A Chicago Cubs home run is like one of your children: you love it wholly and completely, and you do your best to appreciate all of them for their individual awesomeness, rather that compare.
To that end, I loved all three of the Cubs’ unique homers last night, and I won’t be a terrible parent and tell you which was my favorite. (It was totally the Rizzo one, but whatever.)
If you missed any of the blasts, each came with some seriously special circumstances. Anthony Rizzo went deep first – so deep, in fact, that he not only hit the Budweiser sign on the top of the right field video board, he broke the “D”:
That homer was Rizzo’s 12th on the year, and pushed his line up to .258/.381/.546, with a 146 wRC+, which would be his best mark since 2014. No details yet on how many lawns he’s going to have to mow this summer to pay to fix the sign.
The big blow on the night was Albert Almora’s tie-breaking grand slam:
That was the first grand slam of Almora’s career, and his 5th homer of the season, already matching his total from last year.
— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) May 23, 2019
The final homer on the night was Javy Baez’s seemingly superfluous solo shot late, his 12th of the year (tying Rizzo for the team lead). But that one was also pretty special given that it was not clear Baez was even going to be able to start, let alone be sufficiently clear of heel discomfort that he could blast one 449 feet:
The homer pushed Baez’s season line up to .323/.365/.608, with a 155 wRC+. Javy was pumped:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 23, 2019