There’s a reason people love sports the way they do. The drama, the heartache, the thrill of victory and of course, seeing history unfold. Last night, the Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1. Sure, the game doesn’t really matter much the Cubs are in but they are vying to be host of the National League Wild Card matchup on Wednesday.
Then there’s Jake Arrieta. That pitcher who came out of nowhere this year to thrill and excite fans across North America and beyond. With last night’s victory, Arrieta may have put to rest any decisions regarding a Cy Young winner. Right now, Mr. Arrieta is the best pitcher post All Star Game in history. His ERA is 0.75. He has 22 victories. He is incredible.
This year, the Cubs record is currently 95-65
“Tremendous,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Watching from the side you could see the explosive stuff. If that did not clinch his award I don’t know what would. That had to be the clincher. Another quality start, a dominating performance. For me, that should put the icing on the cake right there.”
The Cubs are still two back of the Pirates. That chances are unlikely that they’ll be hosting the Wild Card game after the Pirates came from behind to beat the Reds 6-4. Pittsburgh will have to lose two in a row and the Cubs will have to win.
This is an historic season for the Cubs. It’s fitting that Arrieta will lead his teammates against the Pirates on Wednesday. Has all this success changed him?
“Before I get to the field, I’ve got to be Dad,” Arrieta said. “We just got back from doing a little shopping. The kids need jackets. It’s getting a little cold. Summer’s gone up here in this part of the country. Had to get some stuff to keep the kids warm. “I want to be the same guy every day, regardless of what’s going on off the field, on the field, show up and be consistent for my teammates, both in my performance and just being a good person. I think those kinds of things that you take serious in your life off the field carry over on the field. That’s the only way I know how to do it.”