If the Chicago Cubs are wound tight as they face another do-or-die game in the World Series on Tuesday, they sure aren’t showing it.

In fact, they cheekily want to be this fall’s version of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team that — you may recall — roared back from a 3-1 deficit to beat Golden State in the NBA Finals and win the city’s first title since 1964. The Cubs were so jaunty about the daunting prospect of trying to do that in Cleveland that, after Sunday night’s Game 5 win tightened the Series to 3-2, the team’s social media people tweeted:

Gulp. Ordinarily, the suggestion that the Cubbies dress up like the Cavs would be one of those don’t-poke-the-bear ideas, what with Chicago not hitting and all. But these are the Cubbies of Joe Maddon and their mind-set is a cocky extension of their loosey-goosey manager.

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The man who brought the “try not to suck” mantra to the Cubs is a big fan of dressing up for road trips (who can forget the onesies after Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter? The Woodstock theme?) and Halloween offered him the chance to keep his team relaxed and a little goofy. After the Cubs sent the Series back to Cleveland on Sunday night, he encouraged players to wear some of the Halloween suits the company Shinesty sent the club.

Maddon’s “if you think you look hot, wear it” fashion sense was spot-on.

As for his players, they were pretty content to let their kids have most of the fun. They were able to go trick or treating because the Cubs didn’t leave for Cleveland until 7 p.m.

And, if the Cubs can pull off their quest, the Cavs will be able to watch and see what it feels like. The start of the Cavs’ game Tuesday night in Cleveland has been moved up an hour.

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