It was a record setting kind of day for the Chicago Cubs. Count em’ six home runs as they snubbed out the Cardinals 8-6. Today, the Cubs can take the series with a win at Wrigley Field and advance to the NLCS.
Ryne Sandberg threw out the first pitch, Ernie Banks sang the seventh inning stretch via jumbotron, the wind was blowing out and the rookies brought their magic.
All was right at Wrigley Field last night.
Jake Arrieta had a tough outing for, well, Jake Arrieta. He still collected the win but only struck out nine batters over five innings. He still looked awesome.
“He’s human, man,” Miguel Montero said. “It’s going to happen. I’m actually happy it happened because now I realize he’s human. I was a little concerned.”
In many ways, last night’s victory was the blueprint to Theo Epstein’s tenure with the Cubs. Three rookies destroyed the ball. Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber. Epstein was smiling along with Eddie Vedder up in the boxes.
Oh, and I just have to say that Harold Reynold’s comments about Canada and baseball is pretty weird.
“We we’re talking about foul balls in the stands up in Toronto and because there’s not a lot of people who grew up playing baseball in Canada, they’re not used to catching a lot of balls hit into the stands.” Reynolds said.
For those who don’t know, Reynolds made that comment during the Toronto/Rangers game at the Rogers Centre. I’m sure he meant as a joke which he later apologized but folks up here tended to take it the wrong way.
“I didn’t mean to offend anybody. I just thought it was just part of the fun nature of the game. Sorry, Canada, whole country, if I offended you for that. I’m well aware of the baseball players that have come out of there … It was more of a joke. Most people grew up playing hockey in Canada. I didn’t think it was that offensive, so obviously I was taken different.”
I didn’t grow up playing hockey or baseball and love both games. Why don’t I switch this around and say, “Most Americans grew up playing baseball.”
See Harold? Most Americans didn’t grow up playing baseball. It’s just lazy journalism.
It was just funny, that’s all.
The great news about today’s game is Kris Bryant ended an eleven game drought. Could we see some more from him today?
“When Kris stands in the box, even if he can’t swing the bat, him just standing in the box, his presence alone means more to this team than anyone can imagine,” Anthony Rizzo said.
Today, is the most important day at Wrigley Field in a long time. Jason Hammel gets the start. I’m a little worried about the pitching tonight but I have a funny feeling that the bats will speak loud.