CLEVELAND -- Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio's walk home takes about 10 minutes on a normal night. On Saturday, it took a lot longer.The streets were still filled with delirious fans when Bosio left Wrigley Field hours after the Cubs' win over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the National
CLEVELAND -- Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio's walk home takes about 10 minutes on a normal night. On Saturday, it took a lot longer.
The streets were still filled with delirious fans when Bosio left Wrigley Field hours after the Cubs' win over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, clinching a trip to the World Series. For Bosio, one of the men with Brewers ties who are participating in the 112th World Series, it was an enjoyable obstacle course.
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"When the streets are barricaded like that and there's 20,000 people on your block, it makes it a little more difficult," he said. "Unbelievable atmosphere. Hopefully, we'll have that a couple more times."
Bosio was stopped a few times on his way home by happy Cubs fans.
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"Last year really opened my eyes to that whole thing because of how it went down against St. Louis [in the NL Division Series]," he said. "It was so emotional for the fans last year, and getting to know so many of the people in our neighborhood, and having relationships with them, whether you see them at a dry cleaner, the grocery store or just walking down the street. Now you recognize faces. It's amazing, because you see the three generations of family hanging out on your porch. People yelling out from their balconies. It's just a unique area, a unique culture.
"The letters, now, are pouring in from fans. There's so many memories and tears. People asking you to sign some strange things, family heirlooms. … It's amazing to hear the stories."
Bosio always hoped to have a similar celebration in Milwaukee. He was the Brewers' second-round Draft pick in 1982, the year the team appeared in its only World Series and lost to the Cardinals in seven games. Bosio made it to the Majors in 1986 and was part of 1987's Team Streak, a club that set an American League record by going 13-0 to start the season. His final season in Milwaukee was '92, when the Brewers won 92 regular-season games in their final season with Robin Yount and Paul Molitor as teammates, but finished in second place in the AL East to the eventual World Series champion Blue Jays.
He then went on to Seattle, making it to the postseason in 1995 but falling short of the World Series. Bosio pitched against the Indians at Progressive Field (it was Jacobs Field then) in the AL Championship Series.
Now he's back here as the coach of a pitching staff led by Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta.
"Being part of those Brewers teams, getting drafted in '82 and rubbing elbows with all those Hall of Famers with the Brewers, and then going over to Seattle with some unbelievable players there, and coming up a little short," he said, makes him appreciate "being able to get back here. We say it a lot: It's really hard to win a Major League game. It's even harder to win a postseason game. We really cherish this."
Other Brewers ties in this World Series include Indians manager Terry Francona, who finished his Major League playing career with the Brewers from 1989-90, and broadcaster Rick Manning, most famous in Milwaukee for his walk-off hit in 1987 with Paul Molitor on deck, ending Molitor's 39-game hitting streak. The Indians' disabled list includes former Brewers prospect Michael Brantley, who went to Cleveland in the 2008 CC Sabathia trade.
Besides Bosio, the Cubs' coaching staff has former catcher Henry Blanco, who serves as Chicago's "quality assurance coach."
"It's been great," Bosio said of the Cubs' run to the World Series. "Honestly, we got a taste of it last year [in the NLCS]. Expectations were high going into Spring Training. We believe the plan was laid out and we just had to stay healthy and follow the plan.
"We're almost there. We're four wins away from executing that plan and having a lot of fun doing it."
Adam McCalvy has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.