The Cubs are down three games to none in the National League Championship Series.
You know, certainly, that just one major-league baseball team has come back from such a deficit to win a best-of-seven series. The only other sport in which this has been accomplished is the NHL, where it’s been done four times.
The team depicted above was the MLB team that accomplished this feat, the 2004 Boston Red Sox, who did it against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. Not only did they win four straight to win the ALCS, they then went on to sweep the Cardinals in the World Series.
Theo Epstein, of course, was the general manager of that Red Sox team and you know what he’s done here in Chicago.
Dave Roberts, now Dodgers manager, was a backup outfielder on that Red Sox squad. Here’s video of the base he stole in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS; he eventually scored to tie the game, the Red Sox won in extra innings and went on to win the series.
Incidentally, the Red Sox sent that video out as a tweet Tuesday, which was the 13th anniversary of that steal:
The Yankees’ official Twitter account had an excellent response:
Ah, work day for us. Game time is 5:08pm, if you're not busy.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 17, 2017
Now that’s how to run a social media account.
Anyway, when the Cubs went down three games to none to the Mets two years ago, I wrote up a complete story of how the Red Sox came back. They’d been outscored 32-15 in the first three games, incidentally. Here’s my 2015 article; despite the slim chance of a Cubs comeback this season, I thought you might enjoy reading it again.