Joe Maddon Has Managed His Last Game for the Cubs

Given that ESPN is broadcasting the Wild Card Game, we think they probably should have known this before.

This is the first time the Rockies have advanced to the NLDS since 2009 when they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies. This team just let two different teams come into their home ballpark and celebrate on their field on consecutive nights.

Yet those defeats are distant memories for Cubs' players, many of whom weren't even in the league when they occurred. If Tuesday is any indication, the answer is at least a couple more - just, ultimately, not this postseason. The Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015 to spark a run to the NLCS, which ended at the hands of the New York Mets.


Of course it wasn't, and wild was only the tip of the iceberg of adjectives one could use to describe the Rockies' 2-1 win that spanned two days and almost five hours (an actual historically long postseason contest) and shaved unknowable years off all of our lives. After losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Rockies then boarded a plane and traveled two time zones forward to Chicago for a must-win game the very next day. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado exchanged a memorable hug with Javier Baez after he tagged the excitable Cubs star in the 11th.

Veteran workhorse Jon Lester pitched valiently going six strong innings giving up only one run while striking out nine batters.

Chicago loaded the bases with two outs, getting some help when Drew Butera was called for catcher's interference, but Ottavino struck out pinch-hitter Jason Heyward to end the inning. His in-game decisions have notably been under a magnifying glass in the playoffs, including in the final two games of the World Series in 2016, when overused closer Aroldis Chapman, who faltered late before the Cubs responded to capture their long-awaited championship.


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