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World Series Game 7 base sold for a completely mind-boggling total

World Series Game 7 base sold for a completely mind-boggling total

Major League Baseball is still cashing in on the greatest game ever played. Now, a base from World Series Game 7 has earned a whole truckload of money.

The bag that was used for first base in the ninth and 10th innings of Game 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland just sold on MLB's website for more than $100,000 — $101,237, to be exact:

Of course, that base was on the field for the crazy finish, including the best rain delay in Cubs history.

It's the base Kyle Schwarber touched after his leadoff single in the 10th and the base Albert Almora Jr. tagged up from to get to second and score the eventual championship-clinching run.

And it was the base Anthony Rizzo had his left foot planted upon when he received that high throw from Kris Bryant to retire Michael Martinez and end a 108-year drought.

Still, six figures is a damn mighty price to pay for a base...

Kris Bryant hit a homer, but Cubs announcer Jim Deshaies stole the show with an incredible sequence

Kris Bryant hit a homer, but Cubs announcer Jim Deshaies stole the show with an incredible sequence

The last time Kris Bryant homered, milk was 10 cents a gallon, nobody had ever heard the term "launch angle" and Khalil Mack was still on the Raiders.

OK, it's not been quite that long (except the last point is true), but the 2016 MVP went yard Monday night for the first time in nearly two months.

Bryant's opposite field shot was his first dinger since July 20 or put another way — it was his first homer since the Cubs traded for Cole Hamels and Jesse Chavez.

It was beautiful swing, too, but Cubs TV analyst Jim Deshaies upstaged Bryant by calling the shot and maintaining that prediction the entire at-bat.

Deshaies and Len Kasper teamed up for one of the most incredible calls of the Cubs 2018 season, adding to the joy for fans as they watched the 2016 NL MVP finally get on the board in the homer column.

Bryant hit a solo shot on July 20 against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field, but went on the shelf four days later after aggravating his shoulder injury. He missed more than five weeks before returning Sept. 1 and then went another 49 at-bats before connecting on his first dinger.

That's a great sign for a Cubs offense that has scuffled badly in September and has missed Bryant being Bryant.

Even Joe Maddon's son enjoys second-guessing his dad

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Even Joe Maddon's son enjoys second-guessing his dad

When Joe Maddon walked out of the visiting dugout at Chase Field Monday night, Cubs fans were in an uproar on Twitter.

Including Maddon's own son, Joseph.

Maddon opted to take starter Kyle Hendricks out of the Cubs' 5-1 victory with two outs in the ninth inning following Paul Goldschmidt's single up the middle.

To which Joseph responded: "I get why he did it but I still booed my dad for pulling The Professor."

Maddon gets a lot of heat on Twitter, but this was an appropriate, light-hearted take on second-guessing the decisions of the Cubs skipper in a game in which his team cruised to its 88th victory of the season.

For all the crap he takes, this has probably been Maddon's finest season at the helm of the Cubs, who currently hold the best record in the National League despite an exhausting stretch over the last month.

Since Pedro Strop went down with a hamstring injury in Washington D.C. last Thursday, Maddon has had to get creative with the Cubs bullpen, deploying the likes of Dillon Maples, Jaime Garcia, Randy Rosario and Jorge De La Rosa alongside the team's top relievers in high-leverage situations.

The result has been a string of 9.2 scoreless innings from the Cubs bullpen, including the one pitch Justin Wilson threw Monday night before the final out.