2003 National League Championship Series

The 2003 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 7 to 15 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion Chicago Cubs and the wild-card qualifying Florida Marlins. The Cubs, by virtue of being a division winner, had the home field advantage.[1] The Marlins came back from a three games to one deficit and won the series in seven games, advancing to the World Series against the New York Yankees, who they defeat in six games.[2][3]

2003 National League Championship Series
2003NLCSLogo
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Florida Marlins (4) Jack McKeon 91–71, .562, GB: 10
Chicago Cubs (3) Dusty Baker 88–74, .543, GA: 1
DatesOctober 7–15
MVPIván Rodríguez (Florida)
UmpiresJerry Crawford (Games 1, 3–7), Chuck Meriwether, Fieldin Culbreth, Larry Vanover (Game 2), Mike Everitt, Larry Poncino, Mike Reilly
NLDS
Broadcast
TelevisionFox
TV announcersThom Brennaman, Steve Lyons and Al Leiter
RadioESPN
Radio announcersDan Shulman and Dave Campbell

Background

The two teams were victorious in the NL Division Series (NLDS), with the Cubs defeating the East Division champion Atlanta Braves three games to two,[4] and the Marlins defeating the West Division champion San Francisco Giants three games to one.[5]

The series is most remembered for events that unfolded in the top of the eighth inning of Game 6.[6][7] Not having won a championship since 1908, the Cubs had just taken two out of the three games in Miami, with the final two games at Wrigley Field in Chicago.[8] The Cubs also had their best two pitchers, Mark Prior and Kerry Wood, slated to start the final two games.[9][10] With the Cubs leading 3–0 and just five outs away from their first World Series since 1945, Steve Bartman, a fan, reached for the foul ball hit by Luis Castillo off Prior, preventing Cubs outfielder Moisés Alou from catching it. Castillo proceeded to walk and Prior and the Cubs never recovered from the incident. Aided by Castillo's walk and later an error by Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez on a potential double-play grounder, the Marlins went on to score eight runs in the inning and won the game 8–3. There were some odd events leading up to the disastrous 8th inning that many Cubs fans call bad omens of The Curse of the Billy Goat, which most notably include Bernie Mac altering "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" from "root for the Cubbies" to "root for the champs." The Marlins went on to win Game 7 and then to defeat the New York Yankees in the World Series.

Chicago manager Dusty Baker, who won the NL pennant in 2002 with the San Francisco Giants, fell short in his bid to become the first manager ever to take two different teams to the World Series in consecutive years.

Summary

Chicago Cubs vs. Florida Marlins

Florida won the series, 4–3.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 7 Florida Marlins – 9, Chicago Cubs – 8 (11 innings) Wrigley Field 3:44 39,567[11] 
2 October 8 Florida Marlins – 3, Chicago Cubs – 12 Wrigley Field 3:02 39,562[12] 
3 October 10 Chicago Cubs – 5, Florida Marlins – 4 (11 innings) Pro Player Stadium 4:16 65,115[13] 
4 October 11 Chicago Cubs – 8, Florida Marlins – 3 Pro Player Stadium 2:58 65,829[14] 
5 October 12 Chicago Cubs – 0, Florida Marlins – 4 Pro Player Stadium 2:42 65,279[15] 
6 October 14 Florida Marlins – 8, Chicago Cubs – 3 Wrigley Field 3:00 39,577[16] 
7 October 15 Florida Marlins – 9, Chicago Cubs – 6 Wrigley Field 3:11 39,574[17]

Game summaries

Game 1

Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at Wrigley Field in Chicago

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Florida 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 9 14 1
Chicago 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 8 11 1
WP: Ugueth Urbina (1–0)   LP: Mark Guthrie (0–1)   Sv: Braden Looper (1)
Home runs:
FLA: Iván Rodríguez (1), Miguel Cabrera (1), Juan Encarnación (1), Mike Lowell (1)
CHC: Moisés Alou (1), Alex S. Gonzalez (1), Sammy Sosa (1)

