Congratulations, Chicago Cubs!

Congrats, Cubs

By William Coppola — Special to The Bronx Chronicle

 

Cubs vs Indians World Series, Game 1 Tuesday, October 25, 8:08 PM on FOX Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Cubs vs Indians: World Series, Game 1, Tuesday, October 25, 8:08 PM on FOX
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Forget about all the excuses of the past. These Chicago Cubs are for real and if they play like the talented baseball team that they are, the championship will come to Wrigley Field finally.
What a pitching statement made by Kyle Hendricks on Saturday night. With 88 pitches, 57 for strikes, the Dodgers weren’t even close as he mixed 81 to 82 circle change-ups and 91 to 92 sinkers with deadly accuracy.

 

Andrew Tole led off the first inning with a base hit and was erased on a double play.  And that was it until the top of the 8th inning. Kendricks gave up a one-out out hit and left the game with a line score of two- hits, 0 runs, no walks and six strikeouts. The Cubs pitching combination of Kendricks for seven and a third innings and Aroldis Chapman, in for a rare  two-thirds innings, faced the minimum of 27 batters as both hits were erased with double plays.

 

Wow, that is a statement and then some.
I was happy to hear the Cubs Owner Joe Ricketts thank his staff and all the fans while accepting the Warren C. Giles trophy as the new National league champs. But I give  GM Theo Epstein all the credit for this one. I like that Epstein thanked all the scouts that have worked tirelessly to find the players for him. The city of Chicago will erect a statue of him if the Cubs win the World Series.

 

But that’s easier said than done. Is it a team of destiny or will they break the hearts of so many once again. For now the sun shines bright on Wrigley Field even at this late hour. The bars will stay open in celebration until tomorrow morning. Thousands will joyfully sing the Cubs song for a few days and new fans like a Brian Livingston, Jr. or a Joe Schmoe from New Jersey, who have never even been to Chicago, will jump on the band wagon putting their Yankee and Mets hats in the closet for a few weeks. So enjoy it Tuesday night and for the next week or two.

 

Cubs fans, when the World Series begins in Cleveland on Tuesday the nail-biting will start up again. Also, don’t forget the Los Angeles Dodgers as they gave us some great moments this post-season. Too bad, they left Brooklyn.

 

The Cubs 108- year old World Series drought cannot equal what the Dodgers did to their loyal fans when they left for ‘Tinsel Town’. Glad the Cubs beat them. Gee, to think my therapist said I was over that Brooklyn thing. Guess I’ll have to talk to her about that.

 

Seriously, I am glad the Cubs are in the World Series. Congratulations, Chicago.

 

Editor’s Note:  William Coppola just completed his 40th year in the game of baseball. He has been a coach, instructor and last week completed his third season as an associate advanced scout with the Atlanta Braves organization.