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CSN to replay every Cubs 2016 MLB Postseason victory along with World Series Championship Parade/Rally celebration!

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CSN to replay every Cubs 2016 MLB Postseason victory along with World Series Championship Parade/Rally celebration!

Relive all 11 Wins beginning Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 PM CT

Game wrap-around interviews to include personal reflections from Joe Maddon, Jed Hoyer, Tom Ricketts, Crane Kenney,

David Kaplan, Todd Hollandsworth, Kelly Crull, and fan favorite David Ross!

Chicago, IL (December 12, 2016) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, will provide its viewers with a special programming gift this holiday season entitled Chicago Cubs: This Was The Year presented by Chevy

Beginning Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 PM CT, this extraordinary, five-day (December 22-26) holiday journey will give viewers the opportunity to relive (and DVR) all of the excitement and glory of the Cubs amazing World Series Championship run with the original, nationally-televised game replays of EVERY Cubs MLB Postseason victory in the National League Division Series vs. the San Francisco Giants, the National League Championship Series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers – plus, the unforgettable, heart-pounding 2016 World Series Championship against the Cleveland Indians, which earned the Cubs their long-awaited first World Series title in 108 years.

As an added bonus for every Cubs Postseason game replay, CSN will provide a number of brand new, between-inning interviews, featuring personal reflections on key moments of a particular game and their own personal remembrances of this historic season from the following individuals: Joe Maddon (Cubs Manager), Jed Hoyer (Cubs EVP/GM), Tom Ricketts (Cubs Chairman), Crane Kenney (Cubs President, Business Operations), David Kaplan (CSN Cubs studio host), Todd Hollandsworth (CSN Cubs studio analyst), Kelly Crull (CSN Cubs beat reporter), along with the recently retired/beloved fan favorite, team catcher David Ross.

CSN will televise the first of its 11 Cubs/MLB Postseason game replays on Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 PM beginning with Game 1 of the NLDS, which featured Jon Lester’s masterful eight-inning 1-0 shutout performance against the visiting Giants.  Game 2 of the NLDS will air immediately following the Game 1 replay at 9:00 PM on Dec. 22.  The Cubs Game 4 NLDS clincher will air the following evening (Fri, Dec. 23) at 10:30 PM.   

Over the course of the following three days/nights, CSN will air all four wins from their NLCS, pennant-clinching win against the Dodgers (starting with Game 1 on Christmas Eve, Sat Dec. 24 at 5:00 PM), and then -- beginning on Christmas Day, Sun Dec. 25 at 3:00 PM -- CSN will carry all four 2016 World Series victories against the American League champion Indians, including what many have called the greatest World Series game of all time: the Cubs historic come-from-behind Game 7 victory (airing on Mon, Dec. 26 at 10:30 AM). 

Also on Dec. 26 at 3:00 PM, CSN replay a one-hour condensed version of its celebratory coverage of the 2016 Cubs World Series Championship Parade & Rally, featuring hosts David Kaplan & Todd Hollandsworth, a reporting crew consisting of Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull, along with Chris Boden, Luke Stuckmeyer, Leila Rahimi, and Chuck Garfien, plus - special guests/Chicago natives CM Punk and John & Joan Cusack among others. CSN’s World Series Championship Parade & Rally replay will be followed by an encore presentation of Inside Look: Cubs Celebration at 4:00 PM, featuring exclusive, behind-the-scenes, locker room & on-the-field celebratory footage. (NOTES: The entire schedule for CSN’s Chicago Cubs: This Was The Year presented by Chevy programming line-up is included in this announcement…MLB Postseason game replays will only be made available within CSN Chicago’s regular MLB viewing territory.)

From a digital standpoint, fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s “CubsTalk” section (csnchicago.com/cubs) for a complete recap of the Cubs historic journey to their first World Series championship since 1908, featuring game recaps, numerous profile reports, exclusive video, and much more provided by Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney and CSNChicago.com’s team of Cubs experts. Fans can also get interactive during all games of CSN’s special holiday marathon presentation of Chicago Cubs: This Was The Year presented by Chevy by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #CubsTalk.

