Shortly after slugging their way to victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS, the Chicago Cubs continued their historic home run binge by hitting three more long balls on the way out of the home clubhouse at Wrigley Field.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon applauded his team’s effort, saying, “I tell you what, I’m proud of these boys, they played hard and didn’t let anything faze them. Even when we were heading home, there were three instances of balls just appearing out of nowhere, and these guys didn’t even miss a beat. They hit them straight out of the park. It didn’t count for any extra runs, but I liked to see that level of fight in them.”
According to reports, Rizzo, Bryant, and Soler each saw baseballs tossed at them casually as a voice that sounded strangely like that of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny shouted, “Think fast!” In each instance, the player grabbed a bat seemingly out of nowhere, and launched the errant pitch over the left field wall.
While strong winds definitely helped, the three home runs after the official end of a game were a record, beating the previous record of two post-game home runs set by the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in 2009.