David Ross crouched behind home plate during the third inning of NLCS Game 4, as his Cubs trailed the Mets, 6-0. He was, understandably, anxious to get the inning over -- when you're down in an elimination game, your opponents' at-bats can never be over soon enough.
So, when Steven Matz came to the plate with two outs and Travis Wood fired a slider past him, Ross stood up and hurried to the dugout like that was the frame. He even slid the ball over the roof to the fans sitting behind it. But it was just strike two.
Hey -- he was due up third in the next half-inning. And, you know, maybe no one would notice?
Sorry, Cubs fans. David Ross needed that ball back.
While Wood eventually struck Matz out to end the third, Ross and the Cubs were unable to mount a comeback. The Mets completed the sweep, 8-3, and will take on either the Blue Jays or Royals Tuesday in Game 1 of the World Series, Oct. 27 on FOX.