On ‘Back to the Future’ Day, Mets sweep Cubs to reach World Series
CHICAGO — As “Back to the Future” Day dawned on Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs were still in the running to fulfill a major prediction from the time-hopping movie: a Cubs’ Worlds Series title.
You can now officially shove that prediction in the trash along with the film’s visions of hoverboards, self-lacing shoes and flying cars.
The Cubs lost to the New York Mets by a score of 8 to 3 Wednesday night at Wrigley Field and were swept 4-0 out of the National League Championship Series.
The Mets move on to the World Series for the fifth time and for the first time since 2000. New York will face the eventual American League champion, either the Kansas City Royals or Toronto Blue Jays.
The World Series will start Tuesday in either Toronto or Kansas City
Just how dominant were the Mets over this four-game stretch? The Cubs never once held the lead in the series. Ouch.
Some history was made, too. Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy became the first player in the Major Leagues to hit a home run in six straight postseason games, when he smashed one off of Cubs pitcher Fernando Rodney.
As for the Cubs, well, it’s like they always say: There’s always next year.