The Cubs struck first in Game 1 with a four-run first inning off of Josh Beckett. Kenny Lofton drew a leadoff walk before scoring on Mark Grudzielanek's triple. One out later, Moisés Alou's home run made it 3−0. Aramis Ramírez then tripled before scoring on Alex Gonzalez's two-out double. The Marlins battered starter Carlos Zambrano with five runs in the third. Juan Pierre tripled with one out, then Luis Castillo walked before Iván Rodríguez's home run made it 4−3 Cubs. After Derrek Lee struck out, home runs by Miguel Cabrera and Juan Encarnación put the Marlins up 5−4. They made it 6−4 in the sixth on Jeff Conine's sacrifice fly with runners on second and third, but the Cubs tied it in the bottom of the inning on Gonzalez's home run after Randall Simon doubled with two outs. The Marlins loaded the bases in the ninth off of Joe Borowski on a double, walk and Grudzielanek's error before Rodriguez's single scored two, but the Cubs tied it in the bottom of the inning on Sammy Sosa's two-run home run off of Ugueth Urbina, forcing extra innings. Mike Lowell's leadoff home run in the 11th put the Marlins up 9−8 and Braden Looper retired the Cubs in order in the bottom half to give Florida a 1−0 series lead.[18][19][20][21]

Game 2

Wednesday, October 8, 2003 at Wrigley Field in Chicago

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Florida 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 9 1
Chicago 2 3 3 0 3 1 0 0 X 12 16 1
WP: Mark Prior (1–0)   LP: Brad Penny (0–1)
Home runs:
FLA: Derrek Lee (1), Miguel Cabrera (2)
CHC: Sammy Sosa (2), Aramis Ramírez (1), Alex S. Gonzalez 2 (3)

In Game 2, the Cubs loaded the bases in the first on a hit and two walks off of Brad Penny when Randall Simon brought home two with a single to left. Next inning, Paul Bako hit a leadoff single, moved to score on a groundout, and scored on Kenny Lofton's single. One out later, Sammy Sosa homered to make it 5−0; his home run ball landed on top of a camera house in center field, some 495 feet from home plate. Next inning, Aramis Ramírez hit a leadoff home run and after Simon doubled, Penny was relieved by Nate Bump, who got Alex Gonzalez to hit into a force out, but then allowed an RBI double to Bako. One out later, Lofton's RBI single made it 8−0 Cubs. In the fifth, Rick Helling allowed a leadoff double to Simon, then Gonzalez homered an out later to make it 10−0. Bako then walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, then to third on Lofton's single before scoring on Mark Grudzielanek's double. Mark Prior pitched five shutout innings before allowing lead off home runs to Derrek Lee and Miguel Cabrera in the sixth. Gonzalez hit his second home run of the game in the bottom of the inning. The Marlins scored one run in the eighth on a bases-loaded double play from Juan Encarnación off of Dave Veres as the Cubs' 12−3 blowout win tied the series heading to Florida.

Game 3

Friday, October 10, 2003 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Chicago 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 5 12 0
Florida 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 4 10 0
WP: Joe Borowski (1–0)   LP: Michael Tejera (0–1)   Sv: Mike Remlinger (1)
Home runs:
CHC: Randall Simon (1)
FLA: None

Another back-and-forth affair, similar to Game 1, pitted Florida's Mark Redman against Chicago's ace Kerry Wood at Pro Player Stadium.

The Cubs jumped on top in the first inning, as they had done in the previous two games. Sammy Sosa drove in Kenny Lofton with a single. The Cubs plated another run in the second, when a single and a pair of walks were followed by a sacrifice fly by Wood. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the second when Alex Gonzalez doubled in Miguel Cabrera with two outs.

Other than the Marlins leaving the bases loaded in the fifth, Wood rolled through the middle innings. Redman, too, held strong until he was pinch-hit for in the seventh.

In the bottom of the 7th, the Marlins finally broke through. Gonzalez led off with a single, followed by a Mike Lowell walk. They were both sacrificed to second and third, and then Gonzalez scored the tying run on an RBI groundout by Luis Castillo. With two outs and Lowell at third, Iván Rodríguez singled through the right side to give Florida the lead and knocked Wood from the game, but the next inning, Randall Simon followed up a Tom Goodwin triple with a home run into the right-field stands off reliever Chad Fox. The Cubs had retaken the lead 4-3.

The Marlins tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth against Kyle Farnsworth when Todd Hollandsworth grounded a hit through the left side of the infield to score Cabrera. Florida, however, stranded the bases loaded in the ninth and the game went into extra innings.

