on October 28, 2016


To be fair, had he been running hard, it would have been an inside the park home run.

That, exactly. Soler dawdled out of box, watched the ball awhile, sauntered to first. Then, finally, started to think about running.

You might think it racist that I was yelling "Jesus Christ, stop being such a Cuban!" but I have seen a lot of games played in Cuba, my friends. A lot of games.
posted by rokusan at 10:25 PM on October 28, 2016


Clear video of Soler holding up in the batter's box way too long.

He must have thought it was foul. I wonder if the wind blew it back fair.
posted by bukvich at 6:44 AM on October 29, 2016


Man what a great game though. I love pitching duels and this was a good one. Was surprised that they pulled Tomlin with that pouch count but looking back they've tended to be aggressive with their bullpen. I was at a bar and got to yell at one of my favorite bartenders when he tried to change it mid 6 to the warriors game.
posted by Carillon at 11:13 AM on October 29, 2016


OK let's get this going Lackey. Fire up. Let's hope Kluber's humanity shows this game.

Julianna Zobrist anthem, Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux (!!!!) first pitch.
posted by C.A.S. at 11:52 AM on October 29, 2016


C'mon Cubs. It's been a rough week. I need this.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:55 PM on October 29, 2016


One up, one down!
posted by languagehat at 5:10 PM on October 29, 2016


The Cavaliers are playing the Magick on the 2nd night back back and they are killing them after 1Q!
posted by bukvich at 5:12 PM on October 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Three up, three down!
posted by languagehat at 5:15 PM on October 29, 2016


(The basketball thread is down the hall to the left.)
posted by languagehat at 5:17 PM on October 29, 2016


Justin Heyward is playing right field.
posted by bukvich at 5:18 PM on October 29, 2016


Jason
posted by bukvich at 5:19 PM on October 29, 2016


Too bad Santana isn't in left again... we could be up 1-0.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:21 PM on October 29, 2016


OH THANK GOD.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:24 PM on October 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Woo! So much for Kluber's invincibility!
posted by languagehat at 5:25 PM on October 29, 2016


I want to see a few more before I let myself start smiling.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:28 PM on October 29, 2016


Score early, score often.
posted by ZeusHumms at 5:32 PM on October 29, 2016


Santana!!
posted by Carillon at 5:35 PM on October 29, 2016


Shit.
posted by languagehat at 5:36 PM on October 29, 2016


After last night the fans deserve a 10-9 contest with both bullpens chainsawed.
posted by bukvich at 5:38 PM on October 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


That's gotta be an error
posted by Carillon at 5:38 PM on October 29, 2016


Is Lackey going to walk the pitcher??
posted by languagehat at 5:44 PM on October 29, 2016


Oh for fuck's sake.
posted by languagehat at 5:47 PM on October 29, 2016


CLE is finding all the holes.
posted by rhizome at 6:04 PM on October 29, 2016


Lackey has already thrown 59 pitches. He threw 8 to the Indians pitcher.
posted by bukvich at 6:05 PM on October 29, 2016


I feel compelled to shop for something called NUVEEN
posted by rhizome at 6:07 PM on October 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


Wow that was a nasty hop
posted by Carillon at 6:40 PM on October 29, 2016


I'm dying.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:44 PM on October 29, 2016


That is one starter gone. It's hard to root against Kluber but I really would like to see 15 or 16 runs go up on the scoreboard tonight.
posted by bukvich at 6:52 PM on October 29, 2016


Please tell me this "I Stand Up For" thing isn't Kaepernick-related.
posted by rhizome at 7:00 PM on October 29, 2016


Ramirez moved the runner a base and deserves half of Chisenhall's sacrifice.
posted by bukvich at 7:08 PM on October 29, 2016


Kluber looked very strong in that inning. And if he makes one mistake next inning they bring in Miller.
posted by bukvich at 7:26 PM on October 29, 2016


Grimm looks grim
posted by Carillon at 7:34 PM on October 29, 2016


OK Cleveland has done their part. Now the Cubs hitters need to hit.
posted by bukvich at 7:39 PM on October 29, 2016




Vince Vaughan is fun
posted by Carillon at 7:47 PM on October 29, 2016


Okay since there has been a shortage of Cubs things to get excited about today, I started to wonder what's with the guy in the pink hat in the $60,000-per-game seats behind the dugout.

The Internet, at least, came through in the clutch:

Google: What's With the Guy in the Pink Hat in Wrigley Field?
posted by rokusan at 8:16 PM on October 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


Please tell me this "I Stand Up For" thing isn't Kaepernick-related.

No, it's a thing baseball started doing a couple years ago to make sure that I can't ever stop thinking about cancer and all the people in my life it has killed, not even for two fucking hours during a baseball game.

There are also PSA-type trailers before movies in the cinema now. Because, again, I am not allowed to get away from it, ever, apparently.

Yeah it's all about me, yeah I know. Sorry. I stop now.
posted by rokusan at 8:24 PM on October 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


Cheer up Chicagoans. Kluber can't pitch again for three days. The Bulls beat the hell out of the Pacers tonight--the starters rested the entire 4th quarter and Rondo still had 13 assists. And the Bears are getting their starting quarterback back for Monday night Vikings game! Fifty American cities would love to trade places with you.

The Cubs are not out of this.
posted by bukvich at 8:28 PM on October 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


I feel compelled to shop for something called NUVEEN

Nuveen
www.nuveen.com
Nuveen is an investment management firm with a really dumb name, specializing in helping financial advisors with affluent and high-net-worth investors, and not a manufacturer of skin-care products and/or intra-uterine devices, as you may have guessed.

(Google result lightly edited.)
posted by rokusan at 8:30 PM on October 29, 2016 [6 favorites]


I has a sad
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:31 PM on October 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


aauugh
posted by mwhybark at 11:55 PM on October 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Well time to belt up for a 3 game season. COME ON REVERSION TO THE MEAN.
posted by C.A.S. at 4:40 AM on October 30, 2016 [2 favorites]


And the Bears are getting their starting quarterback back for Monday night Vikings game!

I haven't followed the Bears that closely in years and my immediate response to this was still "well, they're definitely going to fuck that up."
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 4:53 AM on October 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


> I feel compelled to shop for something called NUVEEN

I started yelling NUVEEN! every time I got excited. The cats didn't like it.
posted by languagehat at 7:35 AM on October 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


On further review it appears Barkley will be starting Monday night. CUTLER IS CLEARED TO PLAY YOU MORONS. The fans want to see some quality panic against that Vikings defense.
posted by bukvich at 10:03 AM on October 30, 2016


Remember a week ago when I said the problem with cheering for the Cubs this year is that the current lineup is more overpowered juggernaut than irascible underdogs, and that it felt kinda icky cheering for what was clearly the best team in baseball?

Yeah. Well. Okay. You win, Cubs brain trust. You're underdogs again and I can hope again, all without feeling faintly ashamed of it.

They're geniuses, clearly.
posted by rokusan at 10:37 AM on October 30, 2016 [3 favorites]


The weather looks good. Soler is still benched. Does anybody think the Cubs cannot get to Bauer? Will Perez steal a base? Philly-Dallas is going to kill their ratings.

Except in Cleveland. Everybody in Cleveland is going to be watching this game.
posted by bukvich at 2:05 PM on October 30, 2016


Quick Dave report at game time (Dave is my lifelong pal and lifelong Cubs fan who was at game three at Wrigley).

I texted him a green room advisory 30 minutes before first pitch. He texted back that he can't watch, and that it's an attempt to avoid further trauma rather than an attempt to avoid a jinx.

Deep breath. We're only three games out. Let's go.
posted by mwhybark at 5:04 PM on October 30, 2016


Lester's lookin' good.
posted by languagehat at 5:23 PM on October 30, 2016


Well any Cubs fans that can't bear to watch just missed seeing Lester start off by striking out the side. What is the over/under on how many Indians bat before they get a hit now? Probably close to 9.
posted by bukvich at 5:24 PM on October 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


there's a possibility he's seated at the dinged-up counter of a cheap Eastern European bar facing away from the television but with a convex mirror in his field of view which shows the television, as he's actively texting me.
posted by mwhybark at 5:32 PM on October 30, 2016


Unfortunately, Bauer's also lookin' good.
posted by languagehat at 5:33 PM on October 30, 2016


Do they score Ross an assist on that put out?
posted by bukvich at 5:36 PM on October 30, 2016


Uh-oh.
posted by languagehat at 5:36 PM on October 30, 2016


Heh. Bauer was a real good sport about that Heyward catch.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:01 PM on October 30, 2016


Apparently the cubs Achilles heel is pitching to pitchers
posted by Carillon at 6:04 PM on October 30, 2016


The only problem here is the window of opportunity seems to be half the line up have 5 innings to get the runs in. Small window, thus the pressing at bats.

COME ON CUBBIES.

gonna miss Ross. Can't wait until he's back working for the team, or at least hanging around. Like Dempster, Lilley, Wood, etc.
posted by C.A.S. at 6:11 PM on October 30, 2016


ROSS RIZZO COMEDY DUO AGAIN
posted by C.A.S. at 6:13 PM on October 30, 2016


WOOO!
posted by languagehat at 6:17 PM on October 30, 2016


Tied up!
posted by languagehat at 6:17 PM on October 30, 2016


:(
posted by Carillon at 6:17 PM on October 30, 2016


HOMER! BRYANT!

Whomp there it is
posted by C.A.S. at 6:17 PM on October 30, 2016


And Rizzo makes it to second!
posted by languagehat at 6:18 PM on October 30, 2016


RIZZO!
posted by C.A.S. at 6:18 PM on October 30, 2016


Time for Cubs to get some little league lessons:

Call for the ball on popups

Run hard on contact.
posted by C.A.S. at 6:19 PM on October 30, 2016 [2 favorites]


Another hit!
posted by languagehat at 6:21 PM on October 30, 2016


Everybody safe, Cubs take the lead!
posted by languagehat at 6:24 PM on October 30, 2016


Best words in the English language...."Everybody's safe"
posted by C.A.S. at 6:24 PM on October 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


If the Cubs fans keep screaming like this they are going to wear themselves out.
posted by bukvich at 6:24 PM on October 30, 2016


Bases loaded! Man, that was a gorgeous bunt.
posted by languagehat at 6:29 PM on October 30, 2016


That bunt was sad
posted by Carillon at 6:29 PM on October 30, 2016


For me
posted by Carillon at 6:29 PM on October 30, 2016


Breaking this thing a bit more open. Great inning
posted by C.A.S. at 6:29 PM on October 30, 2016


If there weren't so much game left, a perfect spot for a PH by Schwarbz
posted by C.A.S. at 6:38 PM on October 30, 2016


These three runs have made me pause the ritual I was doing to call in a giant asteroid strike.

At least temporarily.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:39 PM on October 30, 2016


I feel like Lester's fired up now. Gonna be a ride
posted by C.A.S. at 6:41 PM on October 30, 2016


I may refrain from typing now
posted by C.A.S. at 6:42 PM on October 30, 2016


I feel like there's been a lot of really good sliding this series.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:42 PM on October 30, 2016


MLBtv and Gogo wifi do not play nice, but I'm giving it a shot anyway. The radio works, anyway.
posted by rokusan at 6:43 PM on October 30, 2016


Holy snot rockets, Batman!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:48 PM on October 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


Well that was a bad call
posted by Carillon at 6:50 PM on October 30, 2016


Let's go to the tape..


Twitter Cubs Strike Zone

Yep, bad call
posted by C.A.S. at 6:53 PM on October 30, 2016


Yup
posted by Carillon at 7:07 PM on October 30, 2016


Please Lindor be running.
posted by bukvich at 7:15 PM on October 30, 2016


Inches. Shit
posted by C.A.S. at 7:15 PM on October 30, 2016


HOLY CRAP
posted by bukvich at 7:16 PM on October 30, 2016


The Javier Baez tag is a thing of beauty.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:17 PM on October 30, 2016


Gunned down again. Could watch Baez receive those all day long
posted by C.A.S. at 7:17 PM on October 30, 2016


I cannot recall ever once hearing an infielder praised for his tagging ability. Pity he struck out again.
posted by bukvich at 7:24 PM on October 30, 2016


Going to the bullpen now in the 7th. Not sure how I feel about this.
posted by C.A.S. at 7:27 PM on October 30, 2016


I cannot recall ever once hearing an infielder praised for his tagging ability.

