The Cubs and Brewers finished their season series Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, but hopefully this isn't the last we see of them together.
It may or may not be a true rivalry, depending on you define the word, but the Cubs and Brewers have provided some great entertainment all year long, and an encore in October would be most welcome.
Really, would you want it any other way?
Um, yeah, Cubs shortstop Addison Russell said Wednesday before the series finale.
"With us being in the same division, I'd much rather get them out of the way," Russell said. "We know what they bring to the table. They're a great team. But any time you can get a team out of there, we'd want to get a team out of there."
So the Cubs would rather have the Brewers out of the postseason altogether?
"Absolutely," Russell said. "They have a great bullpen and great hitters as well. This is a hard division to win and they're definitely one of the top teams so you definitely want to avoid that.
"And if we can help by (winning) tonight, we should do it tonight."
The Brewers are proving tough for the Cubs to shake, and after Wednesday night's National League Central battle at Wrigley Field the two teams respectively have just 15 and 17 games remaining.
Cubs fans seemingly have underestimated the Brewers all season, looking down on the small market team with a rotation that doesn't include any recognizable faces.
But manager Joe Maddon has been singing their praises for quite some time, and the Cubs players know they're in for a street fight whenever the two teams collide.
"You're talking about a team that has been in it for three or four years," Anthony Rizzo said.
Actually only two years, I reminded him. Rizzo was including the 2014 Brewers team that spent 133 days in first and was 19 games above .500 in June before going 9-17 in September and winding up 82-80.
They fired manager Ron Roenicke the next year and replaced him with Craig Counsell, then brought in a young general manager in David Stearns to execute a rebuild that happened quicker than anyone expected.
"I know that's an external term that was used," Stearns said. "But I was pretty careful never to use that term because I never thought that's what we were going through in a conventional sense."
OK, so if it wasn't a rebuild, then what did Stearns call it?
"Our goal was to acquire and develop as much young talent as possible," he replied. "We felt like we could do that in a timely manner and be competitive at the major-league level."
They did just that, and Stearns added veterans Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich last offseason and Mike Moustakas and Jonathan Schoop in July, making the Brew Crew a real force.
"They have Lorenzo Cain, who's kind of like the leader of the pack there," Rizzo said. "They have a good lineup. Have to beat their starters, because the bullpen is pretty dangerous."
That bullpen includes Josh Hader, who struck out all six batters he faced Monday night, making the Cubs look impotent.
Rizzo, the leader of the pack in the Cubs lineup, entered the final game of the season series with three home runs in 15 games against the Brewers, while hitting just .161 (9-for-56). He has been stymied several times by the Brewers' defensive shifts that probably have stolen a handful of hits from him over the season.
"Yeah," Rizzo said, ending the conversation.
The Cubs may not be the only ones who don't want to see the Brewers in the postseason. You have to figure MLB would much prefer the Dodgers getting a wild-card spot, winning the game and facing the Cubs.
Obviously the Cubs and Dodgers both are national draws, while the Brewers' audience basically runs from Sheboygan County to Kenosha County, not that there's anything wrong with that.
Despite the fact this is the second straight year the Brewers have hung with the big-market Cubs into mid-September, and despite having the second-best record in the league on Wednesday, they didn't even merit a token appearance on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball."
"We have not," Counsell said. "That's a ratings thing, man. That's a business thing to me. That's how these things work. That's how I've always seen it.
"I mean the same teams are on "Sunday Night Baseball," the Red Sox and Yankees. ... I can't fight that. I don't think it will ever change."
Maybe not, but the Brewers can force their way into nationally televised, prime-time games this October, introducing themselves to America in the postseason.
And if the Cubs and Brewers are fortunate enough to meet again in an I-94 showdown, MLB would be lucky to have them.