TELANDER: Cubs show they’re in it for the long haul
WASHINGTON — Get the ski goggles out and keep ’em out!
The champagne was flying Thursday night after the Cubs won a crazy Game 5 of the NLDS that lasted about as long as their impending 3,000-mile plane trip from here to Los Angeles will.
Was there doubt?
Yes, there was.
When your solid starting pitcher, Kyle Hendricks, gives up five hits, including two home runs, and four runs in the second inning, you have to figure it might not be the Cubs’ night.
Maybe winning the World Series last year was enough for the franchise, and it was time for everybody to head for beaches and watch the rest of the tournament on TV, umbrella drinks in hand.
That all seemed possible early on. It seemed possible late, as the tension wore on and on.
The Cubs were behind, then ahead, then way ahead, then threatened with doom as the Nationals chipped away at the lead.
It all ended with the 9-8 victory, and the move-on to a second straight NLCS against the Dodgers starting Saturday.
But this game — oh, man, there was nothing the managers and pitching coaches and catchers and infielders and umpires couldn’t meet and talk about, through all the drama, on and …read more
Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports