The Chicago Cubs had a busy and successful first weekend of the 2017 season, and today they return home – FINALLY – as reigning World Champions …
Friday, April 7
- We kicked things off on Friday with a conversation about that humorous, and also bizarre sticky baseball situation with Yadier Molina (which ultimately involved no punishment for Molina or the Cardinals).
- Praise for the Cubs’ bullpen in the Cardinals series, and especially in their comeback in the rubber match.
- A little fun with Kris Bryant’s golf prowess – he’s good.
- A big Shohei Otani update, as he may soon be on his way to MLB, regardless of the price tag (although there might be a loophole there).
- Extra fun with Kyle Schwarber’s huge homer in St. Louis.
- The Cubs lost an 11-inning 2-1 game to the Brewers on a walk-off wild pitch, and Javy Baez had to leave the game after a very scary-looking collision with Jason Heyward.
Saturday, April 8
- We woke up to good news on Baez, though: he was, as near as anyone could tell, totally fine. Just crazy, considering how bad it looked.
- Down on the farm, Ian Happ homered and Jeimer Candelario grand slammed for Iowa.
- Among Saturday’s Bullets, a discussion about Willson Contreras’s receiving, Mike Montgomery’s usage, and more.
- Wrigley Field and the new park on the plaza look ready.
- Albert Almora had a few hits and made a beautiful sliding catch, as the Cubs beat the Brewers 11-6. Kris Bryant also had a nifty play at third, a reminder that he’s quite good defensively.
Sunday, April 9
- Ian Happ and Jeimer Candelario homered again.
- Looking back on the Cubs’ win the night before, the BABIP gods seemed to smile on the team quite a bit.
- The Cubs’ bats stayed hot, and Jason Heyward had a ripping good game, as the Cubs beat the Brewers 7-4. Kyle Schwarber ripped a deep homer.
- And then the Cubs closed off the weekend by teasing us so very well with an early look at the 2016 championship banner that’ll be flying later today.