You can always come home and for Kyle Hendricks it couldn’t have been sweeter, and more awkward. It would have been nice if he wore a Dodgers uniform and the score was 8-2 for Los Angeles, heck, that’s how legends are made and Hall of Famers born.
Fortunately, Hendricks wears the Blue and the Cubs beating the Dodgers is a huge win for the club, be it, a morale booster, but these victories at this stage of the season over the,”Big” clubs will put confidence and some swagger, especially a shellacking like they did against the Dodgers.
“It was awesome tonight — that’s a heck of a lineup over there,” Hendricks said. “Every guy up and down can hit, they’re one of the best teams in the league. I was lucky to go out there and throw some strikes and get them out. It was really fun to have my family and friends here to watch.”
It was probably the only time when forty fans cheering on the Cubs in LA will ever get any kind of approval.
Now that Jeff Samardzija has migrated to Oakland, there’s a renewed excitement on the pitcher’s mound with Kyle Hendricks. What I like especially is how he went deep into the game. Going seven innings. This is the type of game the Cubs have to get because defense wins games. When a pitcher goes past five innings, that team usually wins.
“You always have lofty dreams but I was more concerned with the day-to-day work to get me here, and I think that’s what I attribute to finally getting me here,” said Hendricks. “I thought about playing up here but didn’t think about this moment necessarily.”
Not to be outdone by the rookie pitcher, Starlin Castro and Luis Valbuena both had excellent games with three hits by Castro and a solo shot from Valbuena.
The Post Season may be a daydream away, but one thing is for sure with these Cubs. They’re having fun again.