CHICAGO Best in the majors this season, the Chicago Cubs jerseys cleared their first big October hurdle. Now, they wait to see who next.
The Cubs jerseys advanced to the NL Championship Series for the second straight year by knocking out the San Francisco Giants jerseys in a thrilling four game NLDS. They will face the winner of Thursday Game 5 between the Washington Nationals jerseys and Los Angeles Dodgers jerseys in what they hope will be another step toward the World Series championship that has eluded the franchise since 1908.
think it validates on a lot of different levels the job that we have done cheap jerseys to this point, Manager Joe Maddon said. think if you a player on this particular team within the organization, it getting to the point now you want to expect to get to the postseason and you want to expect to get deeply into the postseason. It also speaks to the way we played. is looking for more this time after getting swept by the New York Mets jerseys in the NLCS a year ago.
The Cubs jerseys dominated like no other team in the majors this season, running away with the NL Central championship. They got off to a 25 6 start and spent all but two days in first place on the way to a major league best 103 58 record the most wins by the Cubs jerseys since they finished the 1910 season with 104.
For a franchise defined by its lack of championships, one can only imagine the anxiety in Chicago had the NLDS returned to Wrigley Field for a Game 5 on Thursday. But instead of the billy goat and black cat and Bartman, all thoughts are on the next round for a team that has followed Maddon advice to embrace the high expectations.
think we growing every day, pitcher cheap Jon Lester jersey said. biggest theme for us is just never quit. We always battle and grind out until the last out and see what happens. NLDS sure was one wild grind.
That series had it all, whether it was Lester and cheap Johnny Cueto jersey dominating on the mound in Game 1, cheap Javier Baez jersey coming up with huge hits or spectacular plays, the Giants jerseys rallying in Game 3 and ultimately winning in 13 innings, or the Cubs jerseys scoring four in the ninth on Tuesday to wrap things up.
The Cubs jerseys joined the 1986 New York Mets jerseys Game 6 of the NLCS against Houston as the only teams to rally from a three run deficit in the ninth to win a playoff series clincher. They also stopped San Francisco 10 game winning streak when facing postseason elimination and quashed the possibility of another even year championship. The Giants jerseys won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
played us tough, MVP candidate cheap Kris Bryant jersey said. feel like if it did go back to Chicago we were ready to play. It nice to get it done here, kind of regroup and find out who we playing next. it Washington or Los Angeles, either series would offer intriguing storylines.
If it the Nationals jerseys, how does Dusty Baker going against the Cubs jerseys in the postseason sound? Not that anyone would mention Chicago collapse five outs shy of the World Series in the 2003 NLCS against the Marlins jerseys, when he was the Cubs jerseys manager. No need to recall Steve Bartman, or shortstop Alex Gonzalez error on a potential double play grounder.
If it Los Angeles, well, there the connection between Maddon and Dodgers jerseys president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, his boss in Tampa Bay.
But for now, the Cubs jerseys can rest. Avoiding a Game 5 against San Francisco means Maddon could go with Lester in Game 1 of the NLCS. It also quiets talk of curses for at least a few days, though this group refuses to buy into superstitions.
so balanced, great pitching staff, great bullpen, that why they won over a hundred games, Giants jerseys Manager Bruce Bochy said. whoever plays them has their work cut out. That how good they are. And we played them tough.