I don't really need to say anything more.
In a season of absolutely spectacular Cub defense, Reed Johnson made a play that has since gone beyond folklore and has officially reached legendary status.
On April 25th in Washington, the Nationals' Felipe Lopez hit a ball so hard and far over everybody's head that, you know, it was a double for sure.
But Reed ran straight for the wall at a hundred miles an hour, caught the ball and at the same time crashed into the wall leading with his head.
Then he got up, the brim of his hat flipped up like Gomer Pyle, and held the ball up for the ump as Mark DeRosa stood there with his jaw all dropped.
It was the kind of fearless play that makes you... no matter what Reed Johnson ever does again in his whole career, he's the guy that made The Catch.
He can hit too so, you know, one of the reasons to watch.
Reed Johnson, the gamer.
I know for a fact that there are still Cub fans who dislike Jim Edmonds because he was a Cardinal.
Get over it.
This is a guy in the twilight of a brilliant career, and he's been places that most Cubs only dream about.
Like the World Series.
Couple weeks ago (seems like a month now) when everybody was worrying about how the Cubs were going to celebrate when they won the Central - now about the stupidest thing I can imagine wasting breath on - there was an interview with Edmonds that I wish I had the transcript to.
He basically said yeah, it's great, this winning the division thing.
But you've got to look at the bigger picture and remember that's where you wanna go.
So, he's been brilliant in center, he's hit some clutch and meaningful home runs, and I am telling you a guy like Jim on this team at this time is experience multiplied by the mojo of him being here at all.
He's a Cub, and he wants another ring, and he can help them get it.
Imagine what Kosuke Fukudome has gone through in the last 6 months.
In about the same amount of time my tomato plants have been alive, he's gone from being a Japanese God to the Rookie Phenom to NL All-Star to the Struggling Guy that people are doubting.
His head must be spinning like a tornado.
Not once has he made an excuse, or even said how stupid those headbands are you see for sale around Wrigley.
I have nothing but respect for him, and my expectation is that he will catch up to himself, become whole again, and be twice as good next year as he is this year.
I believe he had an enormous effect on this Cub team early, especially showing patience at the plate.
I believe we've never seen a guy play right field in Wrigley as well as he does.
And I still believe we will see him do something remarkable before this season is over.
I'm so pulling for this new kid.