Almost everything went well for the Chicago Cubs in 2016. They had excellent starting pitching nearly wire to wire and brutalized opposing teams with a balanced offense. By season’s end, management addressed the bullpen — the team’s only weakness up until then. After vanquishing the Dodgers in six games, the Cubs made the franchise’s first World Series appearance since 1945. Then, in one of the most exciting World Series finishes in recent history, the club erased a championship drought that started in 1908.
If history taught us anything, it hasn’t been easy for Chicago. Cubs fans have seen some epic collapses in the postseason — ones you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Not counting the disasters of 1929 and 1945, we’ve seen botched plays in the field, fan interference, and hot bats instantly gone cold. Here are the three biggest chokes in Chicago Cubs postseason history. We’re thankful we didn’t have to add 2016 to this list.