CLEVELAND — Diehard Cubs fans probably think about that epic Game 7 every day, right?
It was — arguably — the greatest baseball game ever played given the stakes (a winner-take-all to end one of the two biggest championship droughts in the sport) and all the wild moments.
The highlights still have the power to give Cubs fans chills 18 months later:
The @Cubs and Indians meet TONIGHT for the first time since Nov. 2nd, 2016.— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) April 24, 2018
Let's look back at that unforgettable night, and where the team is at now: https://t.co/ZWQVSstzEb pic.twitter.com/wwA10DUfP6
We can confirm...there's nothing better than Game 7. pic.twitter.com/rkysuX361V— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) April 25, 2018
But how often do the guys who took part in that game think about those moments?
This week, as the Cubs split a series with the Cleveland Indians and walked the same steps and sat in the same seats and put their stuff in the same lockers as they did almost exactly a year-and-a-half ago, the nostalgia was undeniable.
The first thing Addison Russell noticed was how he was at the same locker (many Cubs were) as the World Series and the visiting locker room carpet was redone.
He also admitted it felt surreal, almost like a dream.
Kyle Schwarber made that Hollywood-style comeback to be able to DH for the four World Series games at Progressive Field, but he doesn't think about his journey back from a devastating knee injury.
No, he preferred to focus on the Cubs' comeback from down 3-1 in the series.
"I like to think about the World Series," Schwarber said. "I really don't think about all that other stuff. I just think about the games that we played. Pretty much all the resiliency and everything right there that we had and how we faced adversity.
"I don't think anyone here doesn't think about it, because I always think about it all the time. It's that moment that we all live for and it's an addicting feeling and we want to get there again, so we just gotta take it a step at a time."
On the other side of the coin, Cubs manager Joe Maddon insists he doesn't spend time looking in the past.
"Not unless I'm asked about it," Maddon said. "I think I'm really good about turning pages and not even realizing it. I often talk about present tense and I think I'm pretty good about it. Unless it's brought up, I don't go there."
Admittedly, a lot has changed for these Cubs since then.
With World Series MVP Ben Zobrist currently on the disabled list, only 13 of the 25 active Cubs were also active in Game 7.
And given this 11-10 team has "World Series or bust" expectations on the 2018 campaign, there's work to be done and not much time to focus on the past.
Take David Bote — a 2012 Cubs draft pick who was just called up to make his MLB debut last weekend — who watched the road to end a 108-year title drought from afar, but is now in the midst of a bid at a new iteration of Even Year Magic.
"The organization does a great job of being all together and we're in one spot [in spring training], so you get to see and experience it with them," Bote said. "Here, what we're talking about is today and how we can win today. We don't really talk about what happened in the past in '16."