Yesterday’s game was a workout in the home run department. The Cubs lost 12-9 to the Seattle Mariners, but it was the bat duties of Jason Heyward, Addison Russell, Matt Szczur and Dexter Fowler all took one deep for the Cubs who now have 30 homers in 20 games.
Is this a sign of things to come?
For Addison Russell, I feel that this is the season where he breaks out onto his own and becomes the player we knew he’d be.
“It’s been great working with him,”Ben Zobrist said. “It’s really tough to point out some weakness because he has so many strengths. The biggest thing he needs is time and experience, and he’ll get smoother and smoother and more and more polished as time goes on, and everyone will see what he’s really capable of. He’s got this special ability to make extended plays that other guys can’t get to because of his range and athleticsm. It’s going to be fun to watch.”
His defence is second to none. Last year, he made so many highlight reel catches it was just a matter of time before he makes it to the AllStar game.
“Conversationally, he’s much more confident,” Joe Maddon said. “He’s easier to joke around with. He’s just much more comfortable in his Major League skin. I love it. He knows he belongs here; he knows he’s good here. He’s in great shape. He was in fine shape last year, and I think he’s in even better shape now. There’s a lot going on in his personal life and his family, which is all good. He’s grown up a bit.”
There was a swarm of bees during yesterday’s game that made for some intense moments which stung Jason Heyward 10 times.
“They came over from right field,” Heyward said. “I saw them moving around a little bit, but right fielder Mark Zagunis was doing what I was doing, which is wearing it because we knew the game was going on. I wasn’t thinking to get out of there until it got crazy. I was like, ‘OK, I’m not going to stand here,’ so I tried to get away.”
Play was stopped for five minutes and don’t worry Cubs fans, perhaps Jason should have some honey before games this season because it helped him with his home run output.
“You could see them from left field all the way to center, they were everywhere,” Jason Hammel said. “The fact that Heyward isn’t swollen beyond belief right now, I don’t know how he made it out of that.”