Let us take this occasion to ask our bosses for forgiveness, for the Cubs were in the playoffs and we were tired.
We’re sorry we’ve been so bleary-eyed at work. We really couldn’t help it. We had to watch.
But now that’s behind us. The series is over. The Dodgers advance. The lights at Wrigley are darkened.
Being able to get some sleep may be the only silver lining of this roller coaster few weeks, full of checking the score and enduring TBS commercial after TBS commercial well past midnight.
Mostly we were tired.
You might call it Postseason Baseball Condition, with such symptoms such as fatigue and frayed nerves, with side effects not limited to screaming at the TV. It peaked with the surreal and palpitation-inducing early-morning Game 5 against the Washington Nationals and has only worsened against the Dodgers. The malady was not helped by weak relief pitching and leaving runners in scoring positions, with complications from Yu Darvish and Yasiel Puig.
The only cure was a pennant victory and a subsequent World Series title. But not this year.
No respectable Cubs fan would ever complain about this condition of being tired – a glorious kind of tired felt only sporadically for about a century.
The outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimated employers in the Chicago area would lose a total of $24.5 million if each worker came in 15 minutes late or watched the game at his or her desk for that time, the Chicago Tribune reported. The math was a little squishy – it’s based on average hourly wage – but you get the point.
There’s always next year.
Cubs fans, you can start catching up on sleep now.