The Chicago Cubs registered a historic win in playoffs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series on Monday. The Cubs took 2-1 lead after notching up a 8-6 victory over the Cardinals. The Cubs set up a major league playoff record with six home runs.
“This guy has been on such an incredible roll, it just had to come to an end at some point in that regard,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon remarked.
Eddie Vedder, the head of band Pearl Jam and a die-hard fan of the Cubs, was seen giggling after his favorite team won 97 games in the regular season, appearing to be unstoppable. Vedder will be guiding his band to a Latin American tour very soon, and seemed relieved with his team’s performance.
Veterans Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo hit their first playoff home runs. The Cubs also fielded four rookies who lived up to their expectations. The Cubs lead 5-4 at half time. Jake Arrieta gave up four runs on five hits.
“Seeing the ball fly out of the yard as many times as it did was just incredible,” Arrieta said. “The atmosphere, the fans were kind of thriving off that. It’s nice for our offense to be able to do that, get some confidence going into tomorrow.”
A huge crowd over 42 thousand gathered to cheer the Cubs’ players.
“It was nuts,” Rizzo said. “Seeing those flags waving, the fans into it. It was a lot of fun, and I’m sure Wrigleyville was popping out in the bars. It’s a good day for the organization, but we’ve got to take care of business tomorrow.”