There’s only one thing to add to last night’s 4-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers that would have made it go from an incredibly historic night, to one of the best written games in the history of baseball. You know what that is,don’t you?
Jake Arrieta pitches a shutout. He records his 20th win of the season and becomes the first Cubs pitcher to do that since John Lieber in 2001. That’s awesome! In fact, I’d go out on a limb to say that if Jake doesn’t win the Cy Young, then maybe there’s some truth to those curse rumours.
“It just means that I’m putting my team in position to win ballgames,” Arrieta said. “At the end of the day, that’s our goal, to try and pile on as many as we can, especially where we are at in the season. Wins now, at this time, are more important than ever. I’m just happy about getting one for the team and keeping the momentum going into tomorrow.”
The Cubs’ Magic number now is 3. They’re still two games back of Pittsburgh and six behind the Cardinals. Those teams just keep on winning.
“The thing that Jake has done, like you saw today, is just the total domination of the other team. He never even permits the other team to come back on us when we’re not scoring a lot of runs. It’s just incredible what he’s done in this second half. It’s Bob Gibson-esque, which for me was my favorite pitcher of all time. I know this, 20 years from now, when he comes back to the reunion of the 2015 team and he stands out on that line, and Arrieta was a 20-game winner, it means something.” Joe Maddon said.
All right, there was another story to last night’s game. Kris Bryant crushed his 26th home run of the season, passing Sweet Swinging Billy Williams as the Cubs all time Rookie home run leader. like Arrieta, Kris Bryant should be a lock for Rookie of The Year.
“I was joking around with Arrieta after the game and told him he always has to outdo me,” Bryant said.
We live in a day and age where athletes make incredible amounts of money. Astronomical. Call it what you will but there’s something different about baseball compared to other team sports. Baseball is an everyman’s sport. Or a game. We see ourselves up at the plate. We dream of hitting that home run with bases loaded full count in the bottom of the ninth. Drama is engrained in the game. Look at Toronto? The stadium is packed and every convenience store across the nation is chock full of Blue Jays merchandise. People are talking baseball. In Canada, hockey season is about to start but around the water coolers it’s all Blue Jays.
Canadians are cheering on the Cubs. We love cheering for the underdogs. People used to ridicule me for liking the Cubs but I love answering questions about the team. In a game where there’s no time limit, baseball is certainly timeless.