The Cubs got three pitcher homers this year, which was tied for the second most in baseball, behind only the Giants’ five. Madison Bumgarner, naturally, had three of those, Jeff Samardzija had one, and Ty Blach had the other.
Do you remember which three Cubs pitchers had dingers for the Cubs this year?
Even if you don’t remember, you’d immediately say Jake Arrieta, because that makes sense. And you’d be right! He went deep against the Pirates on June 17, yanking it to left to tie the game at the time (via Fox Sports):
#PITCHERSWHORAKE! TIE GAME!
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 18, 2017
The ball wasn’t absolutely crushed (98 mph off the bat, 380 feet), but he hit it to the right spot.
I’ve gotta assume you remember at least one of the pitcher homers – because it was the time Jon Lester FINALLY got his homer after so many close calls. The dude really does hit the ball hard, and he crushed this one against the Diamondbacks on August 1 (via CSN):
Are you kidding me? Jon Lester adds to the home run party by hitting the first dinger of his career. Wow. pic.twitter.com/tzZSxl9911
— Cubs Talk (@CSNCubs) August 2, 2017
That’s 395 feet and 102.5 mph off the bat, and it was so much fun. Lester – who got a lengthy write-up from Michael earlier today – deservedly received a curtain call:
Curtain call for Jon Lester! pic.twitter.com/tBuAx6JZtd
— Kevin Marchina (@kg_holler) August 2, 2017
How about that third Cubs pitcher homer on the year. Remember it? It came in Atlanta off of R.A. Dickey when he tried to sneak one of his 80 mph fastballs by … Mike Montgomery (via @Cubs):
They did the mash.
They did the Monty mash! pic.twitter.com/dBEzeBEjDv
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 19, 2017
That was a thing of beauty! An upper decker!
Lester wins the award, though, as Montgomery’s was a slightly shorter 393 feet, and a slightly less powerful 100.0 mph off the bat. Still, very impressive.
The Cubs also got a couple not-entirely-real, but-entirely-awesome homers outside of the regular season, with Jake Arrieta hitting a record bomb in Spring Training, and Pedro Strop hitting a hilarious bomb off of Anthony Rizzo after the season.