This is a little chunk of super cool Cub history, this little speech.
You remember the miracle rain delay orchestrated by the Baseball Gods - their way of saying hey man, get your shit together.
Those guys are NEVER nice to the Cubs, and yet this time... (even though I was FREAKING OUT when the tarp came out) it turned out to be a nice thing.
And Jason Heyward took the opportunity to rally the troops.
Maybe somebody had a camera going in the weight room there, but I don't think we'll ever know exactly what was said.
Here's the quote from MLB: "I told them I love them," Heyward said. "I told them I'm proud of the way they overcame everything together. I told them everyone has to look in the mirror, and know everyone contributed to this season and to where we are at this point. "I said, 'I don't know how it's going to happen, how we're going to do it, but let's go out and try to get a W."
But in the interview Heyward gives, he says, "I just had to remind them who they were. I just had to remind everybody who we are. Who these guys are.. what we had to overcome to get here. Win or lose we never worry about that. Beginning of every day we never worry about win or loss we just worry about how we're gonna go out there, have fun. Compete. Be right there for the guys next to us and not take the situation for granted. So I just had to remind them of that man I'm proud of them. I say it all the time but I'm proud of you guys."
Well whatever, if somebody makes a movie about last season and the director is any good, that scene ought to bring tears.
And how about Jason Heyward?
In that moment, with his mojo certainly all mucked up with the starting and not starting, stepping forward and being the rarest kind of team mate: The guy with the sense that something needs to be said, and then actually saying the right thing.
Two vastly different skills there.
Which brings us to one of his other skills.
We've been reading on and off that he's working on the swing, and pretty soon we'll get to see what kind of progress he's made.
All that remains to be seen.
But the one thing I do know is there isn't a guy on the team I'm rooting for more than Heyward.
He's a special player and a special guy.