Like many of you, I'm gonna be walking around in a daze for a bit.
I almost titled this: Cubs are going to the World Series. I see dead people.
And I'm not even sure why.
Um, Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs not only beat Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, they beat 'em up.
Mopped the floor.
The Dodgers were a tomato can - nobody wearing Dodger blue even got beyond first base.
In a pitching matchup made in heaven with all these cool tangents: kid vs veteran, no velocity vs velocity, ERA leader (as if that's just a marginal stat) vs the Best Pitcher In Baseball, skinny Professor vs Greek God... the gawky nube kicked Kershaw's ass.
Everybody wants to compare Hendricks to Greg Maddux.
The most obvious comparison is kind of noted in the illustration above.
Walking off the field after by far the biggest performance of his 26 years, he timidly waved and hardly looked up.
Like he was embarrassed by the adoring, raucous crowd.
The day Maddux won his 310th vs the Red Sox, he went 6 2/3 innings with 7 hits and 3 runs and also hit a homer.
Other Cubs had to push him out for a curtain call, and it looked like this:
He wasn't really comfy in the limelight, either.
Anyway, the game started with an Andrew Toles single.
But before you could experience any gas pains, Corey Seager hit a grounder to NLCSCO-MVP Javier Baez, who tagged Toles and threw out Seager in the same gorgeous, fluid motion.
Dexter Fowler led off the bottom 1st with a double.
I guess I could stop there, because that pretty much means the Cubs were gonna win.
But then I wouldn't get to tell you that Kris Bryant singled Fowler in, then Anthony Rizzo smacked (there was serious noise made off Kershaw) one to left that fell out of Toles' glove.
With guys on 2nd and 3rd, Ben Zobrist sac flied Bryant in, and it was 2-0 Cubs in the first.
You pretty much know how it went after that.
Fowler knocked in Russell, who had doubled to lead off the bottom of the 2nd, and by the time Kyle Hendricks struck out to end it, Kershaw had thrown I think 42 or 43 pitches.
That's what the Cubs do, even to guys we think are gods.
Then... Willson Contreras hit a homer.
Rizzo hit a homer.
Because Hendricks was dealin', it wasn't until the top of the 6th that Chase Utley got his 2nd at bat, a groundout, and since they hit for him in the 9th I'm kinda thinking that grounder may be the last of his career.
That was mean, sorry.
With the Cubs up 5-0 and 1 out in the 8th, Reddick singles and Joe Maddon takes Hendricks out.
88 pitches, 6 Ks, no BBs and 2 hits.
That illustration is what he looked like walking off.
I admit it, I made that blubbering noise that could easily have evolved to actual tears but instead the TV cut to about 20 commercials in a row and I was robbed of hearing Aroldis Chapman's "Wake Up" entrance music which pissed me off.
Got a buncha texts right then filled with Chapman angst, but dude that game was so over.
On a double play, it turned out.
Cubs 5 Dodgers zeero.
Jon Lester was named series co-MVP along with the earlier noted Mr. Baez.
And then my neighbor Garry the Horse Cop had fun for the rest of the night helping keep the peace in Wrigleyville.
Now, we just hang out for a couple days to watch the Cubs play the Indians in the World Series.
Come on, man.
What's another couple days?