This historic weekend at Wrigley Field has not gone as advertised for the Cubs and their fans. What was billed as a celebration, has quickly turned into another funeral. In case you didn’t hear, this weekend’s World Series games at Wrigley are the first since 1945. Crazy, right?
Before the series began, the most optimistic of the lot allowed themselves to go to a place where this magical weekend would be THE weekend the Cubbies would clinch their first World Series title since 1908. The night of the century in Chicago history.
After the Cubs stole Game 2 in Cleveland, the conventional wisdom was that a 108-year, positive karma tsunami awaited them upon their return for three straight between the ivy.
One team will have the chance to celebrate a World Series title this weekend, but it’s not the Cubs.
Last night, the Indians waxed Chicago 7-2, to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Series, this coming one night after holding on to win a 1-0 nail-biter.
The Cubs authored a promising start, scoring a run in the 1st off Indians’ ace Corey Kluber, who was pitching on short rest. The good vibes were short lived. The Tribe scored 2 runs in the 2nd, including Carlos Santana’s solo shot off John Lackey to tie the game.
Flex on ‘em. pic.twitter.com/XZzdxI6Xog
— MLB (@MLB) October 30, 2016
The Indians slowly applied more pressure with situational hitting, manufacturing a run in the 3rd, and another in the 6th to build a 4-1 lead.
Second baseman, and Chicago native, Jason Kipnis personally delivered the dagger to his hometown fans with a 3-run laser into the Wrigley right field bleachers, extending the Cleveland lead to 7-1.
Everyone deserves to hear Hammy’s call of Jason Kipnis 3-run homer last night: pic.twitter.com/NuOcY0w5pl
— Josh Poloha (@JorshP) October 30, 2016
The most depressing moment of the night came when Chicago native Vince Vaughn took the mic to rally the crowd for the 7th inning stretch immediately after Kipnis’ 3-run gut-punch left the home team down 7-1. Tough spot for Vaughn, and an admirable job, considering the entire crowd just emotionally flatlined moments before. Earmuffs.
After allowing a run in the 1st, Kluber, on short rest, threw another gem. He didn’t allow another run, struck out 6 over 6, and had Cubs’ hitters off balance all evening. His postseason ERA is 0.89.
The Indians will try to clinch the their first World Series since 1948 tonight. Wrigley may be covered in championship champagne, but unfortunately for Cubs fans, if it is, it’ll be from the visiting locker room celebration.
It would be a terrible end to an awful weekend.