AT&T PARK — Bruce Bochy is plenty familiar with climbing out of 2-0 holes in postseason play. His 2012 squad famously did it — on the road — against the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Division Series.
“They’re very much aware of what can happen,” he said. “So, that’s an experience they can draw on. You should be able to draw on all your past experiences in this game. It makes it, I think, a little easier to realize that it can be done. It’s not as big an uphill climb as you think because it’s been done.”
Bochy the player also accomplished that feat back in 1984. Playing for the San Diego Padres alongside former San Francisco Giants third base coach Tim Flannery, Bochy was part of a Padres team that topped the Chicago Cubs by winning the final three games of the NL Championship Series.
The problem, as Bochy recognized, is that the curse seems to be having little effect on this year’s cast of Cubs who won 103 games. As Bochy pointed out, the roster includes October veterans like Jon Lester, John Lackey and David Ross, who have combined to win five titles.
“I think when you look at the group of guys and [manager] Joe [Maddon], I think they’re – they done a great job of not even talking about the baggage or the history,” Bochy said. “I don’t think it’s playing a part like it has in the past because of the pros they have over there.”Bruce BochyChicago Cubskarl buscheckMLBSan Francisco Giants