Off to the Big AppleTonight the Chicago Cubs play the first game of their final series at New York's Shea Stadium. I'm sure that during tonight's broadcast, they will show clips of the Cubs' collapse of 1969 and the black cat running wild on the field.
Rather than focus on the failures of the past, the Cubs should take serious notice of the Mets. Last season the Mets suffered a monumental collapse and failed to make the postseason. This season hasn't been quite as dramatic of a fall, but they have allowed the Philadelphia Phillies to claim the National League Eastern Division lead. Currently, the Mets hold a one-and-a-half game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League wild card standings.
With one more regular season win, the Cubs will secure home field advantage through the playoffs. If the Mets do hang on to win the wild card, the first game of the playoffs will be at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, October 1 against these same New York Mets.