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Winning It All With Back-Ups, Hendricks’ Excellence, Super Bowl Fun, and Other Bullets

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That was a perfectly enjoyable Super Bowl. I know that most non-Patriots fans were mostly just glad to see them lose (personally, I kinda like seeing the greatest do great things, so I wanted to see Tom Brady pull off another comeback), but it was also cool to see Philadelphia get a championship (those fans are nuts), and to see a back-up quarterback (Nick Foles) take the reins from an MVP-caliber player (Carson Wentz) and perform so well throughout the playoffs. Given the disproportionate importance of the QB in football, and the historically great QB on the other side, it was especially incredible to see.

Baseball wouldn’t really have an exact equivalent of that, since you’ve got four or five starting pitchers going in the postseason anyway, and then eight-plus positional players. I guess if I had to come up with a near equivalent, it would kinda be like the Cubs losing Jose Quintana, Jon Lester, and Kyle Hendricks in one fell swoop in September (bite your tongue), and then Mike Montgomery, Eddie Butler, and Jen-Ho Tseng blitzing through the postseason. IT COULD HAPPEN!

… also, that reminds me: the Cubs could really stand to sign another pitcher.

  • Kyle Hendricks, man. Just look at how the pitches look exactly the same for so long, and then look at where they end up:

  • Speaking of Hendricks, he snuck into MLB Network’s top ten starting pitchers right now, there at the number 10 spot. I think it’s fair to have him in that conversation, given how consistently good he’s been the last three years, but I also think I’d probably have Jose Quintana just ahead of him right now. Here’s the rest of the top ten for your FIGHT-FIGHT-FIGHT:

1. Clayton Kershaw
2. Corey Kluber
3. Chris Sale
4. Max Scherzer
5. Stephen Strasburg
6. Madison Bumgarner
7. Noah Syndergaard
8. Carlos Carrasco
9. Justin Verlander
10. Kyle Hendricks

(Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
  • Who has the most “swag” on the Cubs? You know who:

  • This is undoubtedly true, but teams will still be looking to pick up wins wherever they can in free agency (and older players can still help, obviously), and also, it will be used as reason number one why players fight hard for shorter service time requirements for free agency in the next CBA:

  • Flipping through the “faces” of each of the 30 franchises, and wondering which team has already had its face, and which team currently has him. For the Cubs, I think the current “face” – if you have to pick just one guy – is Ernie Banks. He is, after all, “Mr. Cub.” But is it possible in 10+ years we’re talking about Anthony Rizzo or Kris Bryant? Sure. It’s *possible*.
  • Welp, the chase is over:

  • This is actually says so much:

  • This also says so much:

  • The Cubs didn’t have a Super Bowl ad, but I imagine this is what it would have been:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.