There’s a reason why we like stories about underdogs and rookies that become heroes like Rocky and MoneyBall. Heck, sports films are amazing. Last night, Kyle Schwarber led the Chicago Cubs to a thrilling extra inning victory over the Cincinnati Reds 5-4.
He hit two home runs, collected 4 RBI’s but what made this so special and so thrilling was the fact he got one of the home runs to send the game into extra innings. Then he did the impossible, he got the walk off home run in the thirteenth inning for the victory.
Does it get any better than that?
“I always said I wanted to be a Major League ball player when I was growing up, but I never knew it would come to fruition,” Schwarber said when asked if he ever thought he’d be rounding the bases in this situation. “A lot of hard work went into that, and now it’s here. It’s an awesome feeling to just play a ballgame up in the Major Leagues.”
Yeah well, you just didn’t play a ballgame there Kyle, you kind of engraved your nickname “Sultan of Schwarb” all over Great American Ballpark.
“Pretty impressive, obviously, and I know everybody is going to focus on his hitting but he did a really good job behind the plate today,”Joe Maddon said. “The way he caught our guys, the game he called, blocking the pitches. Everything he did today was first rate, so yeah, offensively he’s got a different kind of thing with the bat. He’s very talented, but he’s catching up defensively and that’s really important.”
With the win, the Cubs are 3 1/2 back of the Pirates and after this series the Cubs have a pretty favourable schedule for the remainder of the season. With series against the Phillies, Rockies and Brewers to close out July, the Cubs have an opportunity to gain some ground on the Bucs who play the Nationals, Twins and Reds.
Over course nothing is ever easy, but the way they’re playing, I’d like to think it’s in the Cubs favour that a lot of teams they play rounding out the regular season schedule are below .500.
So, with the trade deadline fast approaching, do you think the Cubs will trade Starlin Castro? Could they land a big arm like James Shields or David Price?