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Were Joe Maddon and the Cubs satisfied with meatloaf this year?

Two out of three ain’t bad, except possibly when you’ve won the first two and can go for a sweep.

Now don’t be sad (don’t be sad)
Cause two out of three ain’t bad — Meat Loaf

Here is the song that’s the origin of Joe Maddon’s phrase “meatloafing a series,” in other words, taking two of three:

It’s sung by the 1970s performer known as Meat Loaf. Thus, “meatloafing.”

And if you do that for an entire baseball season, you’re likely going to win close to 100 games, and that’s probably Maddon’s intent in pushing the “two out of three” meme. But even though the Cubs did exactly that — win two of three in a series — on 14 different occasions this year, and won 95 games overall, that wasn’t quite enough to win the N.L. Central outright.

Was this what Theo Epstein was referring to when he said this in his end-of-season news conference?

“Sometimes divisions aren’t lost on that last day of the season when you only score one run and you don’t get in,” Epstein said. “They’re not lost in that last week and a half when the other team goes 8-0 and you go …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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