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Cubs Make History After Clinching Playoff Spot for Fourth Straight Year

They're clinching to the N.L. Central title, but they will be in the postseason no matter what.

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Cubs fans waited 108 years to see their team win the World Series, and last night, they saw them accomplish something they've waited even longer to see - four straight playoff appearances. 

It truly is the "golden age" of Cubs baseball. Fans are getting spoiled.

Three straight NLCS appearances, closing in on (barely) three straight NL Central titles, a long-awaited World Series championship, and now this year another trip to October, but you'd think clinching a playoff spot and fighting for a division crown late in this season was punishment now. 

Four straight Octobers of the Cubs playing for a chance to win the World Series. Think about that. People lived through the Titanic, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the '60's, 11 Cardinals World Series titles, a White Sox World Series?!?!, and a few blown opportunities themselves without ever getting to see their Cubs be an annual playoff team. 

But, the downside of them clinching was it's only a Wild Card spot. You know, the one game playoff. It says a lot about where the franchise is right now that clinching a Wild Card spot is a disappointment, but it would be. 

They currently are clinging to a .5 game lead over the smoking hot Milwaukee Brewers with no room to breathe. Basically, the Cubs have to win out to win the division. The magic number is four, and they have four games remaining. One tonight vs. the Pirates to finish the final four-game series against the Buccos, and a three-game series with arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals this weekend. 

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