Thursday night the Cubs magic number was one. I stayed up until 11:15 p.m. watching them lose to the Brewers. The magic number stayed at one.
The Cardinals were playing on the West Coast. I could have stayed up later and watched them play the Giants. But it was a school night and I get up by 6:00 a.m. in the morning.
I went to bed at 11:15
The Giants beat the Cardinals and the Cubs were the 2016 NL Central champions.
And I slept right through it.
I can remember exactly where I was when they clinched in '84, '89, '03, '07, and '08. I know exactly what I was doing when the Cubs became the champs. All I can say for 2016 is that I was sound asleep.
It was odd waking up in the morning, checking the news, and seeing that they won the division. I just said, "Great." and I hopped in the shower.
I promise I will be more excited as they work their way through the playoffs.
In honor of my ho-hum attitude, here are a couple of my favorite ho-hum Cubs.
Popovich played for the Cubs for nine seasons. He never played in more than 99 games in any one season.
Ken Rudolph was a career back up catcher. He was with the Cubs for five years and the most games he played in was 64.