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Chicago would still need to run off 3 in a row to take home a WS title, but winning the 1st one of those is now done. Cleveland takes solace in knowing no more Jon Lester.

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Cubs fans finally got their wish...that one thing they have been dreaming of most passionately for at least 48 hours. They their long-hoped for wish that the Cubs would get the hell out of Wrigley Field. By winning a tight Game 5 by the score of 3-2 behind (nostly) Jon Lester and Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs survive to see a Game 6. The bad news is that it's in Cleveland.

Although MLB hasn't posted things yet, we can imagine a Jake Arrieta tomorrow for Chicago and, if it goes that far, Kyle Hendricks on Wednesday for all the marbles.

Have some off-day, Halloween, World Series Links:

(h/t for this image to reddit)

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World Series Orgy Time

After losing Games 3 and 4 at Wrigley, ticket prices for Game 5 plummeted. Why people would think to turn their backs on a Jon Lester outing is beyond me. Oh, wait. No it's not. World Series prices are driven by bandwagonners. And those people probably cannot even spell "Jon"...........But, still, $850 is a discount for standing room only to see this?..........

Joe Maddon is actually counting on John lackey to be a hot head on the mound. Joe wants that "edginess". I'd go for a little less edginess and a little lower playoff ERA............

Terry Francona was kinda excited thinking about a WS win. The night before Game 5 he couldn't sleep, so he called down to the kitchen for some late night dessert. $44 bucks worth. My hero..........Cleveland RF Lonnie Chisenhall probably had the same kind of sleep problem, but probably ordered the pizza instead of the ice cream............

Nothing says "We Are Playoff Family" quite like graffiti...............

Braxton Miller, wide receiver for the Houston Texans, is doing some deep World Series trolling of Kyle Schwarber...........

Have you noticed that the broadcast announcers aren't doing much commentary anymore concerning the bad calls behind the plate? I have. I think they have flat out given up. There are enough other thing to point out and follow and the ball/strike umpiring has just been embarrassing. You should look at the PITCHf/x charts for these games. Horrible. A compilation of all the missed calls will be brutal...........

When Joe Maddon called in Aroldis Chapman last night, High Heat Stats dropped a major playoff bullpen troll tweet..........

One of the sadder things about a sporting championship event is that we get bandwagon reporters, too. People who ask the dumbest questions. Questions such as whether the World Series should have one single standard for play, DH or non-DH. And they ask this of the Commissioner............

You probably saw this play last night, yeah?

Did it look familiar to anybody? No? Maybe not old enough? Here is a clue:

Hot Doug's at Wrigley Field was trying to bring the "A" game on their hot dog menu. But, really. Come on, Chicago. That "The Frank Chance" dog needs to be chorizo and not Vienna Polish Sausage if you want to be pairing it up with those condiments...........

An un-scientific survey of the most popular Cubs jerseys to be found this WS at Wrigley Field. Only 1 Marty McFly?Such disappointment............

If the Big Games in the playoffs are trending longer and longer, maybe we should consider cutting back on commercial time, no? On Saturday, we actually came back from commercial break in the midst of an at-bat............

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Our 2017 left fielder, Jefry Marte, got himself noticed for his second half surge. He would make a decent fantasy sleeper to get rich in a later round selection. Especially if you are the only Halo fan in your league.............

Over the weekend Billy Eppler picked up Abel De Los Santos off the waiver wire from the Reds. And he let Bret Oberholtzer join Team DFA in order to open up the slot for De Los Santos. DLS is young, and can be considered the first off-season move of Eppler to stock a viable bullpen. Expect a lot of this before we get to Spring Training...........

The Ricketts. owning family of the Cubs, is looking to springboard the competitive beast and WS contender they have built into the creation of their own Regional Sports Network. I find this to be rather unimaginative. It's sharp thinking from 5 years ago. Technology is changing so fast that by the time we get to the year 2020, when Ricketts can first launch any such thing, RSN's might probably be the wrong go to market scheme for live sports content...........

We all knew this kind of information was coming. Over the weekend the autopsy information was released and Jose Fernandez was found to be at twice the legal limit of alcohol in his bloodstream on the afternoon of his fatal boat wreck. I am not going to dwell on this too much, because I still recall learning from the Adenhart incident that it's possible for blood alcohol content to rise when tested hours after the time of death. When I read that back then, it came across as some kind of post-mortem fermentation that can skew results. So I can hold out hope that those results were not truly how bad off Fernandez was while on that boat. But there is another aspect of the report. Fernandez also has cocaine in his system. When Fernandez dies, on September 25th, the regular season was not even over. So here we have an MLB player chasing trails in-season, merely because his last turn int he rotation was over. To me, that speaks volumes about how the MLB testing program is not something that experienced pro players actually fear. Fernandez had to know that he was not at risk of any "random" test for at least the subsequent 4 days (assuming he was not a chronic cocaine user, which would extend that time frame). And it can be assumed that the night of his death might not have been the first time Fernandez snorted cocaine. He just wasn't caught. He was never caught. The coroner caught him, but MLB never did. Guess what? MLB testing ain't shit, and Fernandez ain't the only evidence we have of this............

This is a tiny step forward. Don Wakamatsu, not just another White Insider Dude, is a candidate for both the Rockies opening and the Diamondbacks opening. It's kind of a tiny step backward at the same time, though, as Wakamatsu does represent even more recycling of the same inventory of deck chairs............

Looking for something to add to your Christmas wish list? How about starting pitcher Shohei Otani from Japan, who is now expected to be posted?..........

Tim Tebow got a couple of hits, and no longer has the worst Batting Average in the AFL. Now the worst BA in teh AFL belongs to Kevin Cron, C.J.'s little brother..........

Hmmm....ESPN was believed to have lost another 1.9 million cord-cutters, which could be a huge drop and major indicator of content consumption trends. Well, we can't be letting facts get in the way of the publishing of numbers, now, can we? ESPN complained. Loudly. And so Nielsen, which posted those results, have taken down their data and are looking into making some adjustments. Smells like what the government does with employment statistics............

The Oakland A's and what's left of the band Smash Mouth got into a twitter war last night. Typically for the A's, Oakland couldn't prevent their inner asshat from coming out and blew their late lead..........

Jose Bautista is rumored to be on the verge of turning down a Toronto Qualifying Offer and testing the FA waters. Remember, that QO is going to be a guaranteed $17.2 million. And Bautista is gonna be 36 years old, coming off a season where he only played in 116 games and saw his worst Slugging Percentage in a decade. This has the familiar odor of Ian Desmond...........




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