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Great Moments From The Cubs' Wild Card Blowout

By Emma G. Gallegos in News on Oct 8, 2015 3:15PM

Jake Arrieta celebrates in the locker room. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Cubs fans are a superstitious lot, but the odds were in the team's favor last night in their make-or-break game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Cubs shut down the Pirates in Pittsburgh in a 4-0 victory, which was a big deal: it's been 12 years since the Cubs won a playoff game. Fans in Wrigleyville were certainly celebrating like it was a big deal. The Pirates didn't put up much of a fight score-wise. However, the game did get a little heated—see the time Jake Arrieta got beaned by the pitcher. Both benches cleared:

The Pirates' Sean Rodriguez was ejected for throwing a punch. He says Cubs catcher David Ross tried to choke him. He told the Post-Gazette, "When somebody grabs you by the neck, do you really need an invitation at that point?" Rodriguez said. "Do you need any buildup?"

No one was hurt, except for this poor, unfortunate Gatorade cooler:

The Pirates definitely had the Cubs beat when it came to kid fans. How could you top this?

How about with this kid who was mimicking both the pitchers...

...and the batters?

But once again, the Arrietas pulled through:

Arrieta later told the New York Times, "I'm exhausted. I haven't felt this way all year. This atmosphere, the energy, it was unbelievable."

Savor the victory now, Cubs fans. This Friday the team will be facing off against the Cardinals.