December 5, 2020

Pic & Poem of the Week: October 23, 2016

Chicago Cubs players celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs won 5-0 to win the series and advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Note: This poem is written from the viewpoint of the opposing team. The Chicago Cubs won the pennant four times from 1906-1910, often frustrating the Giants along the way. Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance were the remarkably talented infield double-play combination for the Cubs.

Russell to Baez to Rizzo doesn’t have quite the same ring, but it has been just as effective here in 2016. Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs, who will return to the World Series for the first time since 1945.

Go Cubs Go!!!

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Baseball’s Sad Lexicon
by Franklin Pierce Adams

These are the saddest of possible words:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Making a Giant hit into a double—
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”




  1. Hey, CM, in your honor, I watched my first baseball game in decades this evening. And what a game it was! Loved it. I’ll be watching the World Series next week, and cheering for the Cubbies! Even though (or maybe because) I lived for three years in Cleveland.

  2. CM, normally I would be rooting for the NL team, in this case the Cubs, but my boyhood team, the Indians, with their politically INCORRECT mascot, Chief Wahoo, are going to be the AL entrant to the series. I’m hoping for a great series AND an Indians win, but if the Cubs DO come out on top then I know that one of us will be happy.

    Good Luck to BOTH teams!

  3. It’s not the infield where the Cubs are superior to the Indians. Hard to beat Ramirez, Lindor, and Kipnis( I know Rizzo wins at first base). Now in the outfield and starting pitching the Cubs beat the Indians. The Indians bullpen is very good. Like most World Series, it will probably be someone not regarded in the top of their position who makes the difference. Those fans with “a sense of personal insignificance compensated by egregious group egoism” will need another scapegoat by the end of this series.

  4. Never knew what that phrase was about. Very well done ( and so are my Texas Rangers). Now you have an untenable situation – two teams of destiny though Cleveland’s curse was more a citywide thing amongst all the teams and Lebron and the Cavs have broken that so the Cubbies seem to hold the edge as compelling destiny stories go. Should be a good one this year. Thanks for the poem!

  5. Christiane says

    Well, last night all I heard about in sports news was the legendary ‘Curse of the Billy Goat’. So I looked it up. Wow.

  6. Since the local team, the Giants, failed to pull themselves up by their cleat-laces 🙁
    I suppose I will have to root for the Cubs…