If there’s an image of what Cubs fans have been going through for a long time, it’s the image of fans standing behind their heroes. Last night, Anthony Rizzo was that image.
The Cubs are fourth best in the majors going into last night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers and nipping at the heels of the Pittsburgh Pirates. They’re only a 1.5 behind the Bucs. Could we have said those things last season?
Last night, they beat the Brew Crew 3-2 in extra innings. It was the type of victory that whiffed the post season. There was Anthony Rizzo’s catch. Ryan Braun popped it up and Rizzo ran towards the front row, jumped up onto the tarp and into the stands. He made the catch. It was beautiful and amazing.
“It’s one of those ones where you put your head down and I came up with the catch,” Anthony Rizzo said. “I really don’t remember any of it. It slowed down at the moment, and once I made the catch, it sped up real fast.”
That’s the kind of effort that screams “Playoff Bound!” But it didn’t end there.
Miguel Montero coming off of the disabled list recently and wins it for the Cubs in extra innings with a walk off home run in the tenth inning. An incredible team effort that shows just how much they’ve improved over the last few years.
So today the Cubs will try their best to sweep the Brewers in an afternoon game. Jon Lester gets the start and you know something? I’m kind of eating crow right now about the team. Yeah, I was excited at the start of the year but of course critical about Starlin Castro, who is playing very well at second base. That flip play by Addison Russell was pretty much a fluke last night. Castro had no chance to catch it.
They’ve made some great moves in releasing Edwin Jackson and trading Junior Lake. In many ways, this is the team that the Cubs had in the back of their minds in the fall or perhaps when Theo Epstein took over in the GM role. Jon Lester continues to impress me of lately and Jon, if you have the chance to read my blog, I owe you an apology.
I’ve been writing this blog since 2011, I’m proud of the work that’s been involved and I’m also thrilled with the discussions that take place with fellow Cub fans, baseball fans and yes, that includes Cardinal fans too. This year, the Cubs have a legitimate shot at the World Series; there are no curses, there’s great baseball and bad baseball. Should the Cubs go all the way, I’m looking forward to sharing the joy right here on the Canuck Cubbie.