And so on this day, September 15, In the Year of Our Lord 2016, the Chicago Cubs will have to wait at least another day to clinch the National League Central division. Yet, they can pretty much just relax and stay healthy up until October…just like they have been doing since after the All-Star break.
And how about Mike Montgomery tying the game up after an uncharacteristic hiccup let the Brewers go ahead?
Alas, some defensive miscues and unlucky hits that found grass meant that the Cubs would have to wait for the Giants to try to beat the Cardinals. Not that there aren’t like 20 more chances to win just one game to clinch, but it’d be nice to get it out of the way, eh?
It almost seems like a fantasy that more than two weeks before the end of the regular season, the Cubs can continue to experiment and figure out who to put on the October roster, as well as line up their trio of Cy Young candidates while giving their dual MVP candidates meaningful reps without overextending them. But this is what we’ve been waiting for ever since Theo Epstein took over. This is what we deserve for being so patient and hopeful. This is for us, Cubs fans. The clinch will happen. It was the plan all along.
UPDATE 9/16 7:00 AM: And yay, verily, on the morning of September 16 (since the Cardinals were defeated in San Francisco during Friday Central Time), the Cubs did in fact clinch the Central:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 16, 2016
It took a few hours longer than expected, but now the Cubs really can coast to the finish. And a good thing too, because the weather this afternoon doesn’t look all that favorable to baseball. Nice to get this out of the way so we don’t have to wait out a potential rain delay or postponement!