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Chicago Cubs alert season ticket holders of playoff ticket availability

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With Joe Maddon’s Chicago Cubs smack dab in the middle of the hunt for a Wild Card berth in the National League, the organization — if it is as superstitious as it reasonably should be — has arguably tempted fate and announced to season ticket holders that playoff tickets are now available for purchase.

“It has been an exciting  few weeks of Cubs baseball as our team has battled to build on our position in the NL Central and Wild Card standings,” Cubs vice president Colin Faulkner wrote in the letter. “No doubt the next six weeks are going to be just as compelling as we work to continue the momentum and finish the season strong.”

At 67-61, the Cubs are in possession of the second Wild Card spot, three games clear of the Giants and four behind the Wild Card-leading Pittsburgh Pirates, so the team is much more than in the hunt. Although the team was just swept in a two-game series after getting pounded by the Detroit Tigers.

Season ticket holders have until Sept. 8 to reserve their seats for any potential postseason game. Should the Cubs fail to reach the postseason or don’t go deep in the playoffs, the cost of any unused tickets will be refunded or the monies can be applied to 2016 season tickets.

According to the Chicago Tribune, tickets for both the wild card game and a division series range from $45 to $160. Tickets to the NLCS range from $70 to $250 with World Series seats costing anywhere between $175 and $350.

Given the Cubs’ history with curses, bad luck and other assorted nonsense — the billy goat, the black cat, Steve Bartman and so on — one would have suspected such a team would exercise extreme caution in matters such as these. Although to be fair to the Cubs, it’s not uncommon for teams to arguably jump the gun a bit when it comes to making playoff tickets available. There is, after all, a lot of logistics for a team to navigate during a possible run to the postseason. Making playoff tickets available simply is one more thing to check off the list.