Me either. But did you see the montage of tags of his they played? It's a legit thing. He has a weird gift for catching the ball in the exact way/place to make a hard, no-doubt-about-it tag out.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:33 PM on October 30, 2016


Shiiiiiiiit
posted by C.A.S. at 7:34 PM on October 30, 2016


I cannot recall ever once hearing an infielder praised for his tagging ability.

Someone even wrote a story about it. Key is his natural left-handed ness

Newsday Javier Baez's tagging skills are out of this world
posted by C.A.S. at 7:37 PM on October 30, 2016 [2 favorites]


Seriously... what is the deal with the baserunning mittens?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:39 PM on October 30, 2016


This is very aggressive bullpen management, hope it pays off. Chapman has to be efficient, and Indians stopped from working his pitch count. Gonna be a loooong night for him.
posted by C.A.S. at 7:40 PM on October 30, 2016


Ouch
posted by bukvich at 7:41 PM on October 30, 2016


Side note, crossposted from FB:

Why is there a (R) bug on the Cubs uni chest logos? I watch a *lot* of mlb, admittedly mostly American League, and I don't think I have noted such a ridiculous reiteration of what we all already know on other uniforms, which are surely also (R).

Granted, until, what, I went there, Cuba didn't have to sweat this stuff, so maybe the Cubs are worried about cutting in on licensing or something.

I gotta note that the Cubs / Cuba hilarity applies directly to Indians / Indiana with respect to the Cleveland swash logotype.
posted by mwhybark at 7:42 PM on October 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


That bullshit time called should be booed
posted by C.A.S. at 7:44 PM on October 30, 2016


also


fuuhuuu come on chapman
posted by mwhybark at 7:44 PM on October 30, 2016


Time to breathe and sing.
posted by C.A.S. at 7:45 PM on October 30, 2016


Addendum to Little League Lessons posted above

in addition to

calling fly balls
running out any contact

PITCHER COVERS FIRST BASE
posted by C.A.S. at 8:09 PM on October 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


Wow. Need to remember to breathe again.
posted by C.A.S. at 8:21 PM on October 30, 2016


He is forgiven in our house after striking out Lindor looking.

Nice steal by Heyward though.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:28 PM on October 30, 2016


We're playing small ball. For Everything.
posted by C.A.S. at 8:29 PM on October 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


Can't wait until Javy can see a breaking ball. Next season.
posted by C.A.S. at 8:33 PM on October 30, 2016


Chapman has one hell of a big strike zone.
posted by C.A.S. at 8:34 PM on October 30, 2016


Changing baby's name to Heyward.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:43 PM on October 30, 2016 [3 favorites]


Why is there a new era logo on these hats
posted by Carillon at 8:43 PM on October 30, 2016


............1
posted by C.A.S. at 8:43 PM on October 30, 2016


I AM FUCKING FREAKING OUT!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:44 PM on October 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


What a great baseball game
posted by bukvich at 8:44 PM on October 30, 2016


Ahhh sweet jesus I can go to sleep. Its only 3:45 AM here.

Great game. Way too nerve wracking but good job.
posted by C.A.S. at 8:46 PM on October 30, 2016 [2 favorites]


Thank the gods. Regardless of what happens, next season won't be totally depressing.
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:47 PM on October 30, 2016


STILL ALIVE.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:48 PM on October 30, 2016 [2 favorites]


Might even be time to thrive.
posted by C.A.S. at 8:52 PM on October 30, 2016


But you gotta like their chances
posted by rhizome at 8:59 PM on October 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


Now this is good news. The World Series game 5 outdrew Sunday night football. The football game was close, had very good teams, and went into overtime.
posted by bukvich at 10:11 AM on October 31, 2016 [4 favorites]


mike check......check one check two....this thing on?
posted by C.A.S. at 4:48 PM on November 1, 2016


1-0 Cubs!
posted by languagehat at 5:13 PM on November 1, 2016


well that was fast....BRYANT HR
posted by C.A.S. at 5:14 PM on November 1, 2016


And now Rizzo's on.
posted by languagehat at 5:15 PM on November 1, 2016


And Zobrist gets a hit!
posted by languagehat at 5:16 PM on November 1, 2016


Holy shit! 3-0 Cubs!
posted by languagehat at 5:19 PM on November 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Couldn't be a better start. Let's hope Jake has got his command tonight
posted by C.A.S. at 5:20 PM on November 1, 2016


He's looking good so far.
posted by languagehat at 5:29 PM on November 1, 2016


Nice way to start.
posted by ZeusHumms at 5:29 PM on November 1, 2016


Where's Dirty OT?
posted by languagehat at 5:29 PM on November 1, 2016


Trembling. But happy.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:34 PM on November 1, 2016


I could hardly remember what it felt like to be ahead early.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:41 PM on November 1, 2016


Indians OF needs to learn to call fly balls.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:56 PM on November 1, 2016


Tomlin's curve isn't working and they're hitting him pretty good.
posted by languagehat at 5:59 PM on November 1, 2016


Comrade Doll just noticed Rizzo's hip pumping timing mechanism and is still cracking up.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:00 PM on November 1, 2016


Like that. Bases loaded.
posted by languagehat at 6:00 PM on November 1, 2016


not for long...
posted by jenkinsEar at 6:05 PM on November 1, 2016


(sputters uncontrollably)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:05 PM on November 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


GRAND SLAM 7-0 WOOO!!
posted by languagehat at 6:05 PM on November 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


Holy shit pinch me.
posted by C.A.S. at 6:06 PM on November 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


2016. Election is the worst, but this World Series is the best.
posted by C.A.S. at 6:06 PM on November 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


That was a beautiful thing right there.
posted by percolatrix at 6:09 PM on November 1, 2016


You said it.
posted by languagehat at 6:09 PM on November 1, 2016


I am going to go read a book for awhile and check in around an hour from now to find out if there is a baseball game.
posted by bukvich at 6:12 PM on November 1, 2016


Jesus, Baez. Is he ever going to learn to take a pitch?
posted by languagehat at 6:21 PM on November 1, 2016


He looked great his first at bat.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:22 PM on November 1, 2016


Yeah, but he reverted to form.
posted by languagehat at 6:22 PM on November 1, 2016


Just justified Heyward remaining in position.....
posted by C.A.S. at 6:34 PM on November 1, 2016


Tyler Naquin is the MVP tonight. Well, if you're a Cubs fan.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:40 PM on November 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Salazar's pretty damn good. Imagine if he had been healthy.
posted by C.A.S. at 6:50 PM on November 1, 2016


Jason Kipnis is trying to do this for Cleveland his damn self.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:00 PM on November 1, 2016


Did Contreras go from Darth Vader gear to old school before that last inning?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:03 PM on November 1, 2016


And he's from Glenview North. Post-game interview two games ago put him in a bind on the growing up a Cubs fan thing
posted by C.A.S. at 7:03 PM on November 1, 2016


GlenBROOK North!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:10 PM on November 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


I think if Grindr ever hosts a cruise, they should call the boat the Manship.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:11 PM on November 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


We got the sports bar to put it up on the giantest screen. We might be the only people in here watching it. I am liking this game though.
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:13 PM on November 1, 2016 [3 favorites]




I feel like I've really spent some quality time looking into arietta's gigantic face in super close-up, time for a change.
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:26 PM on November 1, 2016


Arietta's beard is so big because it's full of secrets strikeouts.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:28 PM on November 1, 2016 [5 favorites]


GlenBROOK North!

And I'm from up Willow Road from there. All I will say is that it is 2:34 am for me
posted by C.A.S. at 7:34 PM on November 1, 2016


I'm listening to the game on the radio, because I am foolishly attempting to work during this, but it does make it easier to pace nervously in the kitchen when events require.
posted by percolatrix at 7:45 PM on November 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


Heh, C.A.S. and I have to go play "Who do you know?" over memail, BRB.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:51 PM on November 1, 2016


And why the hell play Chapman now?
posted by ZeusHumms at 7:54 PM on November 1, 2016


Omg wrong call
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:55 PM on November 1, 2016


The play at first? Overturned in review. Thank gawd.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:57 PM on November 1, 2016


And overturned! It's good chapman will get positive reinforcement for covering first.
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:57 PM on November 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


My husband, who is not a baseball fan and is only watching the postseason because I love the Cubs, IS LIKE THE JOE BUCK OF THIS COUCH. It's making me a little crazy but I don't want to discourage his marital Cubs-cheering.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:09 PM on November 1, 2016 [4 favorites]


Ad for children's hospital, where the plot is a bunch of girls are playing Star Wars; what a world we are living in.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:09 PM on November 1, 2016


Eyebrows, stay strong. ✊
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:10 PM on November 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


The closed captioning is periodically rendering "Javier Baez" as "Hobby Or Baez."
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:15 PM on November 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


They don't even need Chapman in the ninth now.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:20 PM on November 1, 2016


I think zobrist is secretly a classics grad student.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:33 PM on November 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Game 7!
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:41 PM on November 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Is it okay to call your doctor for Cubs-in-the-Series-Going-to-Game-7 Xanax? Asking for a friend.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:42 PM on November 1, 2016 [4 favorites]


That was delightful and exhausting. GO CUBS!

and can someone please explain to me why joe buck keeps his fucking job oh my god
posted by rtha at 8:43 PM on November 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


Well. That happened. See you all here tomorrow night!
posted by C.A.S. at 8:45 PM on November 1, 2016


Another advantage of the radio: No Joe.
posted by percolatrix at 8:45 PM on November 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


John Smoltz is predicting extra innings tomorrow.
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:46 PM on November 1, 2016


WOO CUBS! WOO WORLD! WOO SERIES! WOO GAME! WOO SEVEN!

This is going to be the best Game 7 ever.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:51 PM on November 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


Anybody know what Kluber's 2016 postseason earned run average is?
posted by bukvich at 8:56 PM on November 1, 2016


MLB says 0.89, but his regular season was 3.14. That is ... a big difference.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:03 PM on November 1, 2016


ESPN claims to have 3ER in 30 1/3 inning ERA of 0.89.
posted by bukvich at 9:04 PM on November 1, 2016


Five Thirty Eight has it as 54% Cleveland for tomorrow. So basically a coin flip.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:06 PM on November 1, 2016


Hendricks has only allowed 3 ER this postseason too. But his ERA is higher because he had a short outing that time he took a line drive to the stomach.

He was the MLB ERA leader for the year. Should be a great game.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:08 PM on November 1, 2016


Ba ha ha, things are going exactly according to plan!
posted by rhizome at 9:26 PM on November 1, 2016


This is weird, but it just so happens that tomorrow is a national holiday in Japan, and I'll be able to wake up and watch the game live. Nice timing.
posted by Ghidorah at 9:33 PM on November 1, 2016 [6 favorites]


> John Smoltz is predicting extra innings tomorrow.

He better be wrong. I didn't get enough sleep last night; I can't take extra innings. May the Cubs strike early and often!
posted by languagehat at 6:43 AM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


I was driving and I don't remember the exact numbers, but local sports radio in Chicago this morning had a stat that basically said that every time the Cubs faced the same pitcher three times in a short span this year, they kicked the holy crap out of the guy the third time.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:59 AM on November 2, 2016


This is weird, but it just so happens that tomorrow is a national holiday in Japan, and I'll be able to wake up and watch the game live. Nice timing.


Because of the monthly first Wednesday Chicago meetup, I periodically take first Thursday off, both to be able to stay out late, recover the next day, and use up vacation time. I haven't been able to do that the last few months, so I've had it on the schedule that I was DEFINITELY taking tomorrow off for at least a month now. This has worked out very well.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:25 AM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


I think either way, the city of Chicago is basically going to shut down tomorrow.
posted by Etrigan at 8:09 AM on November 2, 2016


the city of Chicago is basically going to shut down tomorrow.

Not a productive week. Today, I've canceled my meetings this morning to watch the clips of Tyler Naquin watching that flyball drop and Addison Russell's grand slam... over and over and over.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:31 AM on November 2, 2016


Bill Murray working the karma points on that probability spread.

