“It wasn’t a dream, it really happened!” — Charles Barkley (Space Jam)
Even though the World Series was decided several weeks ago, Chicago Cubs fans will feel like Charles Barkley did for quite some time. It finally happened. The Cubs ended their 108-year-old curse to win the World Series, and did so in grand fashion by coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win Game 7, in extra innings, against the Cleveland Indians.
You may be thinking, isn’t it a little late to talk about the World Series? Well, yeah. But because Game 7 was played on the night The Bridge is live on Sports Radio America, and I had audio troubles last week and couldn’t get a show out, you’ll have to excuse my tardiness.
Before we get into Episode 46, as a reminder, The Bridge is now broadcast as a one hour radio show every Wednesday night on Sports Radio America, starting at 7 ET. Once the dust settles from that live broadcast, the show is released as a podcast on iTunes and this website on Friday night. You can listen to the live show every Wednesday on Sports Radio America here or through the TuneIn app.
Editor’s note: The Bridge will be radio silent for Thanksgiving week and will return to Sports Radio America at 7 ET on Wednesday, Nov. 30. If you miss us, catch up with The Bridge on iTunes.
- Sports News Read Like Real News rehashed the curses that the Chicago Cubs had to overcome to win the World Series, including the Curses of the Billy Goat, Black Cat and Steve Bartman, and also explained some interesting coincidences with the Number “108” (3:16).
- “The Drawbridge” was lowered to discuss what life was like the last time the Cleveland Indians (1948) and the Chicago Cubs (1908) won the World Series. Special thanks to Gene and Walter for the help (14:04 / 18:33).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: What are you most thankful for?! Call or text in your answer to 929-BRIDGE7, that’s 929-274-3437, and you’ll make it on the next show.
- This week’s guest list was a two-fer of sorts. First, we chat with Gordon Wittenmyer, a Chicago Cubs beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, about Game 7 of the World Series. Gordon was kind enough to join the show before heading off to the GM meetings in Arizona, which cut our interview short.
- You can follow him on Twitter @GDubCub. The interview starts at the 26:50 mark.
In the interview, we discuss:
- What his role is with the Chicago Sun-Times and how long he’s been a beat writer (27:15), if there was a specific time when he knew the Cubs would be good (28:12), if he doubted the Cubs could come back from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series (30:18), how important Dexter Fowler’s lead-off home run was (32:11), how important the production from some of the lesser players was (33:40), if the game felt over after Davis tied the game in the 8th (35:30) and how important the rain delay was and if Jayson Heyward’s pump-up speech made $184 million well worth it (36:32).
- Next up, Eddie Ocasio, the fictitious producer of The Bridge, joined the show live from New York (and via Bluetooth in his car, but thankfully was able to keep his road rage in check) to chat about his time rooting for the Cubs while living in Chicago for a year.
- You can follow him on Twitter Captain_EdO. The interview starts at the 38:53 mark.
In the interview, we discuss:
- Why he spent a year in Chicago and how Cubs games were when he lived there (39:28), what game day at Wrigley Field was like and his axe to grind with Goose Island (42:41), if he would have paid hundreds of dollars to get into the bars around Wrigley during the World Series (44:55) and how important winning the World Series was to the Cubs fans he knows (45:45).
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