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Beechert: Kyle Pulled Early, Much Drama, Cubs Win, Curse Lifted, Joy Reigns
What a Series and what a moment. Cubs fans can rejoice, and also exhale a bit, since 108 years of waiting is finally over. For the first time since 1908, the North Side is home to the champions of baseball.
It was a Game Seven for the ages, engaging enough to keep this neutral observer wide awake from first pitch until the final out was recorded at close to 6 AM Central European Time. While the game was by no means the most cleanly played four-plus hours of baseball that you’ll ever see — Cleveland and Chicago combined to make four errors — it was the most exciting in recent memory. A promising offensive start for the Cubs, which gave Kyle Hendricks ‘12 a 5-1 lead, was partially squandered after manager Joe Maddon inexplicably decided to go to his bullpen two outs into the bottom of the fifth inning.
Maddon’s pitching change was confusing, and it visibly frustrated Hendricks, who, after allowing one run in the third, had rediscovered the dominant form he enjoyed at the outset. Kyle had only thrown 63 pitches when he was pulled, and he could have presumably gone much deeper into the game, especially considering the ease with which he was locating his brilliant stuff and getting quick outs, but Maddon wanted to bring in left-handed ace Jon Lester to face a left-handed batter. Lester, possibly a bit gassed after only two days of rest, promptly allowed two runs to score on a wild pitch. This turn of events was even more difficult to swallow for Cubs (and Dartmouth) fans by the fact that Hendricks, before being removed, had thrown a perfectly located pitch on a two-strike count that, although called a ball by the home plate umpire, should have ended the inning with the score at 5-1.
Despite Maddon’s unfortunate bit of overmanaging, all’s well that ends well. Chicago survived a feisty comeback by the Indians, who tied the game in the eighth on Rajai Davis’ dramatic homer off a fatigued Aroldis Chapman, as well as a brief rain delay before the start of the tenth. The team’s — and the city of Chicago’s — exultation upon recording the final out not long thereafter could be felt an ocean away. Congratulations to the Cubs, and to Kyle, who made his alma mater proud.
Addendum: Only three and a half months until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
- Sunday Morning Sinatra
- The Indian Wars
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