LA's Metro System Poked Fun At Cubs Fans & The CTA While Chicago Wept After Game 3
By Stephen Gossett in News on Oct 18, 2017 8:57PM
Sad Cubs fans at Game Three of the NLCS / Getty Images
As if the ignominy of the Cubs falling 0-3 in the NLCS wasn't humiliation enough, and as if dealing with gloating Dodgers fans hadn't provided more-than-ample irritation, the Wrigley faithful on Wednesday night had to endure some salty shade from one particularly unlikely tormenter: LA's mass transit system. And they even dragged our poor, innocent CTA into the fracas.
By the time the Cubs were down 6-1 late in Game Three, and the Cubs were being dominated in virtually every facet of the sport, some at Wrigley decided—not unreasonably—that they'd seen enough. Given the Cubs' futility against LA's masterful bullpen, there was really no clawing back. Also, the game started at 8 p.m. Chicago time. Baseball games in 2017 last on average 16 hours. It was late, and people gotta work the next day!
But LA's Metro Rail opted for the opposite of humility in victory, and @'ed a hapless CTA in its pile-on.
"Happy to see our friends and colleagues at the @cta providing great service to all the @Cubs fans leaving the game early!," Metro tweeted.
As happens with bait-y tweets, the clapback was vociferous and swift. One of the best in our opinion called glass-house-rock-throwing shenanigans, referencing LA's infamous fair-weather streak when it comes to supporting its teams. Take it away:
That’s pretty funny from the land of leaving games early.— Drake (@_drakep3) October 18, 2017
But while the Metro's pre-final-out diss got the most attention, the account had apparently gone knives-out on the CTA even before the game began.
The CTA tweeted earlier in the day that reps would be handing out free posters at the Addison Red Line stop ahead of Game Three. The posters' tagline? "One 'L' of a Team!" You can probably see where this is heading.
Indeed "L" in sports translates to "loss" just as firmly as "L" in Chicago transitspeak telegraphs "elevated." And the CTA heard again and again from the social-media hecklers. They tried to explain the reference—but that's always an indicator that the fight has been lost.
With minimal prodding, the Metro went in for the kill:
aww, that's nice. Is the L for... pic.twitter.com/0uSTNpma59— Metro (@metrolosangeles) October 17, 2017
Truth be told, the transit side eye felt slightly deserved. We recall some minor snickering when D.C.'s Metro had to announce an extended hour of service in order to accommodate crowds who might've otherwise let out of Cubs/Nationals games in the Division Series after the rail had shut down for the night.
So consider it a clean slate, LA Metro. And maybe don't get too sharp-elbowed until you're officially unburdened of that 29-year World Series dry spell.
]H/T Los Angeles Daily News]