The picture to the right here is the instant before the instant that Dodgers catcher Russell Martin joined Evan Longoria, Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino, Brett Myers, Jason Bay, Jon Lester, James Loney and Manny Ramirez in the playoff hero club.
It's also the same instant before the instant that Carlos Zambrano, Mark DeRosa and Derrek Lee boarded the postseason goat express, joining such other undignified passengers as Javier Vazquez, CC Sabathia and, well, pretty much the rest of the Cubs, who are now only one loss away from officially recording a title-free century.
With a three-run double that he smoked into the left-center vines, Martin more or less put the game away in the second inning at Wrigley Field. The opportunistic drive off starter Zambrano — it came after key fielding errors by DeRosa and Lee — gave Los Angeles an early knockdown blow in a stunning 10-3 win over the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS.
While the Cubs still had eight turns at the plate after the wreck of a second — the Dodgers scored five runs in the inning — they never recovered from their four errors, allowing most baseball fans a chance to dig into their TiVoed copies of the VP debate a little earlier than expected.
For those of you keeping track at home (and I assume most of you in the greater Los Angeles area are), that's a 2-0 series lead with the two teams coming back to L.A. for Saturday's Game 3.
For those of you who have stopped — no National League team has ever come back from a 2-0 NLDS hole — the Bears play Detroit at noon on Sunday.