Bill Murray gives random fan a seat next to him at Game 6
posted by C.A.S. at 9:31 AM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


How the Cubs informed Bob Newhart's philosophy on life
On why it pays to sign autographs at the ballpark: "I'd be in town doing a standup date. My wife and I would go to Wrigley Field. One day we were there and a bunch of kids, young kids, they wanted me to sign their scorecards. Between innings I'd sign their scorecards.

"So now years later I was appearing on the Johnny Carson show. And next door were dressing rooms for the Richard Pryor show he was doing at NBC. And then there was a sign, 'John Belushi.' So a knock on the door, I open the door, and John Belushi is there. He says, 'I'm John Belushi.' I say, 'Yes, I know who you are, John. I love your work.' And he said, 'Do you remember, years ago, you and your wife went to a Cub ballgame and a bunch of kids ran up and wanted an autograph?' I said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'I was one of those kids.' That was wild."
posted by Etrigan at 10:04 AM on November 2, 2016 [7 favorites]


google tells me Newhart is 87. I added Cubs to the search box and there are pages full!

I'm still rooting for the Indians. Their closer doesn't throw 100 MPH which makes it more sporting.
posted by bukvich at 12:25 PM on November 2, 2016


The only question in my mind is whether Cleveland is going to do the right thing and let the Cubs win.
posted by rhizome at 12:56 PM on November 2, 2016


The only question in my mind is whether Cleveland is going to do the right thing and let the Cubs win.

I'd rather the Cubs lose than get the game handed to them.
posted by ZeusHumms at 12:58 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Their closer doesn't throw 100 MPH which makes it more sporting.

The Cleveland's best reliever is like eleven feet tall and throws side arm with his release point being right under the first baseman's chin. I don't know that he's that much less fantastically impossible to hit.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:22 PM on November 2, 2016


The Home Plate Ump tonight has a small strike zone and does not call low strikes. This will be a replay of last night.

The Cubs better hitters have started laying off the curve balls below the strike zone as was clearly evidenced yesterday. That combined with the fact the Kluber is going on 3 days rest again bodes well for the top of the order. OTOH, even though Hendricks is a groundball pitcher, he pitches to contact rather than throw curves for strikes like Kluber. So I don't think the ump not calling low strikes is going to affect him as much.

I have given up on Baez, Heyward and Contreras. Their swings look really awful and they seem to have really no awareness at the plate. OTOH, the top 6 bats seem to have woken up and all the at bats yesterday were really disciplined.

Although I was not a fan of Maddon calling on Aroldis to start the ninth after the Rizzo HR really put the game out of reach; I don't think it is going to matter. Forget Lackey, who claims he is ready for an inning; the Cubs have Hendricks, Lester (1 inning), Edwards and maybe Montgomery and Wood still available (these are the pitchers that Maddon seems to trust right now) even without Chapman. This should be enough as I expect the game to be a laugher. I am not really confident of this, but I have a feeling this is going to be a replay of the Hendricks-Kershaw game 6 NLCS matchup pitchingwise., with a better Cubs offense.

My prediction, 11-4. Cubs win.
posted by indianbadger1 at 2:18 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


Sounds good to me.

I'll keep hoping there's some truth to the stat local sports radio in Chicago keeps hawking indicating that virtually every time the Cubs faced the same pitcher three times in a short span this year, they kicked the holy crap out of him the third time around.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:20 PM on November 2, 2016


I can understand why Cleveland fans are confident because Kluber is pitching and they figure their ace will shut the Cubs down.

I would only suggest they remember that Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw had similar plans and are watching this game at home.

This game is a coin flip. There are no sure things at all. It's going to be magic and luck.

I can't wait.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:29 PM on November 2, 2016


FOX's tv crew just gave their picks. Since A-Rod and Pete Rose picked Cleveland to win, rooting for the Cubs also now counts as rooting against those two fucking jags.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:44 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


One two three four five six seven eight nine -- it's the nine-inning thriller!

Number one!
The challenge: achieve early traction,
If you reach first base, you've started on the action.

Number two!
If you do, have a friend drive you forward,
A base hit, not gonna make it on to third.

Number three!
Bring another man up to the front,
Swing through three strikes or try to score an infield bunt.
Outs are commonplace, specially for rooks --
Don't worry, you've still got two more looks.

Number four!
If you haven't advanced, that's all right.
Time to get a clean up man on site.
With two men aboard you want a facility
To loft the ball out of the park -- a rare-ish ability.

Five!
Hit the ball where the sun is in the sky,
Make sure the light flashes down in the fielder's eye.

Number six!
Just remember not take the music on the chin
It's probably your own fault for crowding the plate too far in.

Seven!
Music break! Take a breath, raise your voices,
"Home team" or "Cubbies" are your only two choices.

Number eight!
Your last chance to get to home plate
Call up a slugger, see if he can give you something great.

Number nine!
Swing into the zone, aim no higher
Summon all the courage you require
Then count

One two three four five six seven eight nine -- number nine batter -- SAFE!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 4:56 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


I'm already crying!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:04 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Leadoff home run!
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:04 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


That's how you start a ball game!
posted by languagehat at 5:07 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Hendricks is looking good.
posted by languagehat at 5:18 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oh, fuck, Baez.
posted by languagehat at 5:19 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Bat-breakin' weather in Cleveland!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:26 PM on November 2, 2016


Kluber's beard is no match for Arrieta's.
posted by ursus_comiter at 5:27 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


It does seem like the whole Cubs lineup is getting better wood on the ball.
posted by ursus_comiter at 5:27 PM on November 2, 2016


But not their gloves.
posted by languagehat at 5:32 PM on November 2, 2016


What a pickoff!
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:33 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


That was sweet.
posted by rtha at 5:34 PM on November 2, 2016


And the double play!
posted by rtha at 5:34 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Wow!
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:34 PM on November 2, 2016


What a beautiful double play!
posted by languagehat at 5:35 PM on November 2, 2016


There's a line at the taco truck outside the bar. I hope that clears out by the end of this inning.
posted by ursus_comiter at 5:38 PM on November 2, 2016


Dammit, Schwarber.
posted by languagehat at 5:41 PM on November 2, 2016


"Hey man, why aren't you streaming my game?"

"Because the Cubs beat your ass and sent you home weeks ago, Bryce."
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:42 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Grrr why didn't he stop at 1st.
posted by rtha at 5:43 PM on November 2, 2016


Well, shit.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:48 PM on November 2, 2016


Nuts.
posted by percolatrix at 5:48 PM on November 2, 2016


Perez drops a bunt.

I am still hoping for a Perez stolen base.
posted by bukvich at 5:48 PM on November 2, 2016


Fuck. Tie game.
posted by languagehat at 5:48 PM on November 2, 2016


Are you fucking kidding me?!
posted by languagehat at 5:51 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Fucking Baez, man.
posted by languagehat at 5:51 PM on November 2, 2016


ARGH
posted by rtha at 5:51 PM on November 2, 2016


our feed is cutting out! all i have to go on is your curses here.
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:52 PM on November 2, 2016


Baez blew a double play. Everyone safe
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:56 PM on November 2, 2016


Rally dead. Tied after three.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:57 PM on November 2, 2016


Got out of it. Phew!
posted by ursus_comiter at 5:58 PM on November 2, 2016


oh Baez, hang in there. don't get rattled.
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:58 PM on November 2, 2016


Whew -- Napoli hit it right to the third baseman -- out of the inning with no further damage!
posted by languagehat at 5:58 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


I have been sober as a judge the last three games. This one may break me.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:59 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Dammit! Taco truck left.
posted by ursus_comiter at 5:59 PM on November 2, 2016


I might set a personal record for nervous pacing.
posted by percolatrix at 6:00 PM on November 2, 2016


I decided to stay home and watch the game with friends downstairs instead of watching it at my favorite bar cuz I was worried I'd get too drunk at the bar but I don't think staying home is gonna save me...
posted by rtha at 6:01 PM on November 2, 2016


High stakes. Baez's youth as obvious as his talent. Man, this is hard to do over the middle of the night one more time. It was too much to hope the Cubs bats might blow it open after the first.
posted by C.A.S. at 6:06 PM on November 2, 2016


Cleveland ain't buying on a lot of Hendrick's offspeed pitches.
posted by C.A.S. at 6:07 PM on November 2, 2016


SAFE!
posted by rtha at 6:10 PM on November 2, 2016


Man, this game is gonna take at least a year off my life.
posted by languagehat at 6:11 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Yes!!
posted by languagehat at 6:14 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


(makes a bunch of unintelligible noises of joy, sounding basically like a Sim)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:14 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


There goes Klueber's post season ERA.
posted by bukvich at 6:14 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


My facebook feed is almost entirely composed of people going ARGH or GRRR or YAY! And it's gonna be funny to look back next year and wonder what that particular ARGH was attached to.
posted by rtha at 6:17 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


My husband (the baseball n00b) was duly impressed by Bryant's slide.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:18 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Eyebrows, show him Javy stealing home in the NLCS.
posted by ursus_comiter at 6:20 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


I just refilled my scotch glass.
posted by languagehat at 6:26 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Ardbeg, for those keeping score at home.
posted by languagehat at 6:27 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


I think I need a scotch glass.
posted by percolatrix at 6:29 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Islay whiskey is the best whisky
posted by C.A.S. at 6:30 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Wooo! OK, Baez, I'll let you live.
posted by languagehat at 6:31 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


So looks like we're getting Lester.
posted by ursus_comiter at 6:32 PM on November 2, 2016


There was a thing in my newsfeed the other day where LeBron James had a tombstone with "3-1 Lead" inscribed on it at his Halloween party because he was still so boastful about wiping out the Warriors in June and I was thinking uh-oh when I read that.
posted by bukvich at 6:32 PM on November 2, 2016


A co-worker gave me a bottle of Cubs wine. I'm drinking it now. Tastes like delicious Cleveland tears.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:33 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Me too languagehat! Cheers!
posted by ghost phoneme at 6:33 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


and facing Miller. Its clamp down time
posted by C.A.S. at 6:36 PM on November 2, 2016


I thought he was safe at first, but oh well.
posted by languagehat at 6:36 PM on November 2, 2016


This is so much fun, man. I'm a lifelong Royals fan and the past two postseasons have been awesome but agonizing - so much stress when your very own team is on the brink! It's nice to have that level of anxiety removed. (See how I'm trying to convince myself it's cool that KC finished at .500?) But really, both these teams are so likable and evenly matched and the whole series has been a joy to watch.

Rizzo is my favorite person in America right now. Love that little dugout chat with David Ross.
posted by something something at 6:40 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


The women folk in my home are extremely enthusiastic about Rizzo's giving it to an invisible woman batting technique.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:40 PM on November 2, 2016


Oh baby! 5-1!
posted by languagehat at 6:42 PM on November 2, 2016


Changing baby's name to Kris Bryant.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:42 PM on November 2, 2016 [7 favorites]


I do hope I get to see a Kawasaki celebration moment.
posted by GhostintheMachine at 6:44 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


God, I love baseball.
posted by languagehat at 6:44 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Fangraphs Win Expectancy graph has the Cubs as 89% likely to win this game at this point.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:45 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Rizzo to Ross in the dugout..."man, i'm an emotional wreck". Ross back, "Its only going to get worse. wait until you're in the ninth with a 3 run lead."

