World Series Game Seven, 2016

It’s a magical phrase for a sports fan, Game Seven. Just look at all the previous ones from the World Series.

Here you’ll find Grover Cleveland Alexander’s masterful job of relief in 1926, when he entered the game in the seventh inning of Game Seven after winning Game Six the day before and struck out the Yankees’ Tony Lazzeri with the bases loaded to retire the side. You’ll find Dizzy Dean’s 11-0 shutout of the Tigers in 1934, with the left field fans showering Ducky Medwick with bottles after he spiked Mickey Owens in the previous inning. You’ll find Bill Mazeroski’s home run in 1960 and Luis Gonzalez’s bloop single over second base off Mariano Rivera in 2001. And you’ll find Gene Larkin’s single in the 10th inning of the Jack Morris shutout game in 1991.

Cubs at Indians, 8:00PM ET, TV: Fox

The Cubs ask Kyle Hendricks to be the man. He started Game Three, went 4 1/3 innings and gave up six hits but no runs in the eventual 1-0 loss to the Indians. He’ll be opposed by the Indians’ Corey Kluber, who’s already won Games One and Four in this Series for the Tribe. He’ll try to join a very exclusive club of pitchers who’ve won three games in a Series; the last member to join was Randy Johnson of the D-Backs in 2001.

Cubs Lineup:

Indians Lineup:

  • WBBsAs

    Here we all are, waiting for Cubbies tradition to reassert itself.

    • Taking the lead in the 1st is no way for that to happen.

      • WBBsAs

        They just need to embrace their inner Bartman. Seeing Báez throw away an easy play was somewhat encouraging.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Seeing Baez’s HR is even more encouraging.

  • WBBsAs

    Here come the Wahoos!

  • C’mon Indians!

  • WinnipegDave

    Baseball man. That ball hit the lip of grass and changed the whole play. Of course trying to make a bare handed catch and throw is always risky.

    • WBBsAs

      Utley did that in a key play v. the Cubbies, unfortunately.

  • WBBsAs

    Confused Wahoo outfield continues, bad throw by Davis.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cleveland needs to play better if they want to win. Put LeBron in for his D.

  • RBI

    Not to take anything from the Cubbies, but run 5 should have been a strike out instead of a walk, leading to Rizzo’s RBI.

  • RBI

    Hendricks out, Lester in. We’ll see if this is the right decision.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I just got back to the game. Do you think Maddon is overthinking this? Hendricks only had 60 pitches. He had a walk earlier when I was listening — is his control a problem?

      • RBI

        No control problem whatsoever.

      • RBI

        And yes, Maddon definitely overthinking.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I fractured my collarbone on a play like that, playing 1B and trying to get an errant throw.
    Last softball game I played in.

    • WBBsAs

      I broke two ribs in a coed game once, when a woman running to first put her elbows up to protect her head and hit me straight on in the chest.

      • RBI

        Ouch!

        • WBBsAs

          Female on male violence.

  • RBI

    Maddon must be fomenting an ulcer here.

  • RBI

    Some great base running during this series.

    • WBBsAs

      And some sloppy defence.

      • RBI

        Yes, that, too.

  • WBBsAs

    Perspective, not politics:

    The last time the Cubs won a World Series, the Republican Party favored voting rights for African-Americans.— EMAILS! (@mattyglesias) November 3, 2016

    • RBI

      Speaking of ulcers.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        A week from today it will be over. Sort of.
        Doesn’t it seem cruel that Election Day is after Daylight Saving Time goes off . . . and we have to have an extra hour of all this?

        • Another excellent reason to live in Hawai’i, where we don’t observe DST.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Ross Redemption!
    After Baez, they need to make more errors!

    • RBI

      This is such a weird experience for me. I want both teams to win.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I respect the Indians, but I went into the season hoping the Cubs would win if the Dodgers didn’t.
        It’s rare that I’m not rooting AGAINST someone. (Maybe because the Giants aren’t playing. 🙂 )

        • RBI

          I don’t mind having lost to the world champions. And perhaps if they win they won’t be as likely to next year? But I really like the Indians team as well.

  • RBI

    Ross getting one back after helping give up two.

    • Miller not getting the “shutdown inning,” this year’s buzzphrase.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        We can name that tune!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I was going to post that the Indians don’t deserve to be blown out . . . but a couple-run lead would be nice on my nerves!

  • RBI

    It’s only the bottom of the 6th? Wow.

  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — which is why it’s time.
      And hopefully that time is now.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    6 more outs!
    I would put Lester back out there until he gets in trouble.
    I didn’t like Chapman going in last night with the huge lead and if he comes in now and falters, who backs him up?

  • WBBsAs

    A Lester-Chapman meltdown would please me.

