Ryne Sandberg played in two playoff series during his 16-year MLB career.
The Cubs' Hall of Fame second baseman hit a scorching .385 with a 1.098 OPS in the 1984 and 1989 playoffs.
But, of course, Sandberg never reached the World Series in his 15 seasons with the Cubs. The North Siders bowed out in the NLCS to the Padres in 1984 and in 1989 to the Giants.
That's what made Sandberg's inclusion in this year's Cubs playoff run so special. When the Hall of Famer wasn't providing analysis during CSN's Postseason Live show, he was rooting on the North Siders as they battled their way back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Indians in seven games.
And it was the way the Cubs went about their business on a daily basis that impressed Sandberg so much, and allowed him to forget the past failures the Cubs had during his time with the team.
"They're just so respectful of the game and all the players that came before them, it's very gratifying," Sandberg said. "But they've made it for me to be able to live in the moment and not think about the past, so (I'm) celebrating right with them."
See what else Ryno had to say to CSN's Kelly Crull in the video above.
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Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.
Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.
At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.
This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.
Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.
Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.
David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.
Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: