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GAME OF THE DAY

Cubs clinch division title with 5-4 win

September 21, 2008|From the Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs stormed up the dugout steps, spraying champagne the whole way. Then came a victory lap around Wrigley Field to douse their loyal fans and soak up a second straight NL Central title. It was a joyous scene, one they hope to top in October.

"It's a relief and you have to let it out and enjoy it," first baseman Derrek Lee said after Saturday's 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals wrapped up the division championship. "We're still trying to get to our ultimate goal."

The Cubs earned back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time since they participated in three straight World Series from 1906 to 1908. And no one can forget 1908. That's the last time the Cubs won the World Series.

"This team has got to stand on its own merit," Manager Lou Piniella said. "We'll give everything we can in the postseason. That's all we can do."

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