We’re fast coming up on that glorious time where baseball’s long haul of a season becomes a fevered sprint that leads us all into October and provides most of the memorable (non-NFL and SEC) highlights of the Halloween month.
This October should be particularly spine-tingling for those who follow the Chicago Cubs, the threat of an epic collapse always around the corner, but still unless anything really freaky happens in the remainder of the regular season, the best team in baseball by six games looks pretty fortified to take on what comes from the other playoff competitors.
To get all seam-heads further in the mood for the postseason, the October schedule, including television assignments, was put out on social media earlier today. Of particular interest to Cubs fans:
- the National League Wild Card Game, which should set up their Division Series opponent, is on Oct. 5, that eventual NLDS will kick off on Friday Oct. 7
- National League playoff games will air on either Fox, Fox Sports 1 or the MLB Network, may be a little less easier for some to find the latter two channels compared to TBS last season. Make sure you got access to all those channels or be prepared to head to the bar cause no local broadcasts will be available in the playoffs.
- Game 1 of the NLCS, likely a Cubs home game, will be Saturday, Oct. 15 with Game 2 coming the next day.
- The Cubs, or any other NL representative, are only afforded three home games in the World Series after the American League took the All-Star Game this season. NL-hosted games in the World Series will take place three days in a row from Game 3 on Friday, Oct. 28 to the possible Game 5 on Sunday, Oct. 30.
So set your calendars, good people, October 29th, 2016 is the earliest day the Chicago Cubs can win their first World Series since 1908 and it could come at Wrigley Field. Lets make sure the National Guard are on the ready now, or else its bye-bye Wrigleyville. But oh, what a way to go out.
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