Utterly incredible. That’s the only way to sum up what happened at Wrigley Field in the eighth inning last night. If you missed it, the Cubs were up 3-0, five outs from their first World Series since 1945, and ace Mark Prior was destroying the Marlins. A pop-up down the left field line is grabbed by a Cubs fan just before Moises Alou could catch it, Alex Gonzalez commits his first error in months, and next thing you know, the Fish have scored eight runs in the inning. How very Cubs!
Given our proximity to Chi-town, there is an especially high number of Cubs bandwagoners here. So it’s even more satisfying to watch them flame out than normal. It’s hard for me to imagine the Cubs coming back from this tonight, but Kerry Wood is on the mound.
In the ALCS, to fit the plan, John Burkett will find a way to beat Andy Pettite this afternoon so that Pedro Martinez can blow game seven. It’s just the way the Red Sox operate.