CHICAGO CUBS: THIS WAS THE YEAR presented by Chevy  

Thursday, December 22

6:30 PM – NLDS/Game 1: San Francisco at Cubs (1-0 win -- Lester with eight shutout innings; Baez game-winning HR in 8th inning)

9:00 PM – NLDS/Game 2: San Francisco at Cubs (5-2 win -- Cubs pitchers come up big at the plate featuring Hendricks with a two-run single in the 2nd, along with a solo shot courtesy of Wood)

Friday, December 23

10:30 PM – NLDS/Game 4: Cubs at San Francisco (6-5 series-clinching win -- Cubs storm back from a 5-2 deficit with four huge runs in the top of the 9th; Chapman with third save; Ross homers in the 3rd)

Christmas Eve - Saturday, December 24

5:00 PM – NLCS/Game 1: LA Dodgers at Cubs (8-4 win -- Tied at 3-3 in the 8th, Cubs explode for five runs, including a Montero grand slam and an insurance HR from Fowler)

8:30 PM – NLCS/Game 4: Cubs at LA Dodgers (10-2 win -- Rizzo & Russell both go 3-5 with key HR’s in this blowout victory)

Christmas Day - Sunday, December 25

8:00 AM – NLCS/Game 5: Cubs at LA Dodgers (8-4 win -- Baez with bases loaded, two-out double in the 8th gives Cubs a 3-2 series advantage)

12:15 PM – NLCS/Game 6: LA Dodgers at Cubs (5-0 series-clinching win -- The Cubs win the NL pennant thanks to a brilliant 7.1 inning shutout performance from Hendricks, along with huge RBIs off Dodgers ace Kershaw via Bryant, Zobrist, Fowler, Contreras, and Rizzo)

3:00 PM – World Series/Game 2: Cubs at Cleveland (5-1 win -- Schwarber goes 2-4 w/two RBI to help the Cubs tie the series at a game apiece)

7:00 PM – World Series/Game 5: Cleveland at Cubs (3-2 win -- On the brink of elimination in the final game at Wrigley Field in 2016, the Cubs score all three of their runs in the 4th, which included a solo shot from Bryant; Chapman closes game with 2.2 IP and four K’s)

Monday, December 26

7:00 AM – World Series/Game 6: Cubs at Cleveland (9-3 win -- The amazing series comeback continued as the Cubs came out swinging with seven runs in the first three innings, highlighted by Russell’s 3rd inning grand slam and standout offensive performances from Bryant/4-5, HR & Rizzo/3-5, HR)

10:30 AM – World Series/Game 7: Cubs at Cleveland (8-7 series-clinching win -- In what has been hailed by many as the greatest World Series game ever played, the Cubs miraculous series comeback was highlighted by WS MVP Zobrist’s 10th inning run-scoring double, followed by Montero’s ultimate game-winning single scoring Rizzo from third; mania ensued in Cleveland and throughout the city of Chicago when a smiling Bryant fielded the final out giving the Cubs their first World Series championship in 108 years!)

3:00 PM – Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship Parade & Rally (Featuring exclusive, behind-the-scenes, bus rooftop footage with Cubs players, CSN will present a one-hour condensed version of the historic celebratory parade which began at Wrigley Field to its final rally destination in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park)

4:00 PM – Inside Look: Cubs Celebration (Encore presentation of Inside Look featuring even more exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage of one of the greatest celebrations in Chicago sports history)

All times Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change

A Hobbled Hero: Baez, Cubs keep finding wild ways to win

A Hobbled Hero: Baez, Cubs keep finding wild ways to win

Javy Baez has only seen one pitch in the Cubs-Phillies series, but that's all he needs to make a major impact.

"El Mago" notched his first walk-off RBI since May 8, 2016 in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night, lacing the only pitch he saw from Juan Nicasio down the right-field line. Baez had missed the entire series to that point due to a heel injury he suffered Sunday in Washington D.C. and actually underwent an MRI before Tuesday's game to make sure there was no other damage.

Baez's single put the finishing touches on the Cubs' first win this season when trailing after eight innings. They now lead the majors with five walk-off victories.

