Just before the first pitch, Carey declared, “It is a bee-yooo-tiful day for baseball”. The Cubs broke out under bright sunny skies. But as the day progressed, the temperature dropped, and ominous clouds rolled in off
Lake Michigan. The sky and the mood at Wrigley darkened. As temperatures cooled, the Cardinal bats got hot. Cubs fans went from elated to deflated.
NBC Game of the Week announcer, Joe Garragiola, summed up the hard luck loss, “One thing
you learned as a Cubs’ fan: when you bought your ticket, you could bank on
seeing the bottom of the ninth.”
Expectations were high in the windy city for the ‘84 team, who in real life disappointed by losing to the Padres in the NLCS. While the on field results did not end as hoped by Chicago Cubs fans and their players, the tournament director’s visit seemed to brighten Caray’s day. “You could tell he was an old radio guy. He never once looked at the television monitor.”
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NEW YORK - The '85 Mets faced off against the '81 Reds in a rematch of a Quarter Final series from the 1986-1990 George H.W. Bush tournament. The '86 Mets had easily swept the '90 Reds in the prior meeting, and the '81 team hoped for better results. The two teams have a volatile history, and prior fights had tournament officials on edge as they hoped the baseball games could play out without the need of involving Dan Velderrain and the APBA Pro Boxing Game. Confusing things more was the fact that Ray Knight and George Foster were playing for both teams. If a fight broke out, would they have to punch themselves?
The team I grew up loving as a kid; the team who was cheated from a post season appearance because of the players strike; the team who I've played untold replays and tournaments with in the past with absolutely NO success had knocked off the powerful Mets and would face the '85 Cardinals in the NL Championship. Red's legendary broadcasters Joe Nuxhall and Marty Brennaman head west on their way to St. Louis for Game 1.