Pittsburgh Pirates: Playing Spoiler & Other Takeaways From Sweep Of The Cubs

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 25: Melky Cabrera #53 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Kevin Newman #27 after the final out in a 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on September 25, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 25: Melky Cabrera #53 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Kevin Newman #27 after the final out in a 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on September 25, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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Playing spoiler can be fun

The Pirates entered the final week of the season with nothing to play for. However, this was not the case with the Cubs.

Entering this week’s three-game series the Cubs postseason elimination number was three. Following their loss and a Milwaukee Brewers victory on Monday night that number dropped to one. Tuesday night, the Pirates defeated the Cubs again and that vile team from the Windy City was officially eliminated from postseason contention.

Once again…. suck it, Maddon!

Playing spoiler against any team is fun when you are eliminated from postseason contention. Doing it against arguably your biggest rival makes it even better.

Since 2015 the Pirates and Cubs have had plenty of battles against each other. These battles included the Cubs winning the 2015 National League Wild Card Game in Pittsburgh, bringing an abrupt end to the Pirates’ magical 98 win season.

Oh, and let’s not forget the Jung Ho Kang incident in September of 2015 that may have cost the Pirates the NL Central. Worst of all, there was Joe Maddon‘s disgusting comments about Kang getting hurt on a dirty slide and it potentially just being plantar fasciitis. There were also Maddon’s comments earlier this season where he essentially threatened to hurt Pirate players while sipping wine in the PNC Park visiting coach’s office like a donkey’s backside.

The Cubs and Maddon are very, very easy to hate. Ending their season is a hell of a consolation prize for a team that is going to finish with 90+ losses.

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