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Missing Pieces (Potentially)

Well this is it...the Cubs can't lose from here on out.  This is also the game that determines what the missing pieces are for the Cubs to win the World Series.  You'd figure that the Dodgers would be the ones intimidated by the Cubs...everyone pulling for the Cubs, best record in the league, 8 All Stars, etc.  But the Cubs are the ones who are nervous/intimidated/freaking out/whatever-adjective-you'd-like-to-use.  The question is: why?  I haven't heard this discussed in the media, but here's a trivia question:  when is the last year that the playoffs didn't feature either Joe Torre or Manny Ramirez?  Look it up, I'll wait...give up?  It was 1993.  1994 was the strike, 1995 had the Indians with Manny in the playoffs.  Both Manny and Torre were central figures in the biggest rivalry in sports for a number of years, they both have multiple world championships, they've dealt with way more media attention than this, and Manny helped to break a curse with the Red Sox.  In short, these two guys have been there before.  This is just another day at the office for them, and that attitude has filtered down to the rest of the team.  The Dodgers aren't as good as the Cubs, but in the first two games the Cubs have lacked that one "it" quality that Manny and Torre posses.  Call it what you will-guts, nerves, the ability to deal with pressure, mental toughness-but the Dodgers have shown that they have it while the Cubs have not.  There are a number of athletes and managers we all know of who are able to deal with this sort of thing-really, could you ever envision Phil Jackson telling Michael Jordan to grow a set-but the Cubs seem to lack this.  I truly hope the Cubs turn this around starting tonight, but as of right now they lack the quality that will put them over the top.

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