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Cubs in must win game vs. Mets

Wrigley Field on Cubs Opening Day (Photo by Emily O'Connor)
By John Dempsey, WLS News
(CHICAGO) The Chicago Cubs are on the brink of elimination tonight as they play game four of the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field.
The Mets have a three games to none lead after winning  game three Tuesday night.  New York second baseman Daniel Murphy tied a major league record by homering in his fifth straight postseason game in leading the Mets past the Cubs 5-2.
New York pitcher Jason deGrom allowed just two runs on four hits, striking out seven Cubs in seven innings.
The lone bright spot for the Cubs was Kyle Schwarber’s home run in the first inning, his fifth homer of the postseason, setting a Cubs franchise record.
Cubs Manager Joe Maddon told reporters he has a simple message for his team. “Win on Wednesday.   It’s just about tomorrow.  Of course we have to win four in a row absolutely, but I want us just to concentrate on tomorrow’s game, that’s it”
Maddon also says he does not plan on delivering a Knute Rockne-style emotional speech before game 4.  “I don’t really have team meetings, I don’t believe in em.   For me to stand up and give a speech has nothing to do with tomorrow at all. Our guys know how to come prepared to play.  I expect the same thing tomorrow
Only one team has ever come back from a three games to none deficit to win a playoff series.  That team was the 2004 Boston Red Sox, whose general manager was current Cubs Baseball Operations President Theo Epstein.   Epstein says the Cubs are still alive.  “It’s been done before, rumor has it.   We can do it.   We’ve done it before.  We get hot, we get really hot, we can do it”
Epstein says the Cubs have actually had winning streaks of four or more games on nine different occasions this season.
Jason Hammel pitches for the Cubs tonight against the Mets Steven Matz.

Cubs Fever Hits City Hall

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By Bill Cameron, WLS News


(CHICAGO) Mayor Emanuel is talking about the big Cubs-Mets series for the National League pennant.

Emanuel, the Cubs fan you’ve been seeing in the stands behind home plate at Wrigley Field lately, says he doesn’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but the Cubs did beat the Mets seven out of seven during the regular season.

Listen to Bill Cameron’s report for WLS News radio:

As for correcting the Cubs collapse to the Mets in 1969 he says, “It’s a way to prepare for what’s going to happen now which is the good game of revenge,” Emanuel said. “We’re going to settle the score.”

But then the mayor changed his mind.

“What important is not about 1969, what’s important is what’s happening in 2015.”

So take your pick, 1969 is and isn’t important.

@ 2015 WLS News

Ticket Info: Cubs set to play Mets for National League Pennant

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Courtesy Photo

By John Dempsey, WLS News

(CHICAGO)  The stage is set for the Cubs and New York Mets in the next round of the playoffs.

After the Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in Game 5 of their division series Thursday night, they will move on to play the Cubs in the National League Championship Series.

Game one is Saturday night at 7:07 at Citi Field in New York.

The series will rekindle memories of the collapse of the Cubs in 1969, the year the Mets won the World Series.   That Cubs team blew a nine and a half game lead they had against the Mets on August 14th of that year, to finish in second place to the eventual World Series champions by eight games.

Games three, four, and if necessary game five, will be played next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Wrigley Field.   Ticket broker Max Waisvisz of Gold Coast Tickets told Jonathan Brandmeier on WLS this series will be big, because so many older Cub fans can’t get 1969 out of their minds.  “It’s anywhere going from like 500 dollars up to a couple grand I mean it’s a big series, I mean it’s New York in Chicago, I mean Cub fans think about the 1969 Mets, back in the day.”

Waisvisz says prices start at 350 dollars for standing room, 35 hundred for front row near the dugouts.