Man, I haven't had time to actually write a thought in ages...
You know what today is?
A day off.
For the Cubs... for you.
Tomorrow's the beginning of a 10 day sprint to the end of the greatest regular season we've seen in like a billion years.
It's gonna be a blur.
And I just wanted to encourage you to do something.
Look around you.
Take a deep breath and remember this day.
Do it on purpose.
I'm kind of a natural journal guy.
Years from now I can open a book and find what I was feeling or did on a certain day.
You should try it.
Even if you don't have a book, just sit down with a piece of paper and write how you're feeling.
Take a picture of where you are.
Think about Jake Arrieta.
Sure, lotta people thought he might turn it around when he came here, but for him to become ohhh... I don't know... maybe the best pitcher in baseball throwing his best just at the right time?
And the kids...we're used to Felix Pie, Corey Patterson, guys like that.
For Kris Bryant and Addison Russell to go from prospects to everyday players and actually turn out like... I mean my god, they may be great.
Anthony Rizzo is a rock.
HE'S 12 YEARS OLD.
Okay 26, but you know what I mean.
Starlin Castro - yeah people say he'll be traded but maybe he just needed a kick in the ass from a guy like Joe Maddon, you know?
The amazing Kyle Schwarber was playing college ball in Indiana last year.
Jorge Soler, uh oh... looks like he's prone to injury, but like everything this year, that's a small sample size and there is no doubt that guy is gonna play and be an impact bat.
Did you see the foul he hit off Cardinal closer Trevor Rosenthal in the 9th that last game?
Every Cardinal fan was FREAKING OUT.
And even Javier Baez - whoa a giant bust, right?
Well, he's on the right team to continue to improve, and his glove is sick.
Only 4 years ago, Theo Epstein became a Cubs employee.
He and Jed Hoyer wrote a work of fiction called The Cubs Way, then blew the team to smithereens and all that was left was a big hole.
And you and I watched as they brought in all this shiny new stuff to fill it in.
Now the farm system is something others envy, and we're getting to watch the kids grow.
The emotion we feel is way stronger than, say, when Alfonso Soriano became a Cub.
It's just nuts.
This is nothing, but you know what happened the other day?
We're on production, at a hotel and you've heard my stories of the people you run into.
We had to go to a casting session the other day.
Go out to the front and there's the guys who get your car.
One of 'em goes, "Hey. That's a Cubs hat huh?"
And I said yeah.
He says, "Man, they're pretty good this year."
And I told him just how good they are, that they're in third place but they also have the third best record in baseball. Better than the Yankees. Better than the Dodgers.
He laughed and told me good luck and as we drove away I thought man, it's just so different now.
So..that's all I'm saying.
Take some time today and just think about how lucky we are.
Yeah, no matter where the Cubs go from here on out, we are lucky, man.
I'll leave you with this, a drawing I did in Nov of 2013.
I heard it on the radio back then, and I just searched and found David Kaplan's tweet about the original interview.
It's interesting to read the comments.
Anyway - RELAX TODAY.
Try to capture this feeling and put it down somewhere.
And Go Cubs.