Cubs' historic slugging rocks Wrigley Field in Game 3 win
CHICAGO -- It was still early Monday afternoon when Kyle Schwarber walked up into the stands of Wrigley Field. He slipped into a seat in an empty stadium and tried to picture what was about to unfold in the storied ballpark all around him.
"I just sat in the stands," he would say later, "thinking about what it would be like."
He imagined the noise and the bedlam. He imagined the brilliance of the ace who was about to take the mound. He imagined the electricity of a pivotal October baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, two longtime rivals who had never met before in Wrigley in a game of this magnitude.
Whatever pictures, whatever sounds filled his head, Schwarber never imagined this. He never imagined six Cubs home runs soaring through the jet-streamed Chicago sky. He never imaginedJake Arrietahaving his roughest night on the mound in four months -- and winning anyway. He never imagined that 42,411 human beings in the seats could find a way achieve a decibel level normally reserved for, say, space-shuttle launches.
Schwarber definitely never imagined a scoreboard that read Cubs 8, Cardinals 6 on a night of history, a night of magic, a night for the ages. Not to mention a night when the Cubs moved within one game of winning a postseason series at Wrigley for the first time in history, by taking a two-games-to-one lead in this NLDS.