In the top of the 11th, Lofton singled with one out. Then the sparingly used Doug Glanville turned out to be the hero when he smoked a triple into the left-center field gap to drive in Lofton with the go-ahead run. Mike Remlinger retired the Marlins in the bottom half of the 11th to secure the 5-4 victory.

Down 2 games to 1, the defeat was a blow to the Marlins, who squandered several chances with runners in scoring position.

Game 4

Saturday, October 11, 2003 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 8 8 0
Florida 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 6 1
WP: Matt Clement (1–0)   LP: Dontrelle Willis (0–1)
Home runs:
CHC: Aramis Ramírez 2 (3)
FLA: None

Aramis Ramírez hit a first inning grand-slam, the first in Cubs postseason history, after Dontrelle Willis allowed three walks. They added to their lead in the third when Ramírez hit a single to right with two on. After a walk loaded the bases, Willis was relieved by Rick Helling, who allowed an RBI single to Alex Gonzalez. Next inning, Kenny Lofton drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Moisés Alou's two-out single. Matt Clement pitched four shutout innings before allowing singles to Miguel Cabrera and Jeff Conine in the fifth. Alex Gonzalez's ground out and Todd Hollandsworth's single scored a run each. Ramírez hit his second home run of the game off of Nate Bump in the seventh. The Marlins scored their last run in the eighth when Lenny Harris drew a leadoff walk and scored on Iván Rodríguez's double off of Kyle Farnsworth. The Cubs cruised to an 8–3 victory, putting them just one victory away from their first World Series in nearly 60 years.[10][22] This 2003 victory turned out to be the last playoff game won by the Cubs for twelve years, a span of 9 consecutive losses until finally winning the National League Wild Card Game in 2015, as well as their last win in the NLCS until 2016.

Game 5

Sunday, October 12, 2003 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Florida 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 X 4 8 0
WP: Josh Beckett (1–0)   LP: Carlos Zambrano (0–1)
Home runs:
CHC: None
FLA: Mike Lowell (2), Iván Rodríguez (2), Jeff Conine (1)

With the Marlins facing elimination, Josh Beckett kept them alive by dominating the Cubs, holding them to just two hits and one walk as part of his standout 2003 postseason.[23] The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Mike Lowell hit a two-run homer off of Carlos Zambrano. Iván Rodríguez and Jeff Conine homered in the seventh and eighth innings off of Dave Veres and Mike Remlinger, respectively. Even with the loss, the Cubs looked strong going back home with their two aces, Mark Prior for Game 6 and Kerry Wood, if necessary, to start Game 7.[10]

Game 6

Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at Wrigley Field in Chicago

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Florida 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 8 9 0
Chicago 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 10 2
WP: Chad Fox (1–0)   LP: Mark Prior (1–1)

In Game 6, the Cubs struck first when Kenny Lofton singled to lead off the first off of Carl Pavano and scored on Sammy Sosa's one-out double. In the sixth, after two leadoff single and a double play put Sosa at third off of Pavano, reliever Dontrelle Willis's ball four wild pitch to Eric Karros allowed Sosa to score. Next inning, Paul Bako hit a leadoff single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a strikeout, Willis was relieved by Chad Fox, who allowed an RBI single to Mark Grudzielanek.

With thousands of fans on the street outside sold-out Wrigley Field, poised to celebrate, the Cubs held a 3–0 lead going into the top of the eighth inning of Game 6. After Mike Mordecai hit a high pop fly to left field, the team was a mere five outs away from their first World Series since 1945.[24][25][26]

Mark Prior had retired the last eight hitters and had allowed only three hits up to that point. Center fielder Juan Pierre then hit a double off Prior.

On the eighth pitch of his at bat, Luis Castillo hit a high foul ball toward the left field wall. Cubs left fielder Moisés Alou (a former Marlin) headed toward the stands to catch the ball for the potential second out. As Alou reached for the ball, Cubs fan Steve Bartman, along with others near the area, did the same. The ball bounced off Bartman's hands and into the stands. Though the Cubs pleaded for a call of fan interference, left field umpire Mike Everitt ruled that the ball had left the field of play and was therefore up for grabs. Alou, who was visibly angry at Bartman's catch, initially acknowledged that he would not have made the catch, but he later denied making such a statement and said if he had, it was only to make Bartman feel better.[27]

As a result, Castillo remained an active batter at home plate. On the next pitch, Prior walked Castillo with a wild pitch that got away from catcher Paul Bako, also allowing Pierre to advance to third base.

