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This is the 32 year anniversary of perhaps the best day in Cubs post-season history in my lifetime.

On this day, October 3, in 1984, the Cubs defeated the Padres, 4-2. Steve Trout threw 8 1/3 innings allowing only 5 hits and Lee Smith came in for the save.

The day before, Bobby Dernier, who was the very first Cubs batter in the post-season since 1945 led off the Cubs 1st inning with a home run, the first of 5 home runs that day for the Addison Street Miracle as they pounded lumps on the Padres winning game one 13-0. Ron Cey and Rick Sutcliffe also hit dingers. “The Sarge” Gary Mathews hit two in the first post season game at Wrigley Field in 39 years.

The NLCS moved to San Diego. The Cubs were up 2 games to 0 and all looked good.

If this had a happy ending, we wouldn’t still be talking about 108 years of futility.

Tickets for any of the forthcoming MLB Playoff games at Wrigley this year are unavailable or grossly overpriced. The same was true in 1984.

However, through the magic of the “Fully Krausened” beer from God’s Country, I and our group of eight or so of fanatic Cubs friends were presented with the opportunity to purchase a sleeve of post season tickets. Two for the NLCS, three for the World Series.

My friend, Steve’s dad knew the Old Style beer distributor for Wrigley Field who happened upon this memorable opportunity and we were more than willing to shell out the $130.00 for the five ticket sleeve. ($20 each for the NLCS, $30 a pop for the World Series.)

We used two of them and won both games we attended.

Oh sure, I’d love to attend a playoff game in this 2016 run, but the likelihood of tickets from the beer fairy seems unrealistic. Yet I look at the innocuous frog hidden on the lower corner of the Old Style can and wonder, “You got another ribbit in you?”

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