(GAME DATE — Oct. 26, 2020) — The Chicago Pit Bulls have proven they can run with the big dogs, after an exciting come from behind series win to take their first Bull Cup in 28 seasons.
The Chicago squad had dropped the first two games of the Bull Cup Championship Series to the Metro League’s Nevada Speeders, and looked to be facing serious trouble with a possible sweep. But they battled back to a 14-7 win in game 3 after the series moved to their home stadium, giving them their first W and avoiding a sweep.
Then, the Pit Bulls did what no one expected them to do, they won two more at home and put the series in their favor, 3-2. Both games were high scoring affairs, with game 4 ending 12-8 after Rambo picked up his 2nd home run of the series, and a pair of Mike Strang boomers were joined by four other long balls in a crucial game 5 win that saw the Pit Bulls outscore Nevada 13-2.
The series went back to the SpeederDome in Nevada for game 6, but the scoring onslaught that Chicago unleashed showed no signs of slowing down. Rambo homered for a third time in the series as the Pitties outscored the Speeders 12-5 to finish them off, winning four straight games after having been down 2-0.
John Rambo, who had earlier been named LL Elimination Round MVP, was named Bull Cup MVP after going 12-for-26 at the plate for a .462 average, and hitting for extra bases in five straight games to finish the series.
The championship marks Chicago’s first since winning the inaugural Bull Cup back in 1991, and in their first appearance since 2004, when they lost to the now defunct Chicoutimi Cinquantes. It was their first trip to the Bull Cup finals since coming over to the Lake League in 2012.
Nevada, who are tied with the Montreal Metros for most Bull Cup appearances, with 7, fall to a 1-6 record in their Bull Cup appearances. The Speeders last made a run at a cup in 2009. This series was the first time since 2008 that both teams in the finals were wild cards.
Chicago GM Scott Davis was said to be elated at the victory, and was consulting city officials concerning the victory parade that would be celebrated soon. When asked for a quote, Davis could only muster a “Wow!”