Next, Iván Rodríguez hit an 0–2 pitch hard into left field, singling and scoring Pierre. Miguel Cabrera then hit a ground ball toward Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez that could have ended the inning on a double play. Gonzalez, who led all NL shortstops in fielding percentage, closed his glove too early and the ball landed in the dirt, allowing Cabrera to reach safely, loading the bases. On the next pitch, Derrek Lee (a future Cubs All-Star) drilled a double into left field, scoring Castillo and Rodríguez to tie the score at 3–3.

Prior was taken out of the game and replaced by Kyle Farnsworth, who intentionally walked Mike Lowell to load the bases. Jeff Conine then hit a sacrifice fly to right field for the second out of the inning, allowing Cabrera to score from third and the other runners to each advance one base. This gave the Marlins their first lead of the night. Farnsworth intentionally walked Todd Hollandsworth (another future Cub) to once again load the bases.

The Marlins now having batted around the order, Mordecai, making up for his earlier out, hit a base-clearing double to left-center field, scoring Lee, Lowell and Hollandsworth and making it a 7–3 Marlins lead.

Farnsworth was taken out of the game and replaced by Mike Remlinger, who gave up a single to Pierre to score Mordecai from second base. Castillo popped to shallow right field for the final out of an 8-run inning. The comeback victory by the Marlins forced a final Game 7.

Game 7

Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at Wrigley Field in Chicago

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Florida 3 0 0 0 3 1 2 0 0 9 12 0
Chicago 0 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 6 0
WP: Brad Penny (1–1)   LP: Kerry Wood (0–1)   Sv: Ugueth Urbina (1)
Home runs:
FLA: Miguel Cabrera (3)
CHC: Kerry Wood (1), Moisés Alou (2), Troy O'Leary (1)

In Game 7, Juan Pierre tripled to lead off the first, then Iván Rodríguez walked with one out before Miguel Cabrera's home run made it 3–0 Marlins against Cubs ace Kerry Wood, who had not lost at Wrigley Field in nearly six weeks.[28] The Cubs responded by tying the score 3–3 in the second inning off of Mark Redman, which featured a two-run home run by Wood after Damian Miller hit into an RBI groundout with runners on second and third. Moisés Alou's two-run homer after a hit-by-pitch the following inning put Chicago up 5–3, but the lead would not last.[29] In the fifth, Florida capitalized on a pair of walks and scored three runs on Rodriguez's double, Cabrera's groundout and Derrek Lee's single to go on top 6–5, a lead they would not relinquish. They added a run in the sixth on Luis Castillo's single with two on off of Kyle Farnsworth and two more in the seventh on Alex Gonzalez's double with two on off of Dave Veres to expand their lead to 9–5. Cubs pinch-hitter Troy O'Leary hit a home run in the seventh off of Josh Beckett, making the score 9–6. After the Cubs were retired in order in the eighth, Florida closer Ugueth Urbina hit Aramis Ramírez with a pitch to lead off the ninth inning, but proceeded to retire the following three batters, giving the Marlins their second National League pennant in their 11-year existence, while leaving the Cubs once again empty-handed.[30]

Composite box

2003 NLCS (4–3): Florida Marlins over Chicago Cubs

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Florida Marlins 3 1 5 0 7 4 5 12 2 0 1 40 68 3
Chicago Cubs 12 7 7 1 3 4 3 2 2 0 1 42 65 4
Total attendance: 354,503   Average attendance: 50,643