WHAT ABOUT US?
posted by C.A.S. at 6:49 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


some inconsistency in the balls and strikes being called here.
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:51 PM on November 2, 2016


Cubs pitcher Hendricks went to my college, I just learned! He graduated a million years after me but I still feel justified in yelling GO BIG GREEN!
posted by rtha at 6:51 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Pulling Hendricks here feels dumb.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:52 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


This is bullshit. Why take Hendricks out now?
posted by languagehat at 6:53 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Yeah.
posted by rtha at 6:53 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Hendricks earned more slack there.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:53 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Goddammit
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:57 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Fucking hell.
posted by languagehat at 6:57 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


MOTHERFUCKER
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:59 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


...yeah, that was a mistake.
posted by percolatrix at 6:59 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Just going to say, changing catchers mid-game doesn't seem like a really wise move.
posted by GhostintheMachine at 6:59 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


What in the helling fuck is this bullshit
posted by rtha at 7:00 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


I hope Maddon's happy with his brilliant move.
posted by languagehat at 7:00 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


MOTHERFUCKER MOTHERFUCKER MOTHERFUCKER
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:00 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


I have never seen that before either.
posted by bukvich at 7:00 PM on November 2, 2016


5-3 - getting interesting out there. Which manager will overthink things more?
posted by ZeusHumms at 7:00 PM on November 2, 2016


Well that was unexpected.
posted by obfuscation at 7:00 PM on November 2, 2016


Thank God.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:01 PM on November 2, 2016


Aigh, Ross clocked in the head by deflected ball; runs score, aaagh
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:01 PM on November 2, 2016


Maddon and Lester are gonna have to go live with Bartman if this keeps up.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 7:03 PM on November 2, 2016


The 2-2 missed strike call was a backbreaker, and so unforgivable when these are supposed to be the best umps. He called it a ball because it wasn't where Contreras was set up, but it was all plate and plenty high enough. Maddon should have at least talked to Hendricks to see where his head was at before going to Lester.
posted by tonycpsu at 7:03 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Buck now recounting the deleterious effects of wrong ball/strike calls so far in the game.
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:05 PM on November 2, 2016


FG still says Cub victory 77.9% likely. It was up to 91.9 before Maddon got clever.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:05 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Switching catchers might have been a good idea I guess?
posted by LionIndex at 7:08 PM on November 2, 2016


God bless you, Grandpa.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:08 PM on November 2, 2016


Yes!
posted by metaquarry at 7:08 PM on November 2, 2016


Thanks Ross!
posted by ZeusHumms at 7:08 PM on November 2, 2016


and Ross with the HR! yes, ok, yes.
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:08 PM on November 2, 2016


The radio announcers just said Ross "has a flair for the dramatic." LOL
posted by percolatrix at 7:09 PM on November 2, 2016


Forget the bad ball/strike calls. Hendricks was in Fight Mode after that bad call, and more determined to get the out. Maddon would not have made that decision in other games, that is a 7th game try hard call. Now we get 4 innings of uncertainty.
posted by C.A.S. at 7:09 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Ah, I see my feed is about 5 minutes delayed lol.
posted by C.A.S. at 7:10 PM on November 2, 2016


❤️💛💚💙💜 ROSSY
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:10 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


saying Ross is "the oldest man to homer ever in a World Series game 7," that's surprising.
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:11 PM on November 2, 2016


I like the slo-mo of Fowler (?) yelling "yeah baby!" as Ross came back to the dugout.
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:12 PM on November 2, 2016


Has everyone on each bench already played in the series?
posted by ZeusHumms at 7:12 PM on November 2, 2016


via ESPN: "The Chicago Police Dept has informed bar owners that customers cannot leave the bars for any reason after the 5th inning & re-enter." - Darren Rovell, ESPN Senior Writer
posted by ZeusHumms at 7:13 PM on November 2, 2016


Pretty sure that both my son and the kid he was playing with will someday trace their familiarity with the expletive "MOTHERFUCKER!" to me and the fifth inning of this ballgame.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:14 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


2013 Red Sox in the house (Lester pitching to Napoli caught by Ross)
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:15 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


A tweet from Jonah Keri 20m ago

"jon lester in, david ross in, keith moreland in, shawon dunston in, andre dawson in, frank chance in
posted by C.A.S. at 7:20 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Gave myself such a headache in the 5th clenching my jaw, still waiting for my advil to kick in.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:21 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Just saw the Red Line is not even stopping at Addison any more, so many people down there.
posted by C.A.S. at 7:25 PM on November 2, 2016


C'mon Schwarber...
posted by languagehat at 7:29 PM on November 2, 2016


Dammit.
posted by languagehat at 7:29 PM on November 2, 2016


Bonnie Hunt is sitting with Eddie Vedder. That is just... delightful.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:30 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


I just realized, all you complaining about Buck the announcer are talking about Joe Buck. Here in Canada we get the international broadcast with Buck Martinez, who makes sure to insert a comment about the Blue Jays every second inning. Yeah, we're all Jays fans here, but honestly.

Still preferable to Joe Buck, though.
posted by GhostintheMachine at 7:31 PM on November 2, 2016


A root canal is preferable to Joe Buck.
posted by rtha at 7:33 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Listen, if we get Bonnie Hunt, Eddie Vedder, John Cusack, and Bill Murray as our celebrity fans and they get ...um, Charlie Sheen, then I think its settled.
posted by C.A.S. at 7:36 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


TTTCS!
posted by rtha at 7:43 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


So the home plate umpire is always caressing the catcher?
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:45 PM on November 2, 2016


Lester - GOD DAMN IT why'd you hit the ball to me
posted by C.A.S. at 7:47 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Chicago Scanner dispatch- Totally naked man, 3200 Damen. Standing on the street with his clothes in his hand.

Haven't heard from Dirty Old Town in a little while, have we?
posted by C.A.S. at 7:51 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


They've got LeBron ; Chicago still wins.

2 more innings! I can barely breathe.
posted by Fig at 7:51 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am still breathing. Drank for a while to calm my nerves. Switched to not drinking to slow down my mouth.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:53 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm 4 pints in. It is enough.
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:55 PM on November 2, 2016


Still want tacos tho
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:55 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Gotta suck for Cleveland fans to have the Cubs fans be that loud over and above the home fans. But nothing could be more Cleveland than winning a championship with an epic 3-1 comeback, then turning right around less than 6 months later and losing one. None more Cleveland.
posted by cashman at 8:02 PM on November 2, 2016


Charlie Pierce, Esquire, tweet - "The last time the Cubs won the World Series, God was down in A ball"
posted by C.A.S. at 8:02 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


I made the mistake of being in the same room as my kids' Halloween candy. Chocolate for my nerves, yes?
posted by percolatrix at 8:03 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am really, really not coping well right now.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:05 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


That sugar crash percolatrix....
posted by ghost phoneme at 8:06 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


I know. I'm in for it.
posted by percolatrix at 8:07 PM on November 2, 2016


Chicago's Monthly Meet up at the Billy Goat sends all its love to the thread I forgot to pay attention towards.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:08 PM on November 2, 2016


Oh god
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:10 PM on November 2, 2016


Man I'm glad I'm not super into baseball, I'd be going nuts right now!
posted by rhizome at 8:11 PM on November 2, 2016


It ain't over yet.
posted by bukvich at 8:11 PM on November 2, 2016


Who just said, "That guy can play" -- was it Joe Buck?
posted by wenestvedt at 8:11 PM on November 2, 2016


My wife keeps asking me to make sure I sign my pension over to her before it's too late for me.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:11 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


The last time the Cubs won the World Series, the Republican Party favoured voting rights for African Americans
posted by C.A.S. at 8:11 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


GAH.
posted by percolatrix at 8:12 PM on November 2, 2016


ok
posted by rhizome at 8:13 PM on November 2, 2016


Hooooooooooly shit
posted by tonycpsu at 8:13 PM on November 2, 2016


Oh my god
posted by cashman at 8:13 PM on November 2, 2016


Dammit.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:13 PM on November 2, 2016


Oh my goodness
posted by slmorri at 8:14 PM on November 2, 2016


Hooooly shit
posted by obfuscation at 8:14 PM on November 2, 2016


Send more wine
posted by slmorri at 8:14 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


There';h poaciu sv[doiau s[oviua [doivua sd[iou
posted by C.A.S. at 8:14 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Oh my god.
posted by percolatrix at 8:14 PM on November 2, 2016


The smell of fear sweat in that stadium must be stifling.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:15 PM on November 2, 2016


NOooooooooooooo
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:15 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


This is a great fucking ball game.
posted by bondcliff at 8:15 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


More bourbon now OH GOD WHY
posted by rtha at 8:16 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Down to 47.5% Cubs
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:16 PM on November 2, 2016


Shiiitshitshitfreakout
posted by Fig at 8:16 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


oh my god
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:17 PM on November 2, 2016


The smell of fear sweat in that stadium must be stifling.


It is stifling in this here living room. Fuck.
posted by rtha at 8:17 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


yeah whadda they know
posted by rhizome at 8:17 PM on November 2, 2016


I should have taken tomorrow off because I am gonna be so wrecked whatever happens.
posted by rtha at 8:18 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Who can they put in besides Chapman?
posted by wenestvedt at 8:18 PM on November 2, 2016


Fuck
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:18 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


This all does, I'm afraid, come back to lifting Kyle too early and over reliance on Chapman
posted by C.A.S. at 8:18 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


How did Maddon not have anyone warming up knowing how much Chapman's thrown? He's got like twelve relievers out there.
posted by tonycpsu at 8:18 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


I may actually have to go hide under the bedspread.
posted by percolatrix at 8:19 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


WTF.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:19 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Come in as late as you need to tomorrow, Ursus.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:19 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


okay - what channel is this on??
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:20 PM on November 2, 2016


What just happened?
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:20 PM on November 2, 2016


Fox
posted by rhizome at 8:20 PM on November 2, 2016


Oh geez that shot at Murphy's was so sad :(

1 inning. Miracles have happened before!
posted by Fig at 8:20 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Buck needs to step up his announcing. This is epic, and he isn't doing a good job.
posted by cashman at 8:20 PM on November 2, 2016


From here on out, both teams are just rolling dice
posted by C.A.S. at 8:20 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Okay, I just found the channel - and they're TIED??///
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:21 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


OHMYGOD OHMYGOD OHMYGOD OHMYGOD OHMYGOD OHMYGOD OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:21 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


It's my fault, I paused the game to tuck my daughter in, I'm so sorry.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:21 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


For those of you reading this from the future it's 6-6 at the top of the ninth, after the Indians scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th. I didn't need sleep anyway.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 8:21 PM on November 2, 2016 [8 favorites]


A Trump commercial in San Francisco. Interesting.
posted by rhizome at 8:21 PM on November 2, 2016


The real miracle will be if I can function at work tomorrow once they go into extra innings
posted by Fig at 8:22 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


I think I need to break out the campari.

I just moved to Chicago in September, got sucked in. So n00b, but not sure how much more my heart can handle.

How are y'all still alive at this point?
posted by ghost phoneme at 8:22 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Is it fucking raining?
posted by rhizome at 8:23 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT'S HAPPENING. it's raining now?
posted by Torosaurus at 8:23 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


God is crying
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:23 PM on November 2, 2016 [13 favorites]


It has started to rain?
posted by bukvich at 8:23 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


This is getting way too Shawshank for me.
posted by rhizome at 8:23 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


And now it's raining , hard. Oh my god.
posted by Fig at 8:24 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Alive? LOL. 👻
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:25 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


How bad would it have to get before there would be a rain delay?
posted by cashman at 8:25 PM on November 2, 2016


Workers are apparently frantically prepping both locker rooms and stocking the obligatory champions T-shirts for both sides right now. They had the Cubs room almost ready; now they're rushing to get the home side done, too.
posted by GhostintheMachine at 8:25 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Honestly, why.

But hey, man on! We always keep hoping!
posted by C.A.S. at 8:25 PM on November 2, 2016


> How bad would it have to get before there would be a rain delay

Impossibly bad. I think, off the top of my head, that there aren't any in post-season.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:26 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


I can hear my pulse.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:27 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


Year after year after year...
posted by percolatrix at 8:28 PM on November 2, 2016


stocking the obligatory champions T-shirts for both sides right now.



Don't joke about this. You ever hear Eric Karros's story about having a 2003 Cubs World Series hat, which were put in the locker? He and Kerry Wood held onto theirs.
posted by C.A.S. at 8:28 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


Impossibly bad. I think, off the top of my head, that there aren't any in post-season.

