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Cubs flight to LA diverted to New Mexico and it wasn't because they wanted to see the set of Breaking Bad

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Cubs flight to LA diverted to New Mexico and it wasn't because they wanted to see the set of Breaking Bad

Well, that's a buzzkill.

After a night of enjoying an abundance of adult beverages following an epic Game 5 victory over the Washington Nationals, the Cubs were probably looking forward to enjoying a little shut-eye when they arrived in Los Angeles early Friday morning.

Sleep will have to wait as the Cubs' team plane was diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico in the middle of night. The plane has been on the ground for three-plus hours, according to 670 The Score's Danny Parkins.

While the weather in Albuquerque is rather balmy this time of the year and the city was also the setting for AMC's hit TV series Breaking Bad, neither are reasons why the Cubs had to land in New Mexico.

A team spokesman told 670 The Score that the plane was diverted due to a "non-player health issue."

The good news is the situation is not life-threatening for the individual.

It may a little early for fried chicken, but maybe Gus Fring can hand deliver the Cubs a few buckets of Los Pollos Hermanos while they wait for departure. 

The Cubs have Friday off before they begin the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night at 7:08 p.m.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.

At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.

Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.

Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.

Podcast: Wild week at Wrigley wraps up with Cubs showing what they’re made of

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Podcast: Wild week at Wrigley wraps up with Cubs showing what they’re made of

The Cubs have been a different team the last six weeks, looking a lot more like the resilient bunch from 2016 than the sluggish 2017 squad that lacked energy. After some wacky circumstances Monday and a tough loss in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Cubs came out and showed what they’re made of in the last two games of the series against the Dodgers, a team that knocked them out of postseason play last fall.

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki sum up the longest short homestand (or shortest long homestand?), updating the status of Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow, the Cubs pitching staff and how the team is rounding into form as the season’s halfway mark approaches.

Check out the entire podcast here: