'We're still here': How the Marlins overcame a COVID-19 outbreak and became playoff winners

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If the outcome between the Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins in their first-round Wild Card Series surprised you, then you haven’t been paying attention to either team. The Cubs made a predictably early exit from the postseason, due to a continued lack of offense, while the Marlins did what they always do when this franchise makes it to October: win.

Miami has yet to lose a postseason series in franchise history, this time beating the Cubs in two straight games behind magnificent pitching. But this wasn’t about the Marlins’ history; this was about a team that came to fight.

“I think the first game of the year [in Philadelphia], I think that lit a fire under our ass,” Miami’s Game 2 hero, Garrett Cooper, said Friday after the sweep. “One of their reporters labeled us as a bottom feeder from the first game on. You take that to heart. You go out there and you try to stick it to everybody because whoever it is, the media, anybody, the national media, you don’t get the respect that we think we deserve here.”

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