False.
posted by tonycpsu at 8:28 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


I am standing and pacing and drinking and shouting.
posted by rtha at 8:29 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


Cubs in game 7? Of course it's tied up and raining! Could it be otherwise?
posted by wenestvedt at 8:29 PM on November 2, 2016 [11 favorites]


Better than no pulse.
posted by ghost phoneme at 8:29 PM on November 2, 2016


I imagine if the rain were really bad the game would stopped and resumed the next day.
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:29 PM on November 2, 2016


😭
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:30 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: I am standing and pacing and drinking and shouting.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:30 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Wtf is is this life? This is crazy
posted by Carillon at 8:30 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


I am exhausted but I am also kind of afraid to try to sleep.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:31 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


So much chewed keratin littering the stands in Cleveland.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:31 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


No way man this is GREAT
posted by bukvich at 8:31 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Maybe they could delay it until November 8th, just for funsies.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:31 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Take our silde are you serious???
posted by Carillon at 8:32 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


That sound you hear is whole years being shaved off my life. And I'm not even watching the game!
posted by FelliniBlank at 8:32 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


What?
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:34 PM on November 2, 2016


Guys, I seriously have not watched any baseball in the better part of ten years until tonight. Hoo boy.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:34 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


That sound you hear is whole years being shaved off my life.

Game 7, 9th inning, tie game between Cleveland and Chicago. The pit of despair.
posted by cashman at 8:34 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


crap, I have to be up for work in 6 hours.
posted by jenkinsEar at 8:34 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


You and me both. God.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 8:35 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


The correct fan strategy here is to postpone drinking until after the game is over with. This level of emotion doesn't really mix with alcohol.
posted by bukvich at 8:35 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Did a shot of Malory to quiet my stomach.

Going straight Chicago up in here.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:35 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


Rain delay? In the 9th?
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:35 PM on November 2, 2016


It would also be perfect for the Cubs' winning World Series to have its 9th inning be its own event.

That did seem like a late slide, though.
posted by rhizome at 8:36 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


So I guess there not calling things against the cubs base runners this series? Cause otherwise
posted by Carillon at 8:36 PM on November 2, 2016


hold me
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:37 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Does Cleveland have its own Malort-like traditional booze?
posted by rhizome at 8:37 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oh look, I have a brick. I shall use it to scratch my head, at a high velocity.
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:37 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


If only Joe Maddon had listened to me and not put Chapman in last night, maybe we could all be asleep right now.
posted by something something at 8:37 PM on November 2, 2016


Husband left for Wrigleyville a few hours ago, my dogs are all passed out, I'm glad y'all are here in this thread to commiserate (and eventually celebrate!) with.

My wakeytime is also in about 6 hrs.
posted by Fig at 8:37 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Lake water?
posted by wenestvedt at 8:37 PM on November 2, 2016


GIO ‏@RaysFanGio 4 Nov 2014
2016 World Series.

Cubs vs Indians

And then the world will end with the score tied in game seven in extra innings #apocalypse

posted by GhostintheMachine at 8:38 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Can't do it, gotta get some sleep. Good luck and Godspeed, Cubs!
posted by wenestvedt at 8:38 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


Sweet extra base on that steal.
posted by rhizome at 8:39 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Jeez
posted by cashman at 8:39 PM on November 2, 2016


Third!
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:39 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


This isn't like the debate threads where we're supposed to be coherent for future readers right because agsjdkljfgikvjbhrioacmelngifjkljxglcmhmrvkljrvhcgjkmlr
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:39 PM on November 2, 2016 [8 favorites]


Just messaged a friend: time for a serious shot. Except I had a typo and I typed "shit."

Eh well. Also true.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:39 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


I have never in my life cared about the outcome of a baseball game. But darned if I can go to sleep before I know who won the World Series.
posted by Daily Alice at 8:40 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


That was some George Bush level ducking!
posted by obfuscation at 8:40 PM on November 2, 2016


Alright, here we go. This is the moment. 2 outs, runner on 3rd. Top of the 9th.
posted by cashman at 8:41 PM on November 2, 2016


I'm not even a serious baseball fan, and when I do root for a team it's the Red Sox. But I just saw that stolen base and was all HOLY SHIT.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:41 PM on November 2, 2016


Thank god you are all here. I can glance at the live score updates and hang out here, but I can't turn on the game because I'll jinx the fucker, and it's excruciating.
posted by FelliniBlank at 8:41 PM on November 2, 2016


It has been a very long time since I have seen that.
posted by bukvich at 8:41 PM on November 2, 2016


Out! Bottom of the 9th tied. Cleveland this is your chance!
posted by cashman at 8:42 PM on November 2, 2016


Lindor!
posted by bukvich at 8:42 PM on November 2, 2016


Fucking hell.
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:43 PM on November 2, 2016


I am dying.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:44 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


This is some historic shit right here. I am no baseball newbie, and this is probably the most amazing game I've ever seen.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:44 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


This is the greatest game seven in history.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:44 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


I just want to say it's been a pleasure serving with all of you.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:45 PM on November 2, 2016 [13 favorites]


More Chapman, bottom of 9th.
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:45 PM on November 2, 2016


I want this to go to extra innings but I also want to go to sleep, you know? :(
posted by Elementary Penguin at 8:45 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


I consider this practice for next week.
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:45 PM on November 2, 2016 [7 favorites]


Wowee, I cannot believe Chapman is back in there.
posted by something something at 8:46 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Looks like I picked the wrong night to stop sniffing glue.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:46 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


I'm freaking out!
posted by Carillon at 8:46 PM on November 2, 2016


> this is probably the most amazing game I've ever seen

Yes, but, Mariners, so
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:47 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


(writing his will)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:47 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


I have acquired an eyelid twitch.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:47 PM on November 2, 2016 [9 favorites]


It really is incredible. I don't have to like it. It might give me a heart attack. But incredible.
posted by percolatrix at 8:47 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


The kids in this house have now heard the F word maybe fifteen times.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:48 PM on November 2, 2016 [9 favorites]


I need to do something less stressful for a minute. Can someone waterboard me?
posted by FelliniBlank at 8:48 PM on November 2, 2016 [10 favorites]


Fouwowl
posted by rhizome at 8:49 PM on November 2, 2016


Holy shit/
posted by Carillon at 8:49 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Chapman is out of gas and throwing almost all sliders.
posted by bukvich at 8:49 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


A Twitter exchange I just had:

Kumail Nanjiani ‏:
Explanation for my nerds: one side was totally gonna win the battle but then the orcs breached the wall & shit is real up in the air.

Me:
Yeah, but remember who WON at Helm's Deep?....
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:50 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Hands on hats everybody!
posted by rhizome at 8:50 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Another non-fan here but this is AMAZING!
posted by wallabear at 8:51 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


> this is probably the most amazing game I've ever seen

Yes, but, Mariners, so


Oh yeah, there was that perfect game with the boy. He's seven now and sitting in my lap. I just told him to remember this game, it will be talked about for the rest of his life.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:51 PM on November 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


WHEW. On to the 10th.
posted by rhizome at 8:52 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


2016 is NOT messing around.
posted by cashman at 8:52 PM on November 2, 2016 [14 favorites]


Extraaaaa innings
posted by Carillon at 8:52 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Man if I didn't need my personal day for the day before Thanksgiving
posted by Elementary Penguin at 8:53 PM on November 2, 2016


Extras
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:53 PM on November 2, 2016


The last time either team won a World Series, at least one of those games came in well under 2 hours
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:53 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Oh yeah, there was that perfect game with the boy.

You're obviously too modest, so I'll go ahead and link to one of my all-time favorite comments on MetaFilter.
posted by lalex at 8:54 PM on November 2, 2016 [8 favorites]


WHAT
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:55 PM on November 2, 2016


RAIN DELAY?
posted by jenkinsEar at 8:55 PM on November 2, 2016


What. They are rain delaying it now.
posted by Fig at 8:55 PM on November 2, 2016


The fucking tarps? Holy shit.
posted by tonycpsu at 8:55 PM on November 2, 2016


Oh fuck me, rain delay. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh.
posted by FelliniBlank at 8:55 PM on November 2, 2016


Rain delay!
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:55 PM on November 2, 2016


And now we wait.
posted by bukvich at 8:55 PM on November 2, 2016


Game 7, 9th inning, tie game between Cleveland and Chicago. The pit of despair.

I mean this was pretty much inevitable, right? As soon as it was clear who was gonna be in the series, I was certain that it was going to hit 7 games and probably extra innings, to boot. If there were ever a pair of teams that could find a way to both lose at the last moment, this is that pair. (N.b. grew up in Cleveland, currently living on the North Side of Chicago, so I feel like I'm speaking with a certain amount of relevant experience on both sides here.)

Despite having predicted this, though, I was not ready for the reality of the situation. ?!!?!?!?!
posted by ubersturm at 8:55 PM on November 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


W.P. Kinsella is laughing somewhere.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:55 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


That is... not a pretty radar picture.
posted by tonycpsu at 8:56 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Are there safety reasons for rain delays? Risks of injuries because of slippery grass?
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:56 PM on November 2, 2016


ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:56 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Those are just my tears guys.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:56 PM on November 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


#midwest/
posted by Carillon at 8:56 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


In game 7 of the WS, it's 5% about player injuries and 95% about the outcome not being decided because it was a downpour for one team and a drizzle for the other.
posted by tonycpsu at 8:58 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Well at least they just announced definitively they will finish the game tonight.
posted by cashman at 8:58 PM on November 2, 2016


They seeded some clouds or something just to ratchet up the damn tension.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:58 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


You're obviously too modest, so I'll go ahead and link to one of my all-time favorite comments on MetaFilter.

*sigh* for some reason your link didn't show up until I refreshed the page, but still, everyone go read that comment.
posted by lalex at 8:59 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


The worst part is having to listen to Joe Buck vamp until the rain ends.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:59 PM on November 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


The crew chief saying they're delaying so they won't have to play in "conditions that aren't right", and that they think once this cell goes through, there's nothing behind it.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:59 PM on November 2, 2016


Ever try to throw a 100mph wet baseball?
posted by GhostintheMachine at 8:59 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Anyone here watch Buffy? This is giving credence to the idea of a Hellmouth in Cleveland.
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:59 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


So many questions. If they are unable to restart tonight, do they start the game over another day? I think they do, actually.

Can you imagine if this was the seventh, the Cubs were still ahead and the game was called for the Cubs?
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:00 PM on November 2, 2016


Pull it together, DirtyOldTown. People have to work tomorrow.
posted by Fig at 9:00 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


You guys... The win expectancy calculator at Fangraphs has given up. It has it at 50/50. Seriously.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:01 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


as in, would they replay the entire game?
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:01 PM on November 2, 2016


me rn
posted by prize bull octorok at 9:02 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


It is filler time. Were the folks in Chicago surprised when Jay Cutler started Monday night? All the stories in my feed said Barkley was going to start and Cutler was cleared to play but didn't have enough practice which I thought was ridiculous. And then he played really well. I wonder if Minnesota got caught off guard when they went out there and all of a sudden Cutler was chucking it down the field.

The best highlight I saw (I did not watch the game) was he bonked Jeffrey right in the back of the helmet with about a thirty yard toss. If Jeffrey hadn't been sprinting full speed away from the football that could induce a concussion.
posted by bukvich at 9:02 PM on November 2, 2016


Well, my boss gave me a pass in this very thread.
posted by ursus_comiter at 9:03 PM on November 2, 2016 [8 favorites]


At a Lenny Kravitz concert right now and even Lenny stopped to give a score update to the crowd....
posted by inflatablekiwi at 9:04 PM on November 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


Slarty, is there such a thing as a spontaneous perforated ulcer? Asking for a friend.
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:04 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


> The worst part is having to listen to Joe Buck vamp until the rain end

Your hubris has brought A-Rod upon us.
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:05 PM on November 2, 2016 [9 favorites]


we're gonna need this excuse note
posted by ZeusHumms at 9:05 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


A-rod is actually a great commentator. Also, I love Pete Rose's big block head and dumb bow tie. Put him in the Hall already, the big lug.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:07 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


They say it'll restart in 8 mins.
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:07 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


game restarting at 11:15 PM central.
posted by ZeusHumms at 9:07 PM on November 2, 2016


WP Kinsella could not have written this.
posted by ursus_comiter at 9:08 PM on November 2, 2016


The worst part is having to listen to Joe Buck vamp until the rain ends.

You say that, but it wasn't Joe Buck I just heard tell me that now "its going to come down to who wants it more."

Jesus
posted by C.A.S. at 9:08 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


SCHWARBER
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:12 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


We're ON
posted by C.A.S. at 9:13 PM on November 2, 2016


Does Kris Bryant have the clutch gene?
posted by rhizome at 9:13 PM on November 2, 2016


You guys... The win expectancy calculator at Fangraphs has given up. It has it at 50/50. Seriously.

