How would the Cubs be pulling off this incredible start to 2016 without Dexter Fowler?
Yesterday against the Rockies we saw back to back homers from Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler, and with Jake Arrieta on the mound that's enough.
(I'm still trying to get used to the fact that the Cy Young Award winner is a Cub... he's just so damn good.)
But we know he's not pitching 9 any more.
Or at least not til late in the season.
So when Dexter Fowler hit the 3-run dinger in the 7th making it 5-0, didn't you feel a whole lot better?
I know it's a small sample (I always think of Ryan Braun peeing in a cup when I hear "small sample"), but Fowler brought a whole bunch of energy to the team when he surprised everyone by coming back, and he continues to do it now.
36 at bats, 15 hits, 6 of 'em for extra bases, and 9 RBIs from the lead-off spot.
Among the starters, Fowler's 1.275 OPS leads the team by a mile.
No, not sustainable but whatever - he's playing out of his head and it's a really nice time for that to happen.
Cubs 6 Rockies 2 on a day that felt like mid-May outside.
Did you see the error-filled monstrosity on Friday?
The bad 1-6 loss?
That was me, sorry.
Went to the game with Cubnut, only I couldn't get there til very late.
I was hauling into the park, walked up to the upper deck and came up for the photo from behind the plate.
I just sort of ran up, pointed the camera and shot, unaware of what was going on with the game.
So, my first photo from Wrigley Field in 2016 is of Jorge Soler about to be thrown out at the plate:
I have the BEST Cubs' Karma I swear.
But I'll tell you what - seeing the green grass and all that blue sky does wonders for one's soul.
Okay, couple hours from now it'll be Jon Lester v Tyler Chatwood (1-1, 4.38) and it could not be more beautiful out.