Willson Contreras Hit The Longest Home Run In Cubs Postseason History Since Sammy Sosa In 2003

You fucked up, Mia Khalifa. You fucked up big time. This could’ve been yours, girl. But you had to go and do what Mia Khalifa does best, and that’s expose a dude’s DMs when all Willson Contreras wanted was for you to be mi friend. Now look what you’ve done.

Now he doesn’t need you anymore. Now he’s blasting 491-foot home runs off of scoreboards at Wrigley Field in the postseason. And I completely understand that the odds are stacked against the Cubs here being down 3-1 in the series, but this is not a position that this group has never been in before. They were down 3-1 to the Cleveland Indians in the World Series last October before hauling off three straight wins en route to their first World Series title in 108 years. People forget that.

However, odds are certainly against the Cubs extending their season beyond a Game 5, knowing that they have to knock off Clayton Kershaw if they want to live to see another day. Regardless, this home run in last night’s 3-2 victory over the, then, unbeaten in the postseason LA Dodgers should put everybody on notice from now on. That was a BOMB. The longest postseason home run by a Cub since Sammy Sosa hit a 495-foot home run in 2003.

The Cubs more than likely won’t be able to dig themselves out of an 0-3 hole against a team as great as the 2017 Dodgers, but I think it says a lot about this Cubs team that they didn’t just roll over and die in Game 4, as history shows that that’s what most teams do when they’re down 0-3. Perhaps it was the fact that Jake Arrieta could’ve possibly been toeing the rubber for the last time as a Cub. He certainly pitched like a guy who wanted to go out on top, tossing 6.2 innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out nine.

Not including this year’s Cubs, there have been 36 teams in baseball history who have fallen behind 0-3 in a postseason series, and 29 of them went on to get swept in four games. The 2015 Cubs were one of those teams. That’s 80.5% of the teams that have fallen behind 0-3 who eventually went on to lose Game 4. This Cubs team did not fall victim to this statistic.

The 2017 Chicago Cubs became just the eighth team in baseball history to win a Game 4 after falling behind 0-3, but of those other seven teams, four of them went on to lose in five, two of them lost in six, and the 2004 Boston Red Sox were the only team to force a Game 7, which they won, becoming the only team in baseball history to win a seven-game series after falling behind 0-3.

A series loss is a series loss, yes. And I’m sure there will be widespread disappointment regardless of if the Cubs lose in four games, five games, six games or even seven games. But it was a small moral victory that the Cubs didn’t lose in four. Nothing could ever take away from their magical run in 2016, but it sure would’ve been a head-scratcher if that title was sandwiched in between a pair of NLCS four-game sweeps, especially with Arrieta, the team’s ace during the Theo Epstein resurgence era, likely headed elsewhere in free agency.

But they live to fight another day, so there will be no obituaries today. Not yet.