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Cub Tracks’ the masque of the red bird death

Postseason hopes grow dimmer, and other bullets

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MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
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Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

**The red bird death had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous.

Then came 2016, and the beast was beaten down, but not out. And little by little the beast crept back, always contentious. And when he had his chance, he struck, at last ending his long playoff exile.

And one by one dropped the revellers in the blue-bedecked halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of the fall. And the life of the azure clock went out with that of the last of the magic numbers. And the tickets to the postseason expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Bird Death held illimitable dominion over all...”

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**with sincere apologies to Edgar Allan Poe

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