I've got this built in defense mechanism that's made me sort of numb to Cub Injury.
It's how I don't FREAK OUT every day because of Yu Darvish's spine or Kris Bryant's shoulder or OH MY GOD BEN ZOBRIST PULLED SOMETHING IN HIS HIP!!!
First, I have the knowledge that there are guys who can step up on this Cub team who are better than the guys who can step up on other teams.
Guys like Tommy LaStella and David Bote.
And there's another thing happening that takes my attention away from injured shoulders.
It's called "Javier Baez".
From the very get go, smart people who's opinions you trust have always said if only he could gain a little more discipline at the plate...
And Joe Maddon used to say that he had crazy baseball instincts we normal folks didn't quite understand yet...
Then there was the... is tagging a thing? Because nobody has ever used their glove to tag people out like it was a weapon to win a ballgame.
And the balls out baserunning combined with his crazy swimming slides to avoid tags - you can literally see him just wrecking the heads of pitchers when he's on base, and the panic in opposing fielders when he's connected and off to the races.
Stealing home once can be thought of as a fluke, but twice?
That's an honest to god threat.
Lots of people think he's the most entertaining player in the game.
I think he's also the scariest.
And on this Cubs team, easily the most valuable.
He's the reason I can stay numb when injuries happen.
He does so much stuff that nobody else (not even another Cub) can do at all AND he's gotten so much better at the plate.
Joe's been talking about it for awhile now.
The whispers of MVP are changing into common talking points with Len and JD.
It's time for us all to start screaming it out loud.
Do you realize how lucky we are to be able to watch this happen right before our eyes?
Andre Dawson showed up with all those pro tools already.
Played his ass off for a horrible team and won MVP.
Ryne Sandberg, on the other hand, is much more of an accurate comparison to Baez in the sense that he came to the Cubs as a baby and turned into a monster as we watched.
That's happening this year.
With Javier Baez.
Last night vs the Royals... did you see the over the shoulder running catches in right?
El Mago looked like Willie Gault (if you're too young, he's the only comparable Bear wide receiver who came to mind).
The night before the huge homer to the "look what I found" guy with the glove way up in the Kansas City bleachers.
It's like EVERY night there's something insanely cool and I'm certain that at the end of the season the highlight reel he's creating will be waaay longer than anybody else's.
So, you and I were both retching after the Cubs came away with just the split vs San Diego.
But those kids are pretty good, and it's so nice that Milwaukee is experiencing a bit of that, too.
They were down 5-7 going into the 8th last night, and you're thinking the Brewers will so win - it's the last place Padres.
Instead, the Pads score 4 more and win by 6. In Milwaukee.
Tonight the Crew face a kid pitching in the bigs for the first time, Brett Kennedy.
So glad the Cubs are done with the Pads for '18.
Cubs win game 2 vs Kansas City last night 5 zip.
Mike Montgomery and the bullpen looked fantastic.
I expect a Royal Sweep by the end of tonight with Quintana on the mound.
Then rest up, boys, cause it's gonna get harder.