Notes

  1. ^ Rogers, Phil (October 7, 2003). "THE BREAKDOWN; The Cubs have the home-field advantage, and their red-hot pitching staff is aligned for success". Chicago Tribune.
  2. ^ Hermoso, Rafael (October 16, 2003). "Yet Again, There's No Joy In Wrigley". New York Times. p. D1.
  3. ^ Kepner, Tyler (October 26, 2003). "Young Ace Has Winning Hand, And Yankees Are Sent Reeling". New York Times. p. 1.1.
  4. ^ Johnson, Chuck (October 6, 2003). "Wood, Cubs finish off Braves; Chicago to face Florida in NLCS after 5-1 victory". USA Today. p. 1C.
  5. ^ Wine, Steven (October 5, 2003). "In Bang-up Finish, Marlins Advance Giants fall as Rodriguez leads the way". Philadelphia Inquirer. Associated Press. p. D1.
  6. ^ Morrissey, Rick (October 16, 2003). "Game 6 collapse will define this team". The Chicago Tribune. p. 4.
  7. ^ Leach, Matthew (October 14, 2003). "Eighth inning was one that got away". MLB.com. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  8. ^ Morrissey, Rick (October 12, 2003). "1 win from a new Cubs age". The Chicago Tribune. p. 17.2. The Cubs are up 3-1 in their best-of-seven series with the Marlins after winning 8-3 Saturday night. They are one victory from the World Series. They have to win one game out of three with the Marlins to get there. Two of the games are in Chicago. They could, hypothetically, wrap it up Sunday in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series at Pro Player Stadium.
  9. ^ Sullivan, Paul (October 13, 2003). "Beckett keeps Marlins alive; Shutout cuts margin to 3-2". Chicago Tribune. p. 8.3.
  10. ^ a b c Vecsey, George (October 12, 2003). "Cubs Fans Have Been Close Before". New York Times. p. SP5.
  11. ^ "2003 NLCS Game 1 – Florida Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  12. ^ "2003 NLCS Game 2 – Florida Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  13. ^ "2003 NLCS Game 3 – Chicago Cubs vs. Florida Marlins". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  14. ^ "2003 NLCS Game 4 – Chicago Cubs vs. Florida Marlins". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  15. ^ "2003 NLCS Game 5 – Chicago Cubs vs. Florida Marlins". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  16. ^ "2003 NLCS Game 6 – Florida Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  17. ^ "2003 NLCS Game 7 – Florida Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  18. ^ Johnson, Chuck (October 8, 2003). "Marlins outmuscle Cubs". USA Today. p. 1C.
  19. ^ Newman, Mark (October 7, 2003). "Marlins set NLCS record in the third". MLB.com. Marlins.MLB.com. Archived from the original on March 10, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  20. ^ Frisaro, Joe (October 7, 2003). "Fish steal the show in Second City". MLB.com. Marlins.MLB.com. Archived from the original on March 10, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  21. ^ Hermoso, Rafael (October 8, 2003). "Lowell Wins Game in 11th And Negates Sosa Heroics". New York Times. p. D1.
  22. ^ Hermoso, Rafael (October 12, 2003). "Ramirez Slam Helps Put Cubs On Verge of the World Series". New York Times. p. SP5.
  23. ^ "Beckett strikes out 11 in complete-game shutout". ESPN.com. Associated Press. October 12, 2003. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
  24. ^ Muskat, Carrie (October 14, 2003). "Crazy eighth forces Game 7". MLB.com. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  25. ^ Sullivan, Paul (October 15, 2003). "Giveaway is handmade; Fan, Gonzalez hurt Cubs with title in grasp". Chicago Tribune. p. 10.3.
  26. ^ Morrissey, Rick (October 15, 2003). "8th-inning disaster so Cubs". Chicago Tribune. p. 10.4.
  27. ^ "Report: Alou says he would have caught Bartman ball". ESPN.com. ESPN. June 3, 2008.
  28. ^ Muskat, Carrie (October 16, 2003). "Wood takes Game 7 loss hard". MLB.com. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  29. ^ Burris, Joe (October 16, 2003). "Cubs Foiled in Game 7 Marlins Headed to World Series After Stunning Comeback". The Boston Globe. p. C1.
  30. ^ Frisaro, Joe (October 15, 2003). "Fish rock Cubs: Bring on the World". MLB.com. Marlins.MLB.com. Archived from the original on March 9, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011.

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Eric Peter Karros (born November 4, 1967) is an American former professional baseball first baseman. Karros played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1991 to 2004 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and Oakland Athletics. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1992 and won a Silver Slugger Award in 1995.

Grant DePorter

Grant M. DePorter (born November 7, 1964) is a restaurateur from Chicago, U.S., who came to prominence in 2004 after he paid US$113,824.16 for a baseball which had played a role in the Chicago Cubs defeat in the 2003 National League Championship Series, and had the ball destroyed in a nationally televised event. The event was an attempt to end the "Curse of the Billy Goat" – which has supposedly prevented the Cubs from winning the National League since 1945 – and also helped raise a substantial amount of money for diabetes research.

