Best Third Basemen, Best Cubs Games, Big News Coming Next Week(?), and Other Cubs Bullets

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Best Third Basemen, Best Cubs Games, Big News Coming Next Week(?), and Other Cubs Bullets

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One of these weeks, we’re gonna have a stretch where something truly unprecedented DOESN’T happen in the world. It’s been a minute, but it’s going to happen.

•   I think it is wholly defensible to not have Kris Bryant on a list like this at this point, but here’s hoping it’s quality bulletin board material (if Bryant remains with the Cubs, anyway):

•   Third base remains a very loaded position in the sport, and, as Petriello notes, he didn’t even have Moncada, Donaldson, or Bohm on there. Bryant needs a big bounce-back year to remind folks just how good he can be (especially as he heads to free agency, where the possible swing in his expectations could be MASSIVE depending on how he performs this year (no pressure)).

•   So, Jeff Passan was on Pat McAfee’s show last night and appeared to tease a monster story dropping sometime next week:

•   If Passan is working on something that he knows in advance is going to be huge, AND he knows he won’t get scooped before next week, then it strongly suggests (1) it’s one of those deep-under-the-hood stories, and (2) it’s not gonna be good. Either the league is in for something ugly, a player is in for something ugly, or a team (or teams) is in for something ugly. I’m equal parts titillated and terrified.

•   Various Jon Lester bits that get to the emotional center:


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•   The Miller Park sign has officially come down, making way for the new Wrigley North sign:

•   This was fun:

•   Everyone knows the greatest Cubs game ever pitched, but what about the next few after that? Jordan Bastian wrote up the best, with the 20K game obviously on top. And with apologies to Bastian (who offers his own apologies), excluding Kyle Hendricks’ 2016 NLCS Game 6 masterpiece is a crime. Not only was the performance nearly perfect, when you consider the context – getting the Cubs to their first World Series in 71 years – I don’t know how that isn’t in the top five. To me, it’s probably number two, in fact. Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter against the Dodgers shows up as number two on Bastian’s list.

•   The promos for the Super Bowl are gonna be huge if you’ve been waiting to get in:

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.