In what has been one of the exciting playoff series in years, my Chicago Cubs came back in the 9th inning tonight to beat the Giants. They now head to the National League championship. As a lifelong Cubs fan (raised blocks away from Wrigley), it was a glorious night.
The come back in the 9th was as exciting as it gets in baseball. Chapman was great in the last inning and made up for the dismal performance yesterday. I was up to 3 am the night before during our loss in extra innings. This made up for the lack of sleep.
I have been wearing my lucky Cubs jerseys to teach each day during the playoffs. After the loss yesterday, I decided to pull out my prized Ernie Banks jersey and told my Giants fans in my class that the move would seal victory for the Cubs. (As I discussed in earlier columns, Banks has remained my hero since childhood. His death left a huge hole for all of us who loved him. I grew up not far from where Banks lived and my friends and I would see him every week. He actually showed me how to break in the baseball glove I received on Christmas one year).
The Giants were a brilliant team this season and made this a tough win. However, this was an “even year” that did not pan out for the Giants. So, we now head into the championship to face either the Nats or the Dodgers.