After another blown lead by the bullpen (the third in the last week), the Cubs entered the bottom of the ninth down 2-1, but Kris Bryant led off with a walk and then Anthony Rizzo doubled. After a Willson Contreras flyout, Jason Heyward was intentionally walked and then Albert Almora Jr. hit a tapper in front of home plate that Bryant just barely beat out at home to tie the game.

Then came Baez, as Joe Maddon opted to go to the hobbled star in place of Daniel Descalso, who was 0-for-4 on the evening to that point.

Prior to the ninth inning, Maddon wasn't sure if Baez would even be available to pinch hit in the game, but trainer P.J. Mainville taped up Javy's foot/ankle at the start of the inning and gave the Cubs skipper the all-clear.

"Just give PJ some credit on the tape job," Maddon joked. "This is right out of the Lombardi era kind of stuff. Tape and aspirin — go ahead and play. That's what everybody's football coach said."

If Baez hadn't delivered the walk-off hit and the Cubs wound up in extra innings, Maddon said he didn't know if Baez would be able to even play the field on his injured heel and the only player left on the bench was backup catcher Victor Caratini.

"In moments like that, you can only think it so far," Maddon said. "And then at some point, you gotta throw it at the wall and see what happens."

Maddon doesn't know if Baez will be able to play Wednesday night, but plans to make two lineups and then check with the shortstop to see about his status when he arrives at the field.

Baez's Cubs teammates are no longer surprised at the ridiculous things he does or how easy he makes some very difficult tasks look. Bryant joked he was actually upset Baez didn't hit it over the fence for a walk-off grand slam.

"I don't even know what's going on with him half the time anyway," Bryant said. "It's like, 'oh, Javy's pinch-hitting. And then I was debating like, 'don't swing at the first pitch," but I was like, 'no, it's Javy.' 

"It was awesome. He just like goes up there and swings the bat. If he didn't have to run to first base, he wouldn't. It's just like, 'I'm so good, I'm just gonna get this hit and then we're gonna go home.'"

However awe-inspiring Baez's Kirk Gibson impression was, the only reason the Cubs were even in the spot to win the game at that moment was because of the hustle and aggressive baserunning from Bryant. 

His game-tying run on Almora's tapper in front of the plate was huge, but his first trip around the bases was even more impressive. 

With Bryant on second base and Rizzo on first in the first inning, both runners were off on the full-count pitch to Contreras, who hit a routine grounder to Phillies shortstop Jean Segura. As Segura made the throw to first to retire Contreras, Bryant never hesitated around third base and scored on some heads-up, aggressive baserunning that looked like a page right out of the El Mago Playbook.

Bryant said as he was running, he thought about what it's like to play the left side of the infield on such a routine play and felt like he could catch the Phillies by surprise.

"I saw [third base coach Brian Butterfield] holding me up, too, and I just kept going," Bryant said. "I almost felt like I had eyes in the back of my head. It was kind of like one of those experiences that it's hard to explain, but I just kept going."

That run was all Jose Quintana and the Cubs needed for six innings, until Carl Edwards Jr. came on in relief for the seventh. Edwards allowed a leadoff single and then a double two batters later, giving way to Brandon Kintzler with two outs.

Kintzler gave up a groundball single up the middle to Andrew McCutchen and just like that, the Cubs' thin 1-0 lead had evaporated in the blink of an eye. And with the offensive issues (they were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position before Baez's hit), that looked to be enough to send the Cubs to their second straight defeat in frustrating fashion.

But the magic of El Mago and Bryant allowed the Cubs to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and send fans home happy and with a little more belief that this just might be a special summer on Chicago's North Side.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Jake Arrieta discusses his return & Mark DeRosa talks the leadoff spot

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Jake Arrieta discusses his return & Mark DeRosa talks the leadoff spot

Hear from Jake Arrieta after his first start as a visitor at Wrigley Field, including his thoughts on facing his former teammates and the standing ovation he received during his first at-bat (1:30). Then, Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by MLB Network's Mark DeRosa to discuss the Cubs' leadoff spot, the team outperforming expectations so far, and much more (8:15).

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Cubs Talk Podcast

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