Alright, Cubs fans, you won Game 1. After the Dodgers tied it up at 3-3 in the top of the 8th off the hardest thrower in baseball, Joe Blanton decided to self-destruct. (I also blame Nick Anton, the Cubs’ secret weapon.)

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Too many hanging sliders, too many exuberant Cubs fans in the bar where Brian, Pete, and I watched the game. In a game where both teams proved their resiliency, the Cubs simply executed better in a critical moment of the game. That’s all it took to give Chicago a Game 1 victory. 3-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Dodgers in Game 2 against Cy-Young hopeful Kyle Hendricks. Los Angeles needs the regular-season version of Kershaw to show up tonight, rather than the postseason edition who didn’t earn a decision in either of his two starts against Washington in the NLDS. As a Dodgers fan, I acknowledge the reality that L.A. must win Game 2 and carry that momentum into their three home games. (God bless the 2-3-2 format of playoff baseball, which plays significantly to the Dodgers’ home-road split.)

In conclusion Brian and the LMBF Cubs fans won Game 1. I will have my shot at redemption tonight with the best pitcher in baseball on the mound for the Dodgers. Brian still refuses to publicly discuss the Cubs, so I’ll continue bringing you updates as the series progresses. With all due respect to the Wrigley faithful, I certainly hope they’re more positive for my squad than for Chicago’s North Side ball club. #Win4Vin