The Chicago Cubs celebrated their first playoff berth since 2008 with fans at Wrigley Field on Saturday
The Chicago Cubs lost on Saturday afternoon, but that didn’t mean that a celebration wasn’t in order. The night before, the San Francisco Giants suffered a loss and the Cubs effectively clinched a postseason berth. With the Giants game concluding late at night, the Cubs had to wait until Saturday afternoon to celebrate with their fans.
Even after being shutout by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, the Cubs were more than willing to pop open the champagne and let loose with their fans who have been perpetually waiting for “next year:”
The joy and relief of making it to the playoffs is incredibly palpable in that moment within the confines. After all, this is a team that has suffered through five consecutive losing seasons and hasn’t been to the postseason since 2008; it’s not hard to imagine why their energy is so high after clinching.
Joe Maddon and his young, talented group of Cubs will likely be a wildcard team in the postseason and, if the standings hold how they look now, they will face the Pirates in the one-game wild-card playoff. If that winds up being the case, they’ll be looking for their first postseason win since 2003 to advance to the Divisional Series. In short, there’s still a lot of work ahead of the Cubs.
As for now, the players and fans alike deserve to celebrate as the team has climbed out of the cellar and is relevant in the postseason once again.
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