Melting ice caps, rising sea levels, stranded polar bears — and now this:
Javier Baez hit a three-run homer in the second inning, Anthony Rizzo hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the sixth and Kyle Schwarber launched another shot over the right field scoreboard in the seventh to power the Cubs to a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, sending them to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2003.
The victory was the third straight for the Cubs after they lost the National League Division Series opener in St. Louis, and it set off a wild celebration scene on the field and in the stands as the Cubs clinched a postseason series on their home turf for the first time. Cubs closer Hector Rondon struck out Stephen Piscotty to end the game.
If the Cubs stay true to form — they haven’t won a World Series since 1908 and haven’t even appeared in one since 1945 — they’ll collapse. But stranger things have happened involving persons from Chicago, as recently as 2008…