10/16/2003 12:40 AM ET
Official NLCS Postgame Notes
Florida Marlins at Chicago Cubs, Game 7, Oct. 15, 2003
Mar-velous Accomplishment: Florida is now the fourth team in LCS history overcome a 3-1 deficit and win the LCS... The others were the 1985 Kansas City Royals over the Toronto Blue Jays, 1986 Boston Red Sox over the California Angels and the 1996 Atlanta Braves over the St. Louis Cardinals... The Fish will be playing in their second World Series and first since 1997 when they beat the Cleveland Indians in seven games.
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Catching Up With Pudge: Florida's Ivan Rodriguez is the fifth catcher in NLCS history to win MVP honors... Darrell Porter received LCS MVP honors with St. Louis in 1982, Javy Lopez won it in 1996 with Atlanta and Eddie Perez won it as a catcher in the 1999 NLCS with Atlanta... Last year San Francisco's Benito Santiago captured MVP honors during the 2002 NLCS.
McKeon's Magic: Florida's Jack McKeon is the first manager since Philadelphia's Paul Owens to lead his team to the World Series after not starting the year as the club's manager.
Destination Unknown: Saturday night the Marlins will open the World Series in either New York or Boston...The Marlins are 6-8 all-time against the Yankees and 7-11 against the Red Sox.
Pitching In: Kerry Wood's second-inning two-run home run was the fourth in NLCS history by a pitcher and first since Chicago's Rick Sutcliffe went deep in Game One of the 1984 NLCS against San Diego... In addition, Wood went deep six times during the regular season this year...Wood and Sutcliffe are the club's only pitchers to homer in the postseason.
Just Not Himself Tonight: Kerry Wood allowed a total of seven earned runs tonight...In his previous three postseason starts, he gave up a total of six earned runs in 22.0 innings of work.
Moises Makes His Mark: Moises Alou homered for the second time this series and the fifth time in his postseason career... The other three were as a member of the Marlins in the 1997 World Series.
Bombs Away: Earlier this series, Chicago and Florida established a NLCS record for most home runs in a series (the previous record was 14)... With four home runs tonight, Chicago (13) and Florida (10) established a postseason record with a total of twenty three.
A First In the First: Florida scored in the first inning for the first time this series and also the first since Game Three of the Division Series against San Francisco... For the series, Chicago outscored the Fish 12-3 in the opening frame.
Rodriguez Rolling: Pudge Rodriguez drove in his 10th RBI of the series, establishing the record for RBI in a NLCS (San Francisco's Matt Williams had nine in 1989)... In addition, it was also Rodriguez' 16th RBI this postseason, establishing a Marlins postseason RBI record.
Read All About It: The two teams ended the series with a combined 52 extra base hits to establish a new NLCS record... The previous record was 47 by Atlanta and Pittsburgh in 1992.
Hitting Their Stride: The two teams ended the series with a combined 133 hits, establishing a new NLCS record for combined hits in a series.
Call of the Wild: Florida is now the fourth National League wild card team to advance to the World Series... Florida also entered the postseason as a wild card in 1997 and won the World Series... The Mets advanced to the Fall Classic as a wild card in 2000 and San Francisco made it to the World Series before losing to Anaheim in six games last year.
Never Say Die: The Marlins are now 4-0 in games when facing elimination in postseason history... In addition to the last three games, the Marlins also won the seventh and deciding game of the 1997 World Series over the Cleveland Indians.
Making Himself At Home: Miguel Cabrera hit .300 in the four games played at Wrigley Field this series... In addition to his first inning three-run home run tonight, he also homered here in Game One... His three home runs this series was the most by a rookie in LCS history... No rookie ever hit more than one home run in prior LCS history.
Pierre Puts Himself In Record Books: Juan Pierre's first-inning triple was his second of the series, tying a NLCS record for three baggers in a series with St. Louis' Willie McGee in 1982 and Philadelphia's Mariano Duncan in 1993.
Crossing the Plate: The 82 combined runs by Florida and Chicago in this series established a NLCS record... The previous mark was 69 by the Pittsburgh Pirates (35) and Atlanta Braves (34) in the 1992 NLCS.
A Clinch No Cinch: Chicago is now 3-8 in club history in games in which it can clinch a series.
Feeling At Home On The Road: The road team went 5-2 in this series... The only wins by the home team came in Game Two when Chicago won 12-3 and on Sunday when Florida shut out the Cubbies by a score of 4-0.
Pinch Me: Troy O'Leary's pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning was the second pinch-hit homer of this series... Florida's Mike Lowell also hit a pinch-hit blast in Game One here at Wrigley Field in the 11th inning in Florida' 9-8 win.