Powell at the Park: Cubs clinch, still have ‘larger baseball fish to fry’

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The Wrigley Field marquee makes it official: The Cubs are the 2016 NL Central Division Champs! (Rick Pearson / Twitter)

By Kevin Powell

The first chapter in the Cubs 2016 season is complete. They fell to the Brewers, 5-4, but the rival Cardinals lost to the Giants giving the North Siders their first NL Central Championship in eight seasons.

In a year that has seen almost nothing but dominance from the Cubs, they found a way to win even when they lost. The Cardinals loss didn’t come until close to midnight so the celebrating will begin after their 1:20pm game against Milwaukee today. “It’s gonna be a lot of fun,” right fielder Jason Heyward said after Thursday night’s loss. “I feel like we deserve it, we earned it. It’s been a fun year, exciting year.” Exciting and fun are a couple ways of describing this season. They own the best record in baseball, have multiple CY Young and MVP candidates and can now focus on clinching home field advantage in the postseason.

Despite all that, the Cubs know this is just one small step towards the main goal. “We have much larger baseball fish to fry in our skillets,” manager Joe Maddon said. And he’s exactly right. Sure, enjoy the division crown, but its World Series or bust for the most talented team in the league.

The goal now is to stay healthy, stay rested and clinch home field. Then it’s take care of business in October.

Kevin Powell covers Chicago baseball  for WGN Radio and anchors sports on The Roe Conn Show with Anna Davlantes, M-F/3-7p.