The 2016 Cubs were always known to be a loose bunch. Even before the start of the biggest game of their lives, the Cubs clubhouse wasn’t focused on the game.
Instead, they were preoccupied with video games.
Dexter Fowler penned a piece for The Players Tribune discussing Game 7 of the World Series and the aftermath that ensued. The whole piece is fascinating, but one of the best representatives of their clubhouse came from the following anecdote.
“An hour or so before the first pitch — in what would be the biggest game of all our lives — my teammates and I were back in the clubhouse … all huddled together … Playing Mario Kart.“
“At first it just started out with a few guys. But before long everyone was in on it. No one wanted to lose, because it was one of those things like, you lose … you’re out. Next guy steps in for you.
And the crazy thing was, it seemed like each guy had the best Mario Kart races of his life that night. Riz, Tommy Lastella, everyone was at their career-best level. It was impressive.
In retrospect, maybe that was a good omen.
I’m not saying that Mario Kart was the key to our trophy or anything. But, you know, a few hours later we were world champs.“