If you were watching last night, then you know what this is about.
Top of the 7th.
Freese on first, Cervelli up, 3-2 count and Jake Arrieta on the mound.
Freese breaks for 2nd, Arrieta throws the pitch, young Willson Contreras nails Freese at 2nd.
Arrieta's pitch was low and outside and over the plate - a perfect strike 3.
But the ump called it a ball.
Instead of nobody on and 2 out, it's no outs and 2 on.
Arrieta barks at the ump, Joe Maddon comes out to give the ump a piece of his mind.
Yeah, I know: anything can happen in baseball.
What did happen was Travis Wood came in and struck out Matt Joyce.
Maybe that could have been out #3.
But instead there's still 2 outs and Josh Harrison hits a 2-run double and the Pirates lead 6-3 rather than 4-3.
It's always interesting to think about what would have happened if something else didn't.
Like in 5th grade if Tammy Forrest hadn't literally bumped into me in the hall and I was forced to talk, I would never have had the nerve to ask her to sit next to me on the field trip to Busch Gardens and woulda waited another year for my first chance at holding hands.
All I have to say about last night's Cub Victory is hey, it's awesome that they pulled it out and the Greatest Summer Ever gets another W notch.
But that one little ball call definitely had a domino effect that kept falling until Miggy Montero hit the game-winning single in the bottom of the 13th, and Joe Maddon's gotta deal with who may or may not be available in the pen tonight.
Then again... that's baseball for ya.
And I love it.