This was the first time in 109 years that a Chicago baseball team won a playoff series at home.
And I was fortunate to be there, having purchased a $100 upper deck ticket on StubHub just that morning, a relatively amazing bargain.
Here are some of my best photographs of the game, and the celebration--at least the one in the park.
Especially in having been to the Cubs' NLDS clincher in Atlanta in 2003, and their harrowing Game 6 loss in that NLCS, I didn't feel much need to hoot & holler in the streets after Tuesday's great win. I'll wait until the Cubs at least win the Pennant (for the first time in 70 years)--and dare I imagine--the World Series (107 years), and likely even then contently celebrate away from the marauding throng.
But no matter what transpires in the weeks ahead, I'll always have great memories of one of the better nights of my life--and these photographs:
|Cubs great Billy Williams|
|Great to see Kerry Wood back on the mound, albeit to throw out the first pitch.|
|Javier Baez' home run swing in the second inning, to put the Cubs up 4-2|
|Free "W" rally towels were given out upon entry.|
|Anthony Rizzo scoring on his 6th inning homer, which gave the Cubs a 5-4 lead after the Cardinals had tied the game.|
|Kyle Schwarber watching his mammoth 7th inning home run, which put the Cubs up 6-4.|
|Victory! A bit blurry, but perhaps apropos.|
|Hector Rondon, who earned the save on the Cubs biggest win in years.|