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Ben and Sam reflect on what they learned from Game Seven of the World Series and the Chicago Cubs’ first championship since 1908.


  • How the ending affected the articles Ben and Sam were working on.
  • Many people (both players and managers) made mistakes, but it all added to the drama.
  • Everyone was expecting a pitcher's duel.
  • The entire season came down to one inning.
  • Comparing the success of moves by the Indians and Cubs during the season.
  • Michael Bourn's disappointing contract with the Indians.
  • Narratives that developed around the rain delay.
  • Jason Heyward's inspiring clubhouse speech.

Play Index[]

  • Sam looks for the season with the most postseason games (in both absolute and percentage terms), using that as a proxy for how exciting the playoffs were.
  • This postseason had 34 games, out of 43 maximum.
Format Maximum
Two-wildcard (2012–) 43 38 (88%) in 2013
One-wildcard (1994–2011) 41 38 (93%) in 2003 and 2011
7-game LCS (1985–1993) 21 20 (95%) in 1985 and 1986
5-game LCS (1969–1984) 17 17 (100%) in 1972 and 1973
  • Sam realizes that the 2011 postseason was "quietly really amazing".
  • This year's 34 games out of 43 (79%) is slightly below the historical median on a percentage basis.


  • Ben was assigned the Cubs perspective and was working on both a "Cubs win" and "Cubs lose" plan, so the Rajai Davis home run did not disrupt his plans significantly.
  • Sam started writing after the fourth inning, focusing on the best moments of the series, but after the home run he had to throw it all out. He waited until the game ended before starting again.
  • Sam compares the ending of the game to a poll of 4000 voters who split 2000/2000, and you make one more phone call and that last voter decides it for everyone.
  • The Indians had a mix of things that paid off (Franciso Lindor, Corey Kluber) and high-profile moves that flopped (Michael Brantley and Carlos Carrasco trades, signing Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn).
  • The Cubs had a charmed season, with Jason Heyward, Kris Bryant, and Kyle Schwarber all turning out well. Ben notes that position players are more predictable.
  • Michael Bourn had WAR of 6.0, 3.0, 6.0, and 5.0 in the four seasons before being acquired by the Indians. For the entire term of that contract he produced only 3.6 wins.
  • Ben thinks 17 minutes was just the right length for the rain delay. Enough to make you stop and appreciate the moment, but not long enough to be annoying.
  • Future podcast host Meg Rowley was thanked as a new Patreon supporter.