  • RBI

    Ump now calling balls strikes, after calling strikes balls…

  • WBBsAs

    You're watching the History Channel. We now return to The Last Time The Cubs Won The World Series: Hitler's Rise To Power— Dollars Horton (@crushingbort) November 3, 2016

  • WinnipegDave

    Interesting to think back to last Dec or Jan when the Dodgers initially tried to trade for Chapman. And now here he is trying to get the last 4 outs to win the World Series.

    He is basically the reason I don’t want the Cubs to win. But I would be happy for Ross to win.

  • RBI

    Giving Indian fans late hope.

    • WinnipegDave

      Too little, too late?

      • RBI

        We shall see!

  • RBI

    Nails getting chewed in the stands.

  • RBI

    I love this game.

    • WinnipegDave

      At its best: Lots of drama. Lots of tension.

      • RBI

        And I wrote that before the HR.

        • WinnipegDave

          Well done!

  • RBI

    Tie game! Tie game!!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Cra-cra.

  • Holy Cow!

    • RBI

      I was Holy Cow for Halloween.

  • RBI

    That was a great great at bat by Davis.

    • WBBsAs

      Pretty good one by Guyer, too.

  • WBBsAs

    Don’t stop now!

  • WinnipegDave

    Miller got dinged and now Chapman. How will this one end?

  • RBI

    Too much Chapman over two games?

    • WinnipegDave

      Absolutely.

    • WBBsAs

      Not quite enough yet.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Madden managed to make sure he won game six, when he actually needed to manage to win games 6 and 7.

  • RBI

    Chapman sweating hard.

  • WinnipegDave

    The pitching changes haven’t gone smoothly tonight.

    • RBI

      That’s for sure.

  • WBBsAs

    Could Brazilian hit the game-winner?

    • WinnipegDave

      Not with swings like the last 2.

  • John_from_Aus

    incredible

  • WinnipegDave

    6/10/3 vs 6/10/0

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Took me a minute to figure that out, Dave — because my birthday is 6/10!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wow.
    Credit to the Indians for making it happen, but this is on Maddon for wasting Chapman last night. He should not have been in there with a 7-2 lead, much less the 9-2 lead. And he started giving up runs last night.
    Go, Blue — go, Cubs!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yep bringing Chapman in for game six did increase their likelihood of winning that game, but only from 90% to 95%. Not sure it was worth it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This is too good of a game/series/Series for it to be decided by weather!

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m sad that Ross is out of the game now.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      His finale.
      Hope he goes out a winner. 🙂

      • WinnipegDave

        Technically, he went out a tie-er. 6-6.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Good point — but no one will remember that.

  • WinnipegDave

    Allen is out of gas. Bring in Shaw.

  • Bob_Hendley

    The Utley rule in application?

  • WinnipegDave

    If this was the Dodgers in this game (as either the team that lost the lead or the team that tied it up), I would be losing my mind a bit.

  • WBBsAs

    Bunting is often stupid, but rarely stupider than that.

  • WinnipegDave

    Big out.

  • RBI

    Whoever wins, a great game seven. But putting Chapman out again?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I didn’t realize the shift and thought that was into the outfield.
    Well, either a walkoff win . . . or extra innings.
    Maddon has NO trust in his bullpen!

  • RBI

    Starting to actually feel sorry for Chapman.

    • WBBsAs

      Not I.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Extras — definitely fitting for this Series.

  • RBI

    Free baseball!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I can’t believe Chapman goes out for another . . . but then i thought he would not’ve been there in the 9th (nor last night’s 9th . . . or 8th . . . ).

  • 1991 was an extra-inning Game 7, I remember. Jack Morris.

  • WinnipegDave

    5th time Game 7 has gone to extras I believe: 2016, 1997, 1991, 1924, 1912

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The TV ratings for this must be astronomical.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Let’s call it and play it all over again!

    • WinnipegDave

      Was it 2008 or 2009 that finished the next day? Rays vs Phillies.

  • RBI

    Rain delay?!?!?! Seriously? To be continued tomorrow?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Guessing at least an hour if not more.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha! Already looks like they are taking the tarp off.

  • RBI

    What else can possible happen?

  • WinnipegDave

    The only thing more fitting would have been this scenario but Boston vs Chicago circa 2003.

  • WinnipegDave

    Who was Chicago’s closer this year before Chapman?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Rondon

      • WBBsAs

        *Rondón

  • WBBsAs

    Joe Buck is a prime example of the power of post-mortem nepotism.

  • WBBsAs

    Making it rain because I don't think Cubs fans have waited long enough. #WorldSeries— Jesus Christ (@Jesus_M_Christ) November 3, 2016

  • RBI

    Here we go.

  • RBI

    That’s one way to advance the runner.