All they should do is go and find out which team wants it more.
posted by nubs at 9:14 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


Paul Begala tweet. "This is the baseball equivalent of a Florida recount"
posted by C.A.S. at 9:17 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


I just scared my dogs screaming.
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:20 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


alrighty then
posted by wallabear at 9:20 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Zobrist! Down the 3rd base line.
posted by ZeusHumms at 9:20 PM on November 2, 2016


Oh my god
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:20 PM on November 2, 2016


FUCK YES NOT MESSING
posted by C.A.S. at 9:21 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


My Fitbit tells me I'm into this game
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:21 PM on November 2, 2016 [9 favorites]


sg; slk gslkdjghweuhrg we ghwe weiuhg sldldf nldnv wieuhurgher7 ssidfuv oiedufvn ofnvdfvpsjeho dfeivnoiuvn ioeunv eivevn e
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:22 PM on November 2, 2016 [10 favorites]


I'm trying very hard not to hyperventilate.
posted by percolatrix at 9:22 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


I CANNOT EVEN /dies
posted by rtha at 9:22 PM on November 2, 2016 [7 favorites]


Broadcast is totally breaking up
posted by rhizome at 9:23 PM on November 2, 2016


oh my god oh my god
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:23 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Whooo!
posted by ZeusHumms at 9:23 PM on November 2, 2016


*smiles*
posted by wallabear at 9:24 PM on November 2, 2016


I am looking at a picture of Zobrist with an arm around both my sons, and a signed ball on each of their desks, from when we went to a game in August RIGHT NOW.

YES
posted by C.A.S. at 9:24 PM on November 2, 2016 [12 favorites]


I'm crying again.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:24 PM on November 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


PLEASE FOX PLEASE CUT TO SHOTS OF PEOPLE IN CHIEF WAHOO GEAR SOBBING
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:24 PM on November 2, 2016 [10 favorites]


Joe Maddon should sign like 99% of his 2016 paycheck over to Alberto Almora, Jr.
posted by tonycpsu at 9:24 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


Montero comes through with an RBI single, currently 8-6 Cubs
posted by ZeusHumms at 9:24 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Miggy!

Dyac
posted by ursus_comiter at 9:24 PM on November 2, 2016


Lenny Kravitz's saxophone player just fell off the stage (true). That's how excited everyone is about the score....
posted by inflatablekiwi at 9:26 PM on November 2, 2016 [7 favorites]


Okay, you know how upthread I talked about the Tweet where someone was talking about Helm's Deep?

I feel like I just saw King Theoden gallop around the bases screaming "FORTH EORLINGAS!!!!"
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:27 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Shot of Ross shouting (I assume to Rizzo) "I told you" (I assume referring to their conversation in the dugout earlier about "wait til we're going into extra innings")
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:28 PM on November 2, 2016


I kind of have to pee but I'm afraid to leave the television.
posted by rtha at 9:29 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


Holy crap a pitcher without a beard, and he looks to be under 6'4".
posted by rhizome at 9:29 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


I just saw where John Cusack and Eddie Vedder are sitting behind the dugout and Cusack is LOSING it
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:30 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


Oh boy, 3 of the longest outs coming up.
posted by ZeusHumms at 9:33 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Ok three outs. Let's do this again.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:33 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


*sound of toilets flushing echoes across America*
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:34 PM on November 2, 2016 [7 favorites]


Just three more outs, please? I promise I'll clean my room and do the dishes and stuff. I'll be good, I promise.
posted by Ghidorah at 9:35 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


3 outs. That's it. 3 outs, a teary solo dance party in my living room, shoutout to my dead grandpa that started 3 generations of Cub fans, then sleep.
posted by Fig at 9:35 PM on November 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


I am a Cubs fan through and through and I really want them to win.

But there is also a small part of me that is coked to the gills on this crazy ass ballgame and would be okay with it if the Cleveland team ties here and we played more innings first.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:35 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Its 4:34 am here in London. My only chance to get the beer that I need, deserve, and have earned, is to go across town and find the pub where the fish and flower market guys go after their night shift.
posted by C.A.S. at 9:36 PM on November 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


Though I might die. Not like as a metaphor. I could expire.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:36 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


9 pitches, no problem. We'll be out of here in a jif'.

Somebody's name is about to be inscribed into history as a reason why important games are lost.
posted by rhizome at 9:36 PM on November 2, 2016


that's one, baby
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:37 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Talk to you after. Time to freak out now.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:37 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


The String Bean Slinger.
posted by C.A.S. at 9:38 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Aw, John Cusack saw somebody with a little kid sitting behind him and he switched seats so the kid could have the front row.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:38 PM on November 2, 2016 [9 favorites]


Fig, I'm also a third-generation Cubs fan. Been thinking a lot about my grandpa this season. He would have loved to see this.
posted by percolatrix at 9:38 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


What a time to be alive
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:38 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


yes I am taking the celebrity fan angle stop teasing me
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:39 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


NO BASE FOR YOU
posted by rhizome at 9:39 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Breathe, breathe, breathe
posted by percolatrix at 9:40 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


Jesus, Mary, and Holy Saint Joseph ...
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:40 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


And I concur: my grandpa and Nana, my aunties and uncles, my mom and dad, my sister . . . how I wish they could have lived to see this.
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:41 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


This pitcher looks like he's 19 years old, my lord.
posted by cashman at 9:41 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Fifth-generation Cubs fan here, raising the sixth generation! I keep crying because my grandpa wanted a Series win SO. MUCH.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:42 PM on November 2, 2016 [8 favorites]


no wait what no
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:42 PM on November 2, 2016


He's 25. And his Wikipedia page already names him famous for being the closing pitcher of game 7 of the 2016 series.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:42 PM on November 2, 2016


Of course the tying run is at the plate in extra innings, with that team down 2. Of course.
posted by cashman at 9:42 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


No jinxing! No jinxing!
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:42 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


CJ Edwards Route to the Majors

Interesting background
posted by C.A.S. at 9:44 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


> No jinxing! No jinxing!

Uh so the rain sure passed quickly, that's nice
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:44 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


That is an awful jinxy wikipedia edit.
posted by bukvich at 9:44 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


This fucking game.
posted by bondcliff at 9:44 PM on November 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


Oh god
posted by Elementary Penguin at 9:44 PM on November 2, 2016


I WAS KIDDING I WAS KIDDING
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:44 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Strategery ensues.
posted by ZeusHumms at 9:44 PM on November 2, 2016


Holy fucking shit
posted by C.A.S. at 9:44 PM on November 2, 2016


Who is up to bat next??
posted by cashman at 9:45 PM on November 2, 2016


It's great that it is going to extra innings - lets both sides feel good about either winning or losing.
posted by Death and Gravity at 9:45 PM on November 2, 2016


THIS TEAM CAN NOT BE KILLED WHAT IN THE lkjd faslijfapoi
posted by C.A.S. at 9:45 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


And it all falls on journeyman Michael Martinez, 942nd round pick, former Phillies Rule 5 pick, utility man who was brought in as a defensive sub for his arm to throw someone out at the plate.

Baseball.
posted by tonycpsu at 9:46 PM on November 2, 2016 [7 favorites]


Wowwwww! Cubs win!
posted by cashman at 9:47 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


HOLY CRAP
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:47 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


OH WOW
posted by wallabear at 9:47 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

Cubs win! Cubs win!
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:48 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


WHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:48 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


NOICE
posted by rhizome at 9:48 PM on November 2, 2016


Hey hey, holy mackerel, no doubt about it
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:48 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Aw, John Cusack saw somebody with a little kid sitting behind him and he switched seats so the kid could have the front row.

So, God, you gonna let this guy lose to Charlie Sheen? Even cocaine-less, smug bastard Charlie Sheen?
posted by C.A.S. at 9:48 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Awww, Joe Buck practiced that in front of his mirror and everything.


... great night for baseball.
posted by Seeba at 9:48 PM on November 2, 2016


Yes!!!!!!!!!!
posted by Ghidorah at 9:48 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


W
posted by ZeusHumms at 9:48 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


AAAAAAHHHHHHHH
posted by rtha at 9:48 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Congratulations to the Cubs. This team looks like it will be back.
posted by bukvich at 9:48 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:49 PM on November 2, 2016 [9 favorites]


well. holy crap
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 9:49 PM on November 2, 2016


Yes!!!!!!!
posted by ghost phoneme at 9:49 PM on November 2, 2016


omg, and thank god they did it without any goats.
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:49 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Too many feels. Dead now.
posted by percolatrix at 9:49 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


Nice. Congrats, Chicago.
posted by bondcliff at 9:49 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


just as a Kravitz launches into Fly Away! Fucking perfect.
posted by inflatablekiwi at 9:49 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Rizzo crying and following Ross around like he was his dad.
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:49 PM on November 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


Hooray!!!
posted by leahwrenn at 9:50 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


YEAH!!!!!

I'm out in the Chicago burbs, tons of fireworks going off.

108 years. 1...0...8 years. Amazing.
posted by Fig at 9:50 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


AC000000.
posted by zamboni at 9:50 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


SHOW MORE TEARFUL CUBS FANS
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:50 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


Winning a World Series IS better than having children!

This is the ugliest crying I have ever done in my life.

Baby named Kris Bryant.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:51 PM on November 2, 2016 [18 favorites]


Seriously, WGNAmerica not breaking into their stupid-ass witch show? Fuck them.
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:51 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Just the way it should work, seventh game, extra innings, a great series for both teams.
posted by Death and Gravity at 9:52 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


What a comeback. 108 years, three games down. Impressive.
posted by wallabear at 9:52 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


Eyebrows, I didn't think I could cry any uglier than I did at the end of the NCLS. So wrong.
posted by percolatrix at 9:52 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


That smile on the replay. He knew it was a win.
posted by ghost phoneme at 9:52 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


I didn't die, btw. Just stopped to open more wine.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:53 PM on November 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


I'm happy for Chicago, and all of us, but I'm happy for THIS team. They are special, and guys like Rizzo Bryant, etc, deserve it for themselves as well as for us.
posted by C.A.S. at 9:53 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


Rizzo saying that Hayward called a meeting and got everybody's heads together during the rain delay.

(And our cat just went pawing at the computer and sent the video back to the middle of the 10th, cutting off the interview. Enough postgame inanity, says the cat.)
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:53 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


I just heard that was Montgomery's first save in the majors? My God, how must this feel?
posted by lalex at 9:54 PM on November 2, 2016 [8 favorites]


I have never in my life heard my father cry until I called him just now.
posted by Etrigan at 9:55 PM on November 2, 2016 [15 favorites]


I love the speechless wonder of these players!
posted by obfuscation at 9:55 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


I fucking love baseball.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:56 PM on November 2, 2016 [8 favorites]


Oh, that slo-mo shot of Edwards running ecstatically with the W flag is beautiful!
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:58 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]




Nice Budweiser commercial with an old Harry Caray spot bookended with congratulations.
posted by rhizome at 10:00 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


This is the best thing.
posted by rtha at 10:01 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Some goofball brought an "M" flag to Wrigleyville.
posted by rhizome at 10:02 PM on November 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Nothing felt for me, a Red Sox fan, like Game 4 of the 2004 series. I am so happy for the Cubs now.

The broadcast i'm watching just has a series of "reaction shots" - all the players, and then that portion of the stands where John Cusack and that family with the kid were; the kid was just standing in dropped-jaw wonder.

They also cut to elsewhere in the stands where Bill Murray was, and they caught his reaction freakout - but better than that was that the guy standing next to him was just standing in wide-eyed wonder just saying "we won?.... we WON?....." over and over.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:02 PM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Steve Bartman gets to walk down the street again.
posted by rhizome at 10:07 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


See, that was like a whole galaxy's worth of baseball played out in an hour.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:07 PM on November 2, 2016 [8 favorites]


Man, I thought Evanston promised to sound its air raid/emergency sirens in event of a Cubs victory. I am disappointed (that, or their sirens are weak and inaudible in the building I am in).

Fifth-generation Cubs fan here, raising the sixth generation! I keep crying because my grandpa wanted a Series win SO. MUCH.

