2016’s “Top 3” (by you, the fan)

As the most memorable year for a Cubs fan comes to a close, it is hard not to reminisce about the memories that will last a lifetime. Last night, I put out a tweet asking for  suggestions of the most memorable regular season games.  I received many suggestions, and I chose the ones that appeared the most.

3) Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was definitely a “statement-making game” when one says the Cubs never give up. When you are down in a game, most players feel “weight on their shoulders” because they are frustrated with themselves (even though the team was 24-6).

The Cubs were down 3-1 through six innings, and little did we know it at the time, Kris Bryant came up and tied it on a single that knocked in Cahill and Fowler. The game went scoreless for the remaining innings and went into extras.

After no scoring for 3+ innings, Javier Baez came to the plate in the bottom of the 13th inning.  He took a monstrous swing, and the ball was in the bleachers. Javier Baez was smiling ear-to-ear, Cubs win 4-3.

2) The Bryant Game

On Mother’s Day, he tied the game. On June 27th, he dominated the game. We’re talking about the National League MVP, Kris Bryant.  This game, in my opinion, had a significant impact on becoming an MVP candidate.

Bryant and the Cubs were coming off a tough week after losing six of their last seven.  Usually in those situations, Joe Maddon would come up with a crazy, hilarious, and awesome idea to break some of the tension that is surrounding the team.

Didn’t need it.

Kris Bryant played the role of Joe that night. he went 5-5, knocking three home runs, and two doubles. Jake Arrieta also homered in this game.  It seems to me that when the Cubs want to make history, they should just go to Ohio (World Series in Cleveland, No-No in Cincy, KB going 5-5 in Cincy).

3) The Maddon Game

22. That’s how many players the Cubs used that night. Travis Wood was playing left field and Jon Lester came off the bench and was bunting. Travis Wood stole the show when he made a spectacular catch as he crashed into the ivy. In the 12th inning, Jason Heyward was on third base. Lester saw the bunt sign, got it down, Heyward scored. This game proved that Joe will do whatever he has to in order to Fly The W.

Honorable Mentions

Jake’s No Hitter

Grandpa Rossy’s Final Home Game

Montero’s Walkoff to Seal the NL Central

While 2016 has passed, we must look forward to the future of this team. It has a bright future many more memorable moments to come.

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Cubs Trade Jorge Soler, Get Wade Davis in Return

With the big news coming from the other side of town yesterday afternoon, the Cubs didn’t want to be left out, so they chose to make some of their own news late last night into early this morning by trading outfielder Jorge Soler to get All-Star righty, Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals.

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This signing signifies that the Cubs are not interested in bringing back Aroldis Chapman, which doesn’t surprise me after he came out asking for a six year, $100 million contract.
As for Davis, he has been an All-Star for the past two seasons; his numbers show you why:
2014-2016 (including postseason)

1.08 ERA

207.2 IP

118 Hits

272 K

64 BB

3 HR

0.876 WHIP

This trade also took “longer than expected” to complete after the Washington Nationals made a late push for Davis.

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While it may be hard for some to see Soler go, we can all assume, from previous experience, that Theo and Jed have indeed made the right choice.

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Connor Jennings @ChiCubsUpdates

Cubs Acquire Jon Jay

Ex-Padre joins the Northside.

Tuesday the Chicago Cubs reached a one-year, $8 million contract deal. Jon Jay is going into his 8th year, spent his first six seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. His last season didn’t see much action playing off the bench. Started 68 games in the 2016 season, hit 2HRs, 26 RBI’s, with a .291 AVG. After seeing those numbers, I don’t think, Joe brought him in to be an every day player. I see him being more of a late game bench player to hit in certain situations to drive in potential game-winning runs. Last season, Jay against left-handed pitchers had a .308 AVG on the season and against right-handed pitchers a .282 on the season. So he is the type of man you feel comfortable hitting for you in pinch-hit situations against righties or lefties. I don’t expect him to get a whole lot of playing time, I can see the same amount of games he started last year. If he were to be an every day starter, I can see him putting up impressive numbers. After watching highlight reel after highlight reel, he seems like he has the ability to hit 30+ HR, 100+ RBI’s, with a .285 AVG. His defensive skills seem to out shine his batting skills. He shows good range in the outfield, never breaks concentration on the ball, his route efficiency is amazing, always finds the fastest route to the ball. If he does what Joe Maddon wants him to do he will have a good year and possibly see more playing time.

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Jason Lambertino @Lambertino_95