Yesterday’s game against the Pirates started thirty minutes later than intended. Good things come to those who wait. Well, the Cubs waited again after an unfortunate incident when a fan was injured by a deflected ball behind home plate. Last I heard she was doing as well as can be expected. It was scary.
Now, for any of those fans that were wondering about when Kris Bryant would show up, needn’t worry any longer. He crushed an inside-the-park-sort-of-a-homerun-we-think-it-was-a-homerun type of play which scored three.
The cool, calm and collected demeanour of Kris Bryant almost jogged around the bases until he was caught in a run down between third and home but managed to dodge weave and bob his way into home plate. The Cubs went on to beat the Pirates, 5-2
“Coming out of Spring Training, it just seemed like he was that guy,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Bryant. “He’s not going to be overly impressed or concerned or enamored or starry eyed. He’s just going to come play baseball, and that’s what he does.”
So now that Kris Bryant is carving out his path in the Big Leagues, the Cubs have decided that Addison Russell, the next kid shouldn’t be left out. He’ll be in for today’s game.
“We’re just trying to give him that opportunity to play there,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before Monday’s game about Russell’s move from shortstop to second. “Personally, I like guys like that playing a bunch of different spots in the Minor Leagues if you can. You never know where the need will be on the Major League level.
It’s not the best circumstances as Arismendy Alcantara is being sent down for more conditioning and training which I understand, but the game is a tricky game and sometimes no matter how good a player is, if their focus isn’t quite there, the confidence goes out the window.
One thing is for certain though, this season’s edition of the Chicago Cubs has got to be the most exciting season in a long time. I love the base running, I love the way Anthony Rizzo is stealing and I love the unpredictability of Joe Maddon. Everyone’s game is elevated this year. Maybe it’s a shift in the way the game is played? Maybe it’s a eulogy for the Alex Rodriguez crush em’ out of the park mentality? (The sooner Rodriguez is gone the better.)
There’s amazing baseball happening on Chicago’s Northside this year but fans have known it for quite some time.