Brett Gardner just took the wind out of the Cubs’ sails.
The defending World Series champs were up 2-0 on the Yankees with two outs and a 1-2 count on Brett Gardner.
The Yankees did have two runners on base, but with a 25-mile-per-hour wind blowing in and Gardner at the plate the Cubs had to feel confident.
Well, they felt confident until Gardner did this.
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In Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, as the Cubs were battling for their first championship in 108 years, Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo confided in a mic’d up David Ross that he was teeming with nervous energy.
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I’m an emotional wreck, Rizzo told Ross for millions to hear.
It’s only gonna get worse, the veteran Ross responded.
It was a viral, human moment that echoed what It’s a Long Way to October achieved in 1982, but it was also a reminder that we’re unlikely to see anything on that scale again.
It would be much tougher to do this now because Major League Baseball has such stringent rules on microphones, where the cameras can be and where the crews can be, Diamond said. It would be so much more involved.
Not to mention the potential for controversy, as even one hateful word or unfortunate exchange that happens to be recorded can ruin an athlete’s image 鈥?especially in the social media age.
People are more cautious now with the microphones. People have to be careful and more politically correct and those types of things. Back in ’82, we didn’t have all that, Diamond said. In some ways, back then, Long Way to October’ was more authentic of behind the scenes (happenings) than what you see now.