October 22, 2016

Cubs Beat Dodgers, Head to the World Series for the First Time in 70 Years: Javier Baez and John Lester named co-MVPs .

posted by Joey Michaels to baseball at 11:42 PM - 6 comments

Sincere congratulations to long suffering Cuba fans. Theo Epstein deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

posted by Joey Michaels at 11:44 PM on October 22, 2016

Here we go:

  • The last time the Cubs made it to the World Series, black players were not allowed to play in the major leagues. In fact, it wouldn't be for another two weeks before a black player signed a minor league contract with a MLB farm team (Jackie Robinson, Montreal Royals)
  • There are no living Cubs players from the last time they made it to the World Series.
  • Only one member of the entire Cubs organization was alive the last time they made the World Series: Billy Williams (senior advisor), HOF player for the Cubs from 1959-1974

posted by grum@work at 12:58 AM on October 23, 2016

When Canada won the gold medal in men's hockey at the 2010 Olympics, grum posted an audio clip of the moment Crosby scored the winning goal, recorded out in the harbor at Vancouver. Complete with boat horns going off, etc.

This clip from Chicago is not quite as stunning and surreal, but it's the next best thing:

Go Cubs Go

posted by beaverboard at 06:54 AM on October 23, 2016

How has the MLB not set fire to Fox Sports offices? Seems like a travesty the NLCS was on a sub-par channel available to around 73% of US homes. I get that Fox is trying to compete with ESPN but I'd be livid if they were using (part of) my sport's showcase event to do so.

posted by yerfatma at 01:51 PM on October 24, 2016

Yeah, the only way I got to watch those games was by getting someone else's cable login. But hey, I see Fox's view on this. It's not like the series was played by the #2 and #3 media markets in the country or anything. Plus, there weren't any compelling stories for either of those teams, like, one of them not making a World Series in 70+ years.

posted by NoMich at 03:16 PM on October 24, 2016

Carrying major events like the NLCS is one of the best ways to get cable and satellite providers to include your channel in their main packages. Or at least that's probably the logic they are using.

posted by Mothball at 12:11 AM on October 25, 2016

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