Kyle Hendricks vs Clayton Kershaw at Wrigley Field in game 6 of the 2016 NLCS.
Kershaw's ERA was 1.69 while Hendricks was at 2.13, and Kershaw's fastball about 5MPH faster than Kyle's.
But The Professor was in an incredible zone and went 7.1 innings and gave up 2 dinky singles and no runs, and my painting above shows him walking off the field in true aw shucks Hendricks Form with the timid wave.
When I look at the team in it's current state, my biggest hope would be that he heals from the shoulder thing and finds his old Professor ways.
That guy... this last year had be just so incredibly difficult, and yet after every performance he stood in front of the camera and answered all the questions in the exact same manner he answered them in 2016.
Love that guy.
It's really weird but I think I've watched more playoff games this year than any I can remember, and it's all because some of my favorite players are now scattered around out there.
I'm sure you saw Kyle Schwarber's deafening 488 footer off old buddy Yu Darvish. And since I can't look at the Padres without thinking of Steve Garvey and his smirky jerk face in 1984, I WANT THE PHILLIES TO WIN and old Schwarbs to be a giant hero.
They play game 3 tonight in Philly, tied at a game apiece.
While down in Houston, Captain Anthony Rizzo hit a 2-outed, full counted, choked-up dinger in game one, a classic shot.
But the Yankees are down 0 games to 2.
I guess I'll just never get over hating the Astros and leave it at that.
So MAY A MIRACLE happen in NY and the Yanks win the next 3 at home.
And... one more thing about Rizzo.
I could be wrong, but I swear his demeanor is waaaay more Yankee-ish now.
Like, you could just feel how much fun he was having when he was a Cub, and now it's just serious.
Whatever, I hope he's a big part of a big comeback.
A miracle happened and both my kids came to visit from their different parts of the country.
We decided to take a beautiful drive to see all the fall colors and go pick apples at an orchard.
It looked like this:
My kinda town.
If you just forget that Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javy Baez need new contracts, things are actually pretty cool in Mesa.
It's just baseball.
KB hit his first springdinger.
Joc Pederson looks like a total beast.
Bummer for Cameron Maybin, but Jake Marisnick's calf healed and he's looking really good for outfielder #4.
Bleacher Nation says, "After today's performances, Jake Marisnick (1.500) has overtaken Joc Pederson (1.442) for the Cubs spring OPS lead." (that statement has the usual "small sample" warning of course).
Pedro Strop got out of Covid-cheating jail and into the save column yesterday. Just great seeing him out there smiling in a Cubs uni again.
Trevor Williams, the guy who grew up in a Cub Fan household, will more than likely be the #4 starter after looking so good this spring.
Jake Arrieta has... well we all know about the slider(s), but he's got this curve that's really working for him. And he's sharing knowledge with Adbert Alzolay which seems to be making Adbert better.
Willson Contreras has 9 hits in 29 at bats, 3 of 'em homers.
We all know who's gonna be starting position-wise except at 2nd, except wait... it's going to be Nico Hoerner, right?
We got to hear Pat Hughes.
The Cubs hired a female announcer for the first time in their history, Beth Mowins, and she was awesome in her debut yesterday.
There's just a ton of good stuff going on, and fan-wise you have to be feeling pretty dang good going into... real baseball games.
That's just 11 days away at 1:20 vs the Pirates.
The other night, I realized that I had the grill going and... IT WAS STILL BRIGHT DAYLIGHT OUTSIDE!
Summer is gonna be here in no time, which makes me SO HAPPY.
What makes me sad?
Finding an xacto blade in a drawer.
Oh yeah, the Javy Baez painting.
That's Javy with his bat that can splatter baseballs.