I probably should leave well enough alone, but I just want to express my sympathy to the Cub fans. I obviously wasn't upset that they were beaten by the Dodgers, but I don't see how anyone could have anticipated such a shabby display of baseball from the team that was clearly the best in the NL all season. I guess the pressure of trying to end the drought just got to them. I know there have been some bad losses over the years (Bartman, Padres), but I think this has to be the worst since 1968. I know if the Chisox had been the dominant team in the AL all season and then pulled such a total el foldo in the first round of the playoffs, I would probably be contemplating jumping off a bridge.
I have to say, I never truly believed that this year's team would win the World Series. I knew it was a real possibility, but after seeing last year's playoff collapse I was reticent to really believe. What struck me after the first game and a half was how similar this year's playoff team looked to last year's. The breakdown was so complete and the failure was such a team effort that it was impossible not to have deja vu as the hitters swung at every bad pitch and the infielders forgot how to field ground balls early in game 2.
So I'm not really heartbroken, but I am disappointed and a little ashamed at how terribly they performed in the playoffs.
The home crowd did the team no favors after it fell behind in each game. It was so morose I was actually worried that there might be a mass suicide on Addison after the game.
Who knows, they might win the World Series next year, or they might lose 90 games, or they might win 100 games and get swept by another NL West team in the first round. Either way, I'll have to keep up this guarded optimism until they prove to me that they can actually win a playoff game.