When President Barrack Obama, a proud Chicago White Sox fan, pours in congratulatory tweets, you know it’s a momentous occasion.
With frenzied fans celebrating into the night, Chicago Police is working overtime.
It’s not that the Chicago Cubs haven’t qualified for a National League Championship Series in a zillion years. They did so in 2003. But what made Tuesday’s 6-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals special? Firstly, this was their first playoff series victory since their World Series run in 1908. And more notably, never before had these Cubs got the job done at their iconic ballpark, Wrigley Field, established over a 100 years ago.
These Cubs fans have been yearning for such a moment for well over a decade. In 2003, they suffered a heartbreaking Game 7 defeat against the Florida Marlins. Could this be the year they end the drought? “This is going to be a great run. We’re going to go all the way,” Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts echoed the sentiments of the starved fan base.
It wasn’t any easy victory by any measure. The Cardinals asserted an early 2-0 lead thanks to a Stephen Piscotty home run in the first. But the Cubs fought back in the second when Javier Báez struck a three-run homer, giving the home team a 4-2 lead.
In the sixth inning, Tony Cruz doubled in a run to lower his team’s deficit to just one run. This was followed by a meaty blow by Jhonny Peralta and the resurgent Cardinals had tied the game.
Then came the Cubs’ knockout blow. It began with Anthony Rizzo hitting his second home run in back-to-back nights. An inning later, Kyle Schwarber struck a monstrous home run that landed on the right-field video scoreboard.
Over the next two innings, The Cubs bullpen shut down the Cardinals, securing a convincing win. The Cubs, who struck an unprecedented, 10 overall in the four games, are now being viewed as the favorites to win the NLCS.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) October 14, 2015