As exciting as the Cubs’ NLDS win over the Giants was for fans, it wasn’t quite as enjoyable for Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander – at least from a work perspective. Game 3 did not end until roughly 3 a.m. ET, and the Cubs scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Dodgers in Game 4.
“Look, I’m a writer, so from a writer’s perspective, those are two of the worst games I have ever covered in my life,” Telander said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “All you want are routs so you know what’s going to happen so you can write about it. Your deadline’s coming, you got five minutes (to file it). So that game, I wish I could have appreciated it, but I had to take my entire column that I had written and just dump it and write a whole new one as fast as I possibly could, which is just mostly gibberish.”
Cubs fans, of course, will forgive Telander. They’re just happy the Cubs are in the NLCS for the second straight season. Even more impressive, they put an end to the Giants’ even-year dominance.
“The Giants’ downfall the whole year was not having a closer,” Telander said. “They don’t have Aroldis Chapman. The Cubs went out and bought a guy, rented a closer for the year. They won’t have him back next year, but the guy throws 103, 104 mile per hour – and routinely 101 and 102 – and they got him. The Giants just don’t have that. They knew that was a weakness, and that’s how they lost.”
Indeed, the Giants ran through five relievers in the ninth inning of Game 4. The Cubs just needed Chapman, who struck out the side for the series-clinching win.
Cubs fans better enjoy Chapman now – because he’s likely gone in the offseason.
“It seems that way,” Telander said. “I don’t know the exact structure of his contract. Obviously it depends on how far the Cubs go, but if they were to go to the World Series, if they were to win it, the price on a guy like Chapman would be astronomical. He likely will not be back next year.”