It’s a relief in many ways to not be sharing excitement about Javier Baez for a change. Yesterday’s throwback game brought on lots of different celebrations including Anthony Rizzo’s walk off single in the 12th inning to drive Ryan Sweeney home and give the Cubs a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays but although Javier Baez still hadn’t christened Wrigley Field with a home run, he still went 2-6. The Wonder Kid is here to stay.
“I’m ecstatic he’s here,” Anthony said. “He’s struck out a few times, but it doesn’t bother him. Me, at 21, I strike out seven times in two games, I’d be up the wall. He’s playing, and he’s got the type of attitude that is a winning player that I like to see. He backs down from no one, nothing. It doesn’t phase him. The aura around him, I’m very impressed with.”
The return of Anthony Rizzo from the dark abyss of slumps that baseball players sometimes go through is a welcome addition to the “Trio” of Baez, Rizzo and Castro. if I could call them the Good, The Bad and The Ugly, I would. I mean without being offensive to anyone, every time they step up to the plate, I hear that theme music and get excited that it means it’ll be The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for the opposing pitcher.
He’s not the only one who is impressed with him. The Cubs have been a much different team since Baez joined the club last week. They’re winning games and although they’re 16 games under .500, it’s not impossible for them to put on the afterburners and possibly with an even record. All right, what I mean to say is, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they did it by the end of September.
In other news, it’s good to see Neil Ramirez back in the lineup again. A great pitcher and a stand up guy. Welcome back.
“I just feel like the ball is coming out good again,” Neil Ramirez said Sunday. “I feel loose and ready to go.”
The Cubs are set to take on the Brewers tonight at 7:05 CT and Jake Arietta gets the start.