I was listening to the Baseball Prospectus podcast "BP Wrigleycast".
You should listen to it, too because those guys are nerdy Cub Fans just like you, only they're BP guys.
And The Score's Mark Grote was on as a guest.
He said he thought the Cubs were going to the World Series.
It was the first time he said it, at least publicly I guess, and also that he wasn't paid by the Cubs, but rather by a radio station that encourages all kinds of talk about Chicago teams and not necessarily in a nice way.
I've said it here before.
Allowed my brain to wander over to that territory.
It's freaky, isn't it?
The only reason I can do that is basically... Theo Epstien and his band of analytically-yet-also-traditionally-thinking management/scouting/ownership team.
Sure, if I actually got to go to one of the playoff games and ran into The Man With The Owl Eyes, I'd jump off a bridge.
But otherwise, I'm kind of over the goats and black cats.
So talking about our favorite team going to the World Series is kind of a factual conversation piece rather than a jinx.
IT TOOK SO MUCH TO JUST CASUALLY WRITE THAT LIKE I WAS ORDERING A SANDWICH OR SOMETHING.
It's the last off day for the Cubs until the playoffs, so that's what I'm doing today... just let the brain go there.
The Cubs have a magic number of (I think) 2 now for playoff home field advantage.
Their run differential is +239, their defense is perhaps the best we've ever seen in Chicago, the pitching staff is so good that the bullpen can't get any work and the starters could literally be picked out of a hat for what order they go in the playoffs.
There are two legit MVP candidates, two Cy Young candidates, a potential Home Run champ, ERA champ, WAR champ, and Wins champ and a for sure Tag champ.
It's a stretch yet possible that the Cubs will have 3 guys hit 100 RBIs.
To close all that, they have a guy who throws 104.
If you've been a Cub Fan for as long as I have, there has never ever been anything like this team.
And Kyle Schwarber didn't even play.
So yeah, that's my brain wandering around in the town of World Series.
And there are goosebumps all over my arms as I type.
They just swept the Reds, the Cards got creamed 11 - 1 by the Rockies.