Jeff Conine

Jeffrey Guy Conine (; born June 27, 1966) is a former Major League Baseball player who played 17 seasons with six teams primarily as an outfielder. An inaugural member of the Florida Marlins who was with the franchise for both of its World Series titles, he earned the title Mr. Marlin for his significant history with the club, and his ties to South Florida.Conine was born in Tacoma, Washington, played baseball at UCLA, and was drafted in the 58th round of the 1987 Major League Baseball draft by the Kansas City Royals. After two cup of coffee stints with the Royals, Conine was selected by the Marlins in the 1992 Major League Baseball expansion draft. Becoming the team's first star, he played five seasons with the Marlins, earning the most valuable player award at the 1995 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and earning a World Series title in 1997.

A victim of a fire sale after the 1997 season, Conine was traded to the Royals where he played in 93 games. He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles prior to the 1999 season, where he had several productive seasons. Traded back to the Marlins in 2003 for a couple of prospects, he helped the team win a second World Series title. He remained with the team until 2005, returning to the Orioles as a free agent. He became a journeyman outfielder near the end of his career, signing a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Marlins in 2008.

Joe Maddon

Joseph John Maddon Jr. (born February 8, 1954) is an American professional baseball manager for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Maddon began his coaching career in MLB with the California Angels in 1993 and served under managers Buck Rodgers, Marcel Lachemann, John McNamara, Terry Collins, and Mike Scioscia. He served two stints as interim manager during this time. He managed the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006 through 2014, winning the 2008 American League pennant. After opting out of his contract following the 2014 season, he joined the Cubs, led them to the 2015 National League Championship Series and was named the 2015 National League Manager of the Year. In 2016, Maddon managed the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908.

List of Major League Baseball pitchers who have hit home runs in the postseason

Relatively few Major League Baseball pitchers have hit home runs in the postseason. Through the 2018 World Series, only 24 home runs have been hit, by 22 different pitchers.

Matt Clement

Matthew Paul Clement (born August 12, 1974) is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher. Clement played for the San Diego Padres (1998–2000), Florida Marlins (2001), Chicago Cubs (2002–2004) and Boston Red Sox (2005–2006). While on the Red Sox active roster, he was injured all of the 2007 season. He batted and threw right-handed.

Clement had a sinking fastball in the low 90s and a hard slider he mixed with a four-seamer and a changeup. He held opposing batters to a .233 batting average from 2002–05, while posting a 47-42 record and a 3.99 ERA.

Mike Everitt (baseball)

Mike G. Everitt (born August 22, 1964) is a Major League Baseball umpire, wearing number 57. He worked in the American League from 1996 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues since 2000.

Northbrook, Illinois

Northbrook is a suburb of Chicago, located at the northern edge of Cook County, Illinois, United States.

When incorporated in 1901, the village was known as Shermerville in honor of Frederick Schermer, who donated the land for its first train station. The village changed its name to Northbrook in 1923 as an effort to improve its public image. The name was chosen because the West Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River runs through the Village.Glenbrook North High School, founded in 1952 as Glenbrook High School, is located in Northbrook. The village is also home to the Northbrook Park District, founded in 1927, Northbrook Court shopping mall, the Ed Rudolph Velodrome, the Chicago Curling Club, and the Northbrook Public Library.

Todd Hollandsworth

Todd Mathew Hollandsworth (born April 20, 1973) is an American former professional baseball outfielder in Major League Baseball (MLB). In 1996, he won the National League Rookie of the Year Award, setting a record as the fifth consecutive Los Angeles Dodgers rookie to do so (preceded by Eric Karros, Mike Piazza, Raúl Mondesí, and Hideo Nomo).

Troy O'Leary

Troy Franklin O'Leary (born August 4, 1969) is an American former professional baseball outfielder who played with the Milwaukee Brewers (1993-1994), Boston Red Sox (1995-2001), Montreal Expos (2002) and Chicago Cubs (2003). He batted and threw left-handed.

In an 11-season career, O'Leary posted a .274 batting average with 127 home runs and 591 runs batted in in 1198 games.

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