Huge win for the Cubs, who did what they had to do after the Indians came in and shocked them two nights in a row; and Joe Maddon did what he had to do; asked his reliever Aroldis Chapman to come in in the 7th, not the 9th, and get 8 outs to get it back to Cleveland. And he did it. Brass move by Maddon, and that freak Chapman was still running it up there in triple digits when he got his last batter. Then again, what choice did they really have? No use saving guy for the next game, if there is no next game. So, now Maddon has to hope Chapman bounces back with a day off, and Jake Arrieta can get them to a 7th game.
I do have a question, though. Not for Maddon. Or Chapman. Or any of the Cubs. It’s for the Cub fans. You do know you didn’t win the World Series last night, right. I know you’re geeked that you won your first World Series game, in about 800 years. But you do know you win actually win the World Series, right? That the ring goes to the first team to four, not to your team after they manage to win one of three at home. I know, I know: that win did send it back to Cleveland, that you gave yourself a chance and at this point, that’s all you can ask for. I just want to make sure that you know you didn’t win it all.
Because watching you last night, after the game, I couldn’t tell. I just want to make sure y’all know that you’re headed back to Cleveland, needing to win games 6 and 7 and in the event that it’s necessary, you’re going to have to deal with Cory Kluber in the 7th game; the same dude who has locked you twice already in this series. And you know the game is in Cleveland, and their fans want it just as badly as you all do. So save that apology you’ve owed Bartman for more than a decade. Forget the goat. And remind grandma and grandpa, that they’re not clear to die happily. At least not yet. Because even if you were acting like it last night, this series is still not over.