NL Wild Card Play-In – Colorado Rockies vs Chicago Cubs
Prof: I stayed up listening to this game on the radio until 1:10 am EST. I’m exhausted. Even though I am a Cubs fan, I was actually kind of rooting for the Rockies, mostly because of the story. And the (Trevor) Story. This was basically two games in one; the first, a shootout between two excellent pitchers. Jon Lester and Kyle Freeland were both absolutely dealing, and both did their teams a great service. It soon became a series of crazy moves and outweirding the other manager in both dugouts. For some reason, Joe Maddon sat Anthony Rizzo and replaced him with speedy Terrance Gore, who stole second and tied the game when Javier Baez drove him in late during regulation.
Afterwards, it came an ever-increasing series of bizarre moves, weird plays, wild pitches, quirks, and jaw-dropping WTFs deep into the thirteenth inning, the longest Wild Card game in MLB history. Most notably, a play in which Javy Baez and Nolan Arenado full on hugged each other on the base path. Yeah, it was as odd as you could imagine.
The Cubs quickly ran out of position players thanks to double switches and the aforementioned Rizzo benching, and started to cannibalize their actual starting rotation, starting with Cole Hamels, who did yeoman’s work. Maddon then moved onto Kyle Hendricks, who would have been a starter had the Cubs gone onto Milwaukee. But I guess to get to the NLDS you have to win this game, so out the Little Professor went.
Bud Black, in the visiting dugout, decided he could do some boneheaded B.S. too, but his boneheaded b.s. wasn’t as costly as Maddon’s was.
Eventually, it came down to exhaustion, nerves, desperation, and as usual for these kind of games, the backup catcher. This time, the hero of the day was Tony Wolters, the third string backstop for the Rox. It was his hit that drove home the winning run and ended this game that lasted five hours in reality but about fifteen years in my head.
Our final score? Rockies 2, Cubs 1
Colorado goes to Milwaukee to play a rested Brew Crew at Miller Park, while Chicago lost two one-off games with playoff implications back to back nights at home. That has to hurt.
Did any of you guys watch or listen to this game? What are your thoughts?