I hope my Cleveland-based family doesn't have to wait as long... only the oldest generation remembers the last World Series win, and at this rate, I'm not sure they'll get to see the next one.
posted by ubersturm at 10:08 PM on November 2, 2016


What an amazing game. So happy. My phone died at the bar. Thankfully, there were a couple other diehard Cubs fans hanging out there who watched to the glorious end, so I got Cubs hugs after the final out.
posted by ursus_comiter at 10:09 PM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


My ugly crying woke up my three-year-old.
posted by percolatrix at 10:10 PM on November 2, 2016 [8 favorites]


Hah, Bill Murray trying to steal the car.
posted by rhizome at 10:13 PM on November 2, 2016 [7 favorites]


Oldest Child desperately worked to stay awake in my lap to the end. Neighbor Kid came over right at the start of the tenth to deliver cupcakes (its Mrs. Bartfast's birthday and even she and youngest child stayed up to watch). All of us, including Neighbor Kid and his father watched the finish. After it was over, I called my oldest best friend who lives in Chicago, is a die hard fan; he's going through a divorce and lost both parents this year, and is depressed as hell. I'm sentimental as hell and baseball matters and my blood brother's faith in humanity is like 75% higher tonight.

Anyway, Oldest Son fell asleep in my lap while I was on the phone. I carried him upstairs and tucked him in, kissing his forehead.

"Dad? Did you find out who was MVP?"
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:18 PM on November 2, 2016 [8 favorites]


It was beautiful crying, percolated. Beautiful.

And my husband is waiting for Bill Murray to drive that car away.
posted by ghost phoneme at 10:20 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


The last time the Cubs won the world series, my grandfather, who worked for the railroad in Galesburg IL, was relaying the box scores by telegraph.
posted by pjern at 10:22 PM on November 2, 2016 [24 favorites]


If I have no other legacy, let it be known I put "Go Cubs Go" on the Original Billy Goat jukebox during the rain delay so it played right after game.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:24 PM on November 2, 2016 [18 favorites]


This game gave me anxiety-hiccups and I'm GRATEFUL . Goddanm!
posted by rtha at 10:29 PM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


THE CUBS WON THE WORLD SERIES. I am trying to let that sink in.

This joke is nowhere near as funny as it was before tonight, and I am totally fine with that.
posted by SisterHavana at 10:35 PM on November 2, 2016 [7 favorites]


SOBBING. Like a baby.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:38 PM on November 2, 2016 [9 favorites]


God how happy is languagehat going to be when he wakes up?
posted by Elementary Penguin at 10:40 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


I'd just like to say that I know a lot of times over the years, people have been skeptical that the Cubs would ever turn it around, that they'd ever win. Many people have expressed this to me in the 32 years I have been a Cubs fan. I just want to say that I remember each and every one one of you and I am laughing at you now and I hope you fucking choke on this.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:43 PM on November 2, 2016 [8 favorites]


Oh my God. Oh my God. I can still not even take this in. It's wrong to wake up my children just to stuff them full of celebratory candy, right?

I am not even joking, I got the baby's first real laugh by singing her "Hey Chicago, whaddya say, Cubs are gonna win today!" (Although only after she cried because I was crying so hard when they won and it scared her! Dad had to take her until I calmed down.) Also whenever she was calm and happy the Cubs had a good inning and whenever she was gassy they had a bad one ...
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 10:59 PM on November 2, 2016 [12 favorites]


I can't imagine another baseball game ever topping that one for stakes, excitement, and tension Been waiting my whole life for the Cubbies to win the World Series.

I am not even joking, I got the baby's first real laugh by singing her "Hey Chicago, whaddya say, Cubs are gonna win today!"

This is so memorably adorable--I'll be smiling at that anecdote 'til at least Tuesday evening.
posted by Excommunicated Cardinal at 11:15 PM on November 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


Even if it hadn't been Game 7 of a World Series, that was the kind of game that converts baseball skeptics ("ugh, it's so slow!") into fans. Tension, ecstasy, heartbreak, hope – repeat x3 – rain delay – and finally more tension, heartbreak and ecstasy. Very happy for Cubs fans. (And as a Royals fan, I was sad we couldn't keep Zobrist this year ... but glad he not only made it to another great team but got MVP.)
posted by lisa g at 11:33 PM on November 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


Ugh.

White Sox fans, I'm sorry for what you're going to have to deal with.
posted by clorox at 12:49 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Good god. I don't think it can be called into question. That was the greatest World Series not just of our lifetimes, but in the time-media era. It's hard to judge against the written accounts of more than a century ago, but in sheer numbers of heart-attack moments, and presumably heart attacks proper, baseball has never seen the like.

Weirdly I had a more endorphin-addled fuzz last night in game six. Whatever.

Forty years from now, I will be like, "The Cramps, Jockey Club, August 1986. The Cubs at Cleveland, my livingroom, November 2016." The unfortunate people whose living room I have just invaded to deliver this news may tase me in kindness.
posted by mwhybark at 1:10 AM on November 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


I just heard that was Montgomery's first save in the majors? My God, how must this feel?
posted by lalex at 9:54 PM on November 2 [7 favorites +] [!]


like playing for the Mariners?
posted by mwhybark at 1:13 AM on November 3, 2016


One last thought.

I came to baseball, this time, late, like five years ago at forty-five. My Uncle Hank, a union man, a weldor, a mischevious giant of a man who met my aunt at an Elvis Presley concert in Seattle while on a weekend liberty from his shipbuilding Navy duties across the Sound - once he heard I had the bug we've been thick as thieves.

We talk or email about baseball bullshit and he schools me no end, him having more than a lifetime of study on me. I find stuff on eBay for cheap that will make his day. we facetime to watch games together. Last couple of years he and my aunt, my adoptive mother's sister, have been out here timed such that we have been able to catch a game out here, the Mariners hosting his team since he was a child, the Cleveland Indians.

He always pays, I haven't been able to catch him out yet. my favorite team in the 1970s, the era of Hank's shattering of Babe's record? The Cubs. Because they were losers, and unpopular in my geographic region, and if there's a thing that defines me it's "fuck you, that's why".

So rooting for the Cubs where I lived in the 1979s was, in my mind, like kicking a cop in the nuts and running before your head was opened up by a slug or a club. I was a child, indulge me.

There was no way I could root for the Indians in this series. I apologized to Uncle Hank, who has considered and rejected Chief Wahoo as an acceptable mascot image, before the Series proper started. He's been integral to the social and intellectual development of my baseball interest. He's 85. The Indians just lost their first title shot since he was a teenager (I think, I'm pretty weak on MLB deep cut facts, as I'm a newbie, for some values of newbie).

I am calling him first thing in the morning and reiterating how much he means to me. Godddammit. I tried to call after the game was over but it was late in Ohio, and everywhere.

Thanks Hank. This was amazing, and you made it more amazing by your generosity and kindness. I love you. Just wait 'til next year. The Mariners will probably knock Cleveland sideways, and then beat the Cubs in four.

What a game. What a Series.
posted by mwhybark at 1:46 AM on November 3, 2016 [8 favorites]


(The Indians made it to the World Series in 1997 but lost in seven games to the Marlins. In 1995 the Indians won an impressive 111 games in the regular season and made it to the World Series, but lost in six games to the Braves. Before that they hadn't made it out of the regular season since 1954. So they've had a few chances recently.)
posted by clorox at 2:06 AM on November 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


Congratulations to a great team and great fans. Totally,totally deserved this.
posted by wenestvedt at 3:25 AM on November 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


Finally, something to thank 2016 for.
posted by chavenet at 3:30 AM on November 3, 2016 [6 favorites]




This was not a good game. Lots of errors and bad plays on the field, both managers making very questionable decisions... it really seemed to be a battle between two teams determined to lose. How many throws to first on routine plays threatened to end up in dugouts? How many times did runners get picked off or get thrown out by a mile trying to take an extra base? The only reason the bad choices of one team didn't hurt them was due to the bad play of the other team. And I swear it seemed like both teams were loaded with Canadians the way they were apologizing and chatting to each other after hard slides and collisions.

It was not a sparkling gem that people will be talking about for years. It was messy, aggravating, and poor play for two teams that convincingly made their way to the final. The result? Yes, that's something we'll be talking about, at least until the Cubs make the playoffs again and Cleveland manages to win one. Then like the Curse of the Bambino it'll be forgotten like the Berlin Wall.

I'm glad the Cubs stumbled less than Cleveland did, and it was a fun emotional roller coaster, but it was not a well played game.
posted by GhostintheMachine at 5:25 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


I remember Cleveland vs. the Marlins back in 1997. I was a hardcore Marlins fan at the time (we existed, kind of). I've been dissatisfied with the Marlins since they changed their name to Miami, and fell out of baseball for a while.

But the Cubs. My grandpa would watch them on WGN every home game, reliable as can be, and I watched because he loved the Cubs. We both cried when Harry Caray passed away. Grandpa died 10 years ago, but his team did it, those loveable losers won it all. I guess now I'm a Cubbie, and I know Grandpa would be proud of them. I'll carry the torch for this generation for us both.
posted by PearlRose at 5:27 AM on November 3, 2016 [5 favorites]


It wasn't a perfectly played game, but humans aren't perfect. And there were flashes of brilliance. I actually thought Hendrick's pickoff at first base was one of them. Occasionally transcending our humanity is all I ask of the game.
posted by postel's law at 5:40 AM on November 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


Fortunately, nattering nabobs of naysaying nitpicking negativity cannot harsh my mellow or detract from this day of sumptuous transcendent spiritual joy.
posted by FelliniBlank at 5:49 AM on November 3, 2016 [8 favorites]


"Why are you wearing jeans?" (in the office)
"My father is a Chicagoan, I was born in Illinois, and my timesheet line code is under the Illinois office. You're lucky I'm A) here at all, and 2) wearing pants at all."
"Fair enough."
posted by Etrigan at 6:12 AM on November 3, 2016 [16 favorites]


My grandfather disliked Harry Caray so much he would leave the room when Harry was on; if Harry was on the radio, Grandpa would watch the TV broadcast, and vice versa. The last time the Cubs were in the World Series, Grandpa was in the Pacific somewhere, playing baseball when they weren't on duty. He'd been a standout high-school athlete and was evidently recruited to play ball professionally, but he always said later there was no money in it then, and besides, he'd made a promise to my grandma. He came home to Chicago after the war, married her, and that was that for baseball. But they were Cubs fans, and so many of my memories of them (and many of my other dearly departed family) also involve the Cubs. I've thought a lot about them all these last few weeks.
posted by percolatrix at 6:14 AM on November 3, 2016 [6 favorites]


It was not a sparkling gem that people will be talking about for years. It was messy, aggravating, and poor play for two teams that convincingly made their way to the final.

whatever lord poobah the cubs still have the trophy
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:19 AM on November 3, 2016 [7 favorites]


And I swear it seemed like both teams were loaded with Canadians the way they were apologizing and chatting to each other after hard slides and collisions.

This is one of my favorite things about baseball! I'll take infielders chatting it up with opposing players over football's irrational aggression any day of the week.
posted by something something at 6:20 AM on November 3, 2016 [12 favorites]


Yeah, the best part about baseball is that they know they're playing a game, and can be happy for the other team's success.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 6:22 AM on November 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


So I have to observe a coworker's writing class this afternoon, and her students are participating in this whole political engagement/election-themed campus project where they're kind of re-enacting the 1968 Democratic convention and doing mock video news interviews and stuff about it, and since she knows I come from Chicagoland, last week she asked if I'd let them ask me some demo questions about growing up there in the late 60s and early 70s, just to practice their interview skills. So I said sure.

And now I have to try to get through it without bursting into nostalgic ecstatic bittersweet cathartic tears the whole time.
posted by FelliniBlank at 6:30 AM on November 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


GhostintheMachine is not entirely wrong. They might have added that this was a test of endurance. It is almost impossible to think clearly on the brink of exhaustion. It wore me out to watch the thing. That last fastball that Chapman threw to strike out that last batter was a feat. I hope he didn't injure himself. Orel Hershiser was never the same pitcher after his MVP World Series performance.
posted by bukvich at 6:38 AM on November 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


> God how happy is languagehat going to be when he wakes up?

