Is Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts clairvoyant?
The 2016 World Series champions visited Donald Trump at the White House in June and chatted up the president while they showed off the Commissioner’s Trophy. The Cubs were in Washington, D.C., to take on the Nationals, and that’s when Ricketts predicted the teams would face off in the postseason, where Washington would “crumble” to Chicago.
The Cubs, of course, beat the Nationals on Thursday in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. Pretty spooky stuff for Friday the 13th.
However, we can’t help but point out that it wasn’t exactly a difficult prediction to make. On June 28, when Ricketts made the comment, the Nats had a 9 1/2-game lead for first place in the NL East, while the Cubs were only one game back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.
The Nationals also have never won a playoff series since moving to Washington, losing in the NLDS three times in the last six seasons before adding another series defeat Thursday.
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