Reds and Cards in recovery mode
They both had control of the postseason until the Giants showed up.
The stakes are significantly higher in a presidential election than in a baseball postseason, of course, but the pain of finishing second must surely be equally acute in politics and sports. For some historical perspective, we bring you a conversation between George McGovern and Walter Mondale several years ago, in which the two former candidates lamented their respective Electoral College thumpings in 1972 and '84.
"George, how long does it take to get over a big loss like this?" ...
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