Who says this young Cubs team arrived a year ahead of schedule?
The Cubs know nine-figure contracts for 30-something pitchers are ticking time bombs. They understood what the data said when they gave Jon Lester six years and $155 million guaranteed.
Hold the confetti. Keep the champagne bottles corked. Unplug the smoke machine.
For a few hours, at least.
Theo Epstein had flashbacks to the Red Sox taking down the Evil Empire while watching this rivalry reach a boiling point. Cubs-Cardinals isn’t just for tourists anymore.
The Cubs have already proved to the rest of the baseball world that they're legitimate contenders.
Now they've proved it to the Cardinals, as well.