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Old 10-23-2016, 10:02 PM   #501
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Come on, no need for he aww shucks stuff now.
Cubs have been favorites to win the World Series since last November.
They won 103 games. They are prohibitive favorites in Vegas to win the series and rightly so.
If the Indians are healthy, the Cubs are by far the better team, but the Indians are missing their #2 and #3 starters.
The only drama here is do the Cubs sweep or does Cleveland steal a game.
Ehhhh... The way Cleveland's bullpen has been going, I'm not totally sold. Chicago is still the favorites, without a doubt... but they are still susceptible to the strikeout, so if that bullpen can pitch the way it did against Toronto I wouldn't rule Cleveland out
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:58 PM   #502
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I have bad news for all of you.

They were never cursed. They just sucked a lot.

Yes, you hit the nail on the head. They sucked a lot for a LONG time. The only curse that existed was when someone yelled "Fuck!" when they did something awful.

The Cubs' time is now and when the euphoria of finally returning to the World Series wears off they NEED to win or this season won't mean jack shit.
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Old 10-24-2016, 03:14 AM   #503
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It's not a popular opinion, but I really think the Indians are winning this. Their pitching staff is more reliable from top to bottom than anything the Cubs have seen all playoffs, Kershaw aside, and, as Headache mentioned, the Cubs' propensity to strike out could be very problematic. Starting off in Cleveland gives the Indians a good opportunity to seize momentum early and get the Cubs on their heels.

That being said, the Cubs have the stronger roster from top to bottom and a superior lineup (though, lest we forget, Cleveland was 5th in runs this year). It's rational to view them as favorites. I'm just not feeling confident in them when Cleveland has been an absolute juggernaut over the past month, head and shoulders above the competition the Cubs faced in the playoffs up to this point. The Giants and Dodgers were resilient and boast some great players, but those were deeply flawed teams. The Dodgers were middle-of-the-pack offensively this season and the Giants had been a mess since August.
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The Cubs are the best team in baseball, but Cleveland has all the hallmarks of the "Red Hot Playoff Team Who Wins It All." This should be a good series.
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The Cubs are the best team in baseball, but Cleveland has all the hallmarks of the "Red Hot Playoff Team Who Wins It All." This should be a good series.
This basically sums it up for me.
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Old 10-24-2016, 07:24 PM   #506
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Cubs in 6.


The jinx is on.
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:36 PM   #507
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Speaking of jinxes: I had a $100 roundtrip ticket to Wrigley next weekend basically in my hands three weeks ago, but I decided that if I bought it, I'd basically be fucking the team over, so I let it go. Friday, I looked up tickets and saw that it was still only $100. I thought to myself, well, hell, I could just wait a few hours, and then buy it and if they lose tomorrow, get the 24-hour refund. But I was still afraid of jinxing it, so I didn't buy the ticket. And of course, the next day, immediately after the game ends, I look at the ticket's up to $300.

Is it insane for me to want to go be in Wrigleyville next weekend? I'm trying to decide today if I'm going to do it or not. I have a friend who lives near the train who is cool with me staying at his place for the weekend. I have no illusions of going to the games themselves, I just want to be around should they manage to do it in 5.

Of course, they could get swept and the whole thing be a huge crushing disappointment.

And of course, there's the possibility of me being miserable because it's so crowded.

IDK. It's crazy to want to go, right?

Talk me out of this, people.
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It will be a madhouse.
I've read about all the places in Wrigleyville implementing cover charges during the NLCS, which will only go up for the WS.
Save your money, watch on TV in warm California.
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Speaking of jinxes: I had a $100 roundtrip ticket to Wrigley next weekend basically in my hands three weeks ago, but I decided that if I bought it, I'd basically be fucking the team over, so I let it go. Friday, I looked up tickets and saw that it was still only $100. I thought to myself, well, hell, I could just wait a few hours, and then buy it and if they lose tomorrow, get the 24-hour refund. But I was still afraid of jinxing it, so I didn't buy the ticket. And of course, the next day, immediately after the game ends, I look at the ticket's up to $300.

Is it insane for me to want to go be in Wrigleyville next weekend? I'm trying to decide today if I'm going to do it or not. I have a friend who lives near the train who is cool with me staying at his place for the weekend. I have no illusions of going to the games themselves, I just want to be around should they manage to do it in 5.

Of course, they could get swept and the whole thing be a huge crushing disappointment.

And of course, there's the possibility of me being miserable because it's so crowded.

IDK. It's crazy to want to go, right?

Talk me out of this, people.
Go. One day you'll regret not being there. It's usually a cliche, but this is literally a once-in-a-lifetime event and if I were in your situation, I'd be on the first plane there, debt be damned.
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Schwarber is risen.

I call him Arnold Schwarbsenegger.
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Wow that's a bit of a shocker. Not sure how good he'll be having not played in so long, but he's certainly a threat if he gets hold of one
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I'm going for 4 and (potential) 5...we'll see how this goes.
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It's kinda amazing that Cleveland will be raising an NBA Championship Banner and opening a World Series on the same night, right across the street from one another
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We must be living in the bizarro universe all of a sudden.
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Is it insane for me to want to go be in Wrigleyville next weekend? I'm trying to decide today if I'm going to do it or not. I have a friend who lives near the train who is cool with me staying at his place for the weekend. I have no illusions of going to the games themselves, I just want to be around should they manage to do it in 5.
Willingly going to Wrigleyville is never a good idea IMO.
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Wow that's a bit of a shocker. Not sure how good he'll be having not played in so long, but he's certainly a threat if he gets hold of one
I thought this was an interesting look at it: Schwarber coming back to DH gives them more flexibility in finding ways around using Heyward.

https://theringer.com/cubs-2016-worl...ac6#.bjdbc6veg
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Kluber and Miller are untouchable right now.

The Cubs ought to have a better shot at Trevor Bauer, but Arrieta has been shaky since June.
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Miller looked very touchable. Just didn't capitalize.
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I respect the shit out of the move to bring up Schwarber. Cubs are better with his bat in the lineup. Indians look kinda nasty, though. Have that look to them. This is gonna be a good one. I also am drunk.
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Someone catch me up. I know this is catharsis for Cubs fans (my condolences on today's result), I know Ashley must support the Cubs not the Bears because she's been posting things on FB, GAF are you Cubs? Can one of the two of you explain to me in personal terms how amazing this is? I feel it, because less than a month ago a cursed underdog won our highest honour, but I'd like to hear from Cubs fans about this experience.


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