He is, he is! I had to give up and go to bed during the seventh inning, which was a wise decision because I wouldn't have slept at all otherwise and I have work to do. I set the VCR to record the rest of the game and added an hour, but who knew there was going to be a rain delay and an extra inning? So the tape cut off during the rain delay, and I was left to follow the rest of the game via this thread. I love all of you and the Cubs and the Indians and John Cusack and Eyebrows McGee's baby and pjern's grandfather and the great game of baseball.
posted by languagehat at 6:56 AM on November 3, 2016 [17 favorites]


Hey, I just found out. I've been in transit, flying since early Tuesday evening and then I slept all afternoon. Just woke up and remembered to check. tbh, same thing happened last time when the Red Sox won. Happy for the Cubs and Theo.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 7:10 AM on November 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


This is MLB.com's 30-minute condensed version of the game, which is a great way to watch/rewatch as there is no commentary, only sounds of the game. It captures the tension, the slop, the slams & the slides in all their glory, including the tarp unroll.
posted by chavenet at 7:55 AM on November 3, 2016 [10 favorites]


I feel like for the rest of the day, "Cubs won the World Series" should work like a magic password.

"Can I help you sir?"
"I was thinking about buying this new car here... for $100."
"That's ridiculous... a total pipedream."
"Cubs won the World Series."
Salesman nods in understanding, hands over keys.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:56 AM on November 3, 2016 [13 favorites]


In a couple years it's more likely to be "yeah, of course the Cubs won another World Series, they're the new Yankees." We sports fans have no problem turning lovable losers into hated dynasties overnight -- just look at what happened to the Red Sox.
posted by tonycpsu at 8:02 AM on November 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


As a Red Sox fan: worth it.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:05 AM on November 3, 2016 [11 favorites]




Terrific Bill Murray interview: "We became such great losers. I hope we'll be good winners."
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:07 AM on November 3, 2016 [5 favorites]


FanGraphs: The Moment Before the Moment
On paper, this is a pretty ordinary baseball sequence. In practice, it was more extraordinary than it reads. Because this is how Almora advanced. [...]

In effect, it’s a stolen base, a stolen base that didn’t need for a pitch to be pitched. When the ball landed in Rajai Davis‘ glove, the Cubs had a 50% chance of winning. After Almora arrived at second, that jumped up to 57%, and then the Rizzo walk pushed it to 59%. That’s pretty much all Almora, a rookie who didn’t know he’d be doing anything until the inning’s first at-bat. Almora had a moment, setting up the Ben Zobrist Moment. The Almora play was not the biggest one of the game. But it was a key contributor to the biggest sequence of the game. And so I want to review how the play came to happen. [...]

Albert Almora isn’t the hero. He didn’t make the biggest hit, nor did he make the biggest play. He’s one of few Cubs who might have to say who they are if they want a free drink. Given all the moments from an unforgettable Game 7, some moments will have to be forgotten; some will just slip through the cracks. Maybe, some months from now, they won’t be talking about the one-out tag-up. But that was the moment that set up the Moment, the moment the Cubs’ fortunes started to turn. Kris Bryant might’ve just missed a pitch he wanted to hit, but thanks to a good read and aggressive baserunning, Bryant’s fly out still put the Cubs on course for a World Series title. They say that it had been a few years.
posted by tonycpsu at 8:13 AM on November 3, 2016 [6 favorites]




A few words from Barack Obama (video via Twitter)
posted by FelliniBlank at 8:41 AM on November 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


Bob Newhart is also pleased as punch.

(Things I learned about Bob Newhart today:
-he has a tastefully appointed living room decked with baroque carvings
-he and Don Rickles go out for late night martini dinners together)

posted by Iridic at 8:47 AM on November 3, 2016 [7 favorites]


A few words from Barack Obama (video via Twitter)

Context: Mass produced sliced bread was 'invented' in 1928.
posted by ZeusHumms at 9:29 AM on November 3, 2016


I don't even know how to encapsulate how depressed I am about this game and series. The universal Cubs-related joy only serves to amplify my despondency. If you need me, I'll be huddled in my bed, crying, clutching my Cavs championship Plain Dealer.
posted by enjoymoreradio at 10:58 AM on November 3, 2016 [6 favorites]


Sincere condolences and empathy, enjoymoreradio. I'm sorry our joy comes at your expense.
posted by FelliniBlank at 11:12 AM on November 3, 2016 [6 favorites]


Same here. The only bad part of last night was that someone had to lose.

I'd say I hope you guys win next year, but I'd be lying. I mean, I hope you win soon, but not next year. I've got a hankering to do this at least once more.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:47 AM on November 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


A rematch wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. Plus, both teams are likely to be more relaxed and better prepared going in.
posted by ZeusHumms at 11:49 AM on November 3, 2016


Y'all, I'm not even much of a baseball fan - and when I do watch I go for the Boston Red Sox (if you grow up in New England it is genetic). I have no flippin' idea who any of the players are, what their season was, or any of that.

But there is something about the people who come so close time and time and time and time and time and time again, heartbreakingly close, and come in second again and again - and then finally they get it. As the kids say, that gets me in the feels.

Also watching lots of happy people explode in joy is happy making, too.

And as for the Indians - I've been to maybe three major league ball games in my life, one of which was Red Sox vs. Yankees, in Yankee Stadium, in the 90s. I was the lone Sox fan in a section full of Yankees fans (including my then-boyfriend, who had brought me to the game), and endured some good-natured ribbing from everyone and sassed back as good as I got. I think I was even shouting out Dylan Thomas at Mo Vaughn during the last inning ("RAGE! RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT!")

And of course, when the dust settled, they lost. But me, my boyfriend, and the guy in the row in front of us who teamed up with my boyfriend to tease me, all ultimately agreed that it was a hell of a good game. The Sox didn't screw up, the Yankees had to play hard, and everyone was at the top of their game and it was fantastic.

To the Indians - everyone had to play hard, everyone had to bring their A-game and it was fantastic. Hold your head high.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:00 PM on November 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


I feel like Lucy let me kick the football.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:07 PM on November 3, 2016 [9 favorites]








PS, reading foreign newspaper accounts of the win is very entertaining. It leads a lot of sports sections, but as a human interest story with goat curses and 108 year droughts and so on. A lot of the stories in non-baseball countries barely mention the actual game as played, going instead for the insanity of the fans and the oddity of the curse!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 1:09 AM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


If you want to watch the parade/rally today and aren't in Chicagoland, a few (of probably many) places to do it:

WGN News livestream

CSN Chicago livestream

MLB.com livestream
posted by FelliniBlank at 6:48 AM on November 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


The WGN live feed is terrible. If you'd like to hear someone mumble over what sounds like a 14.4 modem all over a non-HD traffic cam feed, that's your pick.

The CSN Chicago feed has HD feeds from on-location and a mix of highlights from the year.

The MLB.com feed has some production value and is a solid choice but isn't the same as the MLB Network feed you can stream online if you have MLB Network through certain (non-Comcast) providers. That one is really good, in HD, with interviews with the players, etc.

TL;DR: skip WGN. Probably anything else is decent. MLB Network is best, if you are able.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:29 AM on November 4, 2016


Yeah, but WGN has the WGN Morning News maniacs, who are always entertaining and charming. I watch it whenever I get nostalgic for Illinois life.
posted by FelliniBlank at 7:46 AM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


Just now Pat was in Grant Park chatting with the "truants" there cutting class (offering a festive "stick it, Woodstock High principal"), mentioning that he could smell marijuana smoke nearby but not among his drug-free group, and asking teenagers what particular shade of blue they think Kris Bryant's eyes are. "Like, are they an ocean blue?"

You're just not going to get incisive, hard-hitting reporting like that from MLB.
posted by FelliniBlank at 7:52 AM on November 4, 2016 [6 favorites]


Earlier, he illustrated the point that he could get the crowd to cheer for anything at all if he asked them "Are you with me?" by getting them to cheer for the fact that a) WGN needs to "back up the truck" when his contract comes up for renewal soon and b) his co-anchor Robin needs to stop singing on the air.
posted by FelliniBlank at 7:54 AM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


I could deal with them being cheesy. It's the squealing storm-warning noises in the background in the awful grainy traffic cam shot that made me tune out.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:01 AM on November 4, 2016


I could deal with them being cheesy. It's the squealing storm-warning noises in the background in the awful grainy traffic cam shot that made me tune out.

Whoops, that stream (their usual main one, I guess) is borked, sorry. They have a dedicated Cubs stream now that is working.
posted by FelliniBlank at 8:07 AM on November 4, 2016


The MLB Network feed and the MLB.com feed now seem to have the same content a few seconds off.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:23 AM on November 4, 2016


CBS Chicago is also livestreaming.
posted by SisterHavana at 10:27 AM on November 4, 2016


Why is this recap video showing on WGN making me so nervous? I KNOW HOW IT ENDS!
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:43 AM on November 4, 2016 [6 favorites]


Oh my god, do you think Ricketts stole that vitamins story from Theo Epstein? I bet he did.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:06 AM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]




Jon Lester at rally: "HOW ABOUT THIS SHIT? Uhhh, sorry kids."
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:22 AM on November 4, 2016 [3 favorites]


I'm trying to guess how many millions of people Anthony Rizzo just reduced to ugly crying.
posted by FelliniBlank at 11:48 AM on November 4, 2016


Ah, yes, the time-honored tradition of intentional accidental profanity at a victory parade.
posted by tonycpsu at 11:49 AM on November 4, 2016


Latest: City says 5 million attend Chicago Cubs celebration

Never seen that before either.
posted by bukvich at 1:20 PM on November 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


If the Cubs parade were a state it'd have 9 electoral votes.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 1:57 PM on November 4, 2016 [8 favorites]


And all that blue! Statehood for the Cubs Nation should be a Democratic platform in 2020.

(Please note to out-of-state followers, just because these people were wearing blue and Illinois will certainly go for Hillary, many of these millions of people from Cook County collar counties and will decidedly not be voting for Hillary.)


(explaining jokes makes them less funny if they were even funny at all, so I'm not sure what this is.)

posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:03 PM on November 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


I work across the street from Grant Park, so I ventured out with some coworkers at eleven to see if we could see anything of the parade from ground level. Not a chance - a human wall twenty ranks deep barred us from the curb. I saw people clambering onto the roofs of Portajohns to get a glimpse at the Budweiser Clydesdales. The roadside trees were already full, some swaying ominously under their burdens.
posted by Iridic at 3:17 PM on November 4, 2016 [2 favorites]




Bwah - someone tweeted the question to John Cusack that "I'm from out of town, where can I get a beer in Wrigleyville?" and he tweeted back the answer "EVERYWHERE!"
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:43 PM on November 4, 2016 [5 favorites]


Two great tastes that taste great together: Chicago Hamilton cast salutes the Cubs
posted by FelliniBlank at 7:08 AM on November 5, 2016 [3 favorites]


Chicago White Sox World Series Championship Parade - 2005

Seems pretty thin. As I mentioned in a couple previous threads, the White Sox have far cooler hats.
posted by bukvich at 3:57 PM on November 5, 2016


A salute on this weeks Weekend Update on SNL. You seriously want to watch this.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:14 AM on November 6, 2016 [3 favorites]


They also did this on SNL. (The video is only of the relevant part of the sketch.)
posted by SisterHavana at 11:23 AM on November 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


The bars around Wrigley that were charging $50-$250 covers during the game got a lot of grief (not from me, on purely a "fools and their money should be parted" platform) but no matter how you felt about it, seeing some of it go to this is pretty touching (as a resident of the 60613 especially but as an overall human person as well):

Murphy's Bleachers Honors Cubs By Funding All 60613 DonorsChoose Campaigns
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:28 AM on November 7, 2016 [3 favorites]


God, this thread seems like a lifetime ago.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:25 PM on November 16, 2016 [7 favorites]


My neighbors across the street have installed some kind of life-size Cubs player ... holograms? in their front window. I am both approving and creeped out.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 4:55 PM on November 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


pic plz
posted by rhizome at 6:23 PM on November 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


Not a great pic because I took it from really far back so they wouldn't think I was creepy, but trust me they are more 3D and lifelike looking ....
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:26 PM on November 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


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