  • RBI

    Very smart base running again.

  • RBI

    If this was our team, I’d have to be on sedatives.

    • WinnipegDave

      And you could be referring to the Dodgers subbing in for either team!

      • RBI

        Exactly.

  • RBI

    That run has a lot to do with that pinch runner moving to second.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And Schwarber getting the hit — what a story he’s been!

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe the Dodgers should have signed Zobrist last off season. Ain’t hindsight great?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He won in blue last year . . . hopefully this year . . .
      Dodger Blue in the future?

      • WinnipegDave

        That put me in mind of Don Baylor who went to the WS 3 years in a row with 3 different teams. He lost with the Red Six in 1986, won with the Twins in 1987, and lost with the A’s in 1988.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha! I had “won lost with the Red Sox in 1986.” Which is as about as true as it comes.

          • Kenny Lofton had some kind of playoff streak going toward the end of his career, as I recall. I know he played for a bunch of teams one year at a time after his first few years in the bigs.

  • WinnipegDave

    If Chicago holds this lead then Chapman gets the win. Yuck.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Montero is now the designated bases loaded hitter.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cleveland staring down another extra inning Game 7 WS loss.

  • WinnipegDave

    Imagine Pedro Baez in this spot? That would be fun.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Another rain delay?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This game reminds me of the classic “Peanuts” strip about sports, which recently ran again:
    http://www.peanuts.com/search/?pubdate=10%2F23%2F2016&sort_by=bydate&seasonal=&selectcharacter=&keyword=&type=comic_strips#.WBq-p2orI4d

  • WinnipegDave

    Need a bloop (or a walk) and another blast from Davis!

  • WBBsAs

    Can Rajai repeat?

    • WinnipegDave

      Sorta.

  • WBBsAs

    Now for a walkoff!

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh good. I was concerned there wouldn’t be another pitching change to sit through again this baseball season. Thanks Joe Madden.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ha!

  • WinnipegDave

    Ugh. Congratulations Cubs.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Very valuable ball that Rizzo stuck in his back pocket.

  • WinnipegDave

    So – who do people like for 2017?

    • RBI

      Ha! Us!

  • WBBsAs

    Again, for a sense of perspective:

    Sorry I'm stoned, I meant to say "end of the World Series." The world doesn't actually end until next Tuesday.— Jesus Christ (@Jesus_M_Christ) November 3, 2016

    • WinnipegDave

      Inappropriate.

      • WBBsAs

        No, it’s ironic.

  • WBBsAs

    Millions Of Drunk Cubs Fans Rioting In Heaven Following World Series Win https://t.co/OAR6a4wsMl #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/WIupIiNJky— The Onion (@TheOnion) November 3, 2016

  • RBI

    That was one heckuva game.

    • WBBsAs

      It had its moments, but very sloppy. It’s fair to say the Cubbies were baseball’s best team this year, but they’re still a disappointment.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    One of the greatest miniseries in television history.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Final assist by Las Vegan Kris Bryant.
    Most Valuable Call — Heyward’s players-only meeting during the rain delay.

  • WinnipegDave

    The run differential in this series was 0.
    27 runs for and 27 runs against. Just wish there were a few more close games.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      It was close enough at the end!

  • Bob_Hendley

    So Theo has a couple of curses on his belt.

    • WinnipegDave

      Maybe he should go to Seattle or Houston – etc next.

      • Bob_Hendley

        We were cursed by Fox!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The season which saw the retirement of a legend — Vinny . . . and a curse — on the Cubs . . . is over.
    What a way to cap it all!

  • WinnipegDave

    Night all. Maybe next year the team we all want to win will come through.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      What a nicer way to end it all!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Some more good news:
    “In a move that could shake up the three-year-old stalemate over carriage of L.A. Dodgers games, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit on Wednesday accusing DirecTV of colluding with competitors in negotiations with Time Warner Cable.”
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/Sued-over-Dodgers/ar-AAjM3Jc

  • What a game that was. Phew.

  • WBBsAs

    It was an interesting game, with a few exciting moments, but nevertheless a disappointing result.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I would venture to say that it’s completely disappointing only to Indians fans . . . and disciples of schadenfreude.

      • WBBsAs

        The Cubbies were deserving winners, but the Series on the whole was lackluster and Game Seven was truly sloppy on both sides.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          “Sloppy” to you — and it wasn’t perfect, but “best ever” to many writers (not posters).

          • WBBsAs

            Two runs scored on wild pitch, good relievers coughing it up, infield and outfield misplays – all detracted from what could have been a truly memorable game.

  • NPUT

  • Here’s a lovely tale of mourning and celebration in Chicago.

  • Look closely at Kris Bryant’s face here. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player do this while fielding a ball.