The Back to the Future II prediction was not to be: The Cubs lost 8-3 on Wednesday as the New York Mets wrapped up a four-game sweep in an NL Championship Series that had Chicago's faithful eagerly hoping for more. Instead, the Cubs' World Series championship drought that dates to 1908 will last at least another year. "There's a big pit in my stomach right now, saying, 'What if? What if we won four games to go to the World Series? What if we won the World Series?'" says Cubs player Kyle Schwarber. "That's 'what if?' This is reality." And yet? "We know what it takes to get here," Schwarber said. "We were four wins away from going to the World Series a year out of not having a very good record."
The reality is the long-suffering Cubs emerged as one of the best teams in the game. They just weren't good enough to win it all. Not this year, anyway. But there's plenty of hope. The Cubs finished with the third-best record in the majors and stormed into this series with 12 wins in 13 games. Even though they were shut down by the Mets pitching staff and never led in the NCLS, the Cubs insist this is a start, not an end. They believe they are poised for even bigger things in the years to come with young sluggers such as Anthony Rizzo and rookies Kris Bryant and Schwarber—who came up from the minor leagues for good about midway through the season—powering their lineup. Read more here. (Read more New York Mets stories.)