Patrick Wisdom has been in quite a funk over the last couple weeks, and although last night’s showing won’t be quite enough for anyone to say he’s out of it, I still rather enjoyed watching him crush one 447 feet out to left center. The dude sure does have ridiculous power.
That homer, Wisdom’s first since this multi-week funk set in, was a historic one: it tied Wisdom with Kris Bryant for the Chicago Cubs rookie home run record, with 26. It’s a pretty fair bet that the record will be his, alone, in the weeks ahead, and it sounds like Bryant is OK with that.
A nice share from Marquee, as the two players were together this past weekend at Wrigley Field:
As the former MVP reached third base and got a chance to chat with the Cubs’ Patrick Wisdom, he had a message for his former teammate.
Wisdom entered the series with the Giants 1 homer shy of Bryant’s rookie home run record (26). He tied that mark Tuesday night with a 5th-inning blast in Philadelphia.
“I knew I was close and then when we played the Giants, I thought it would’ve been pretty cool to tie it with KB there,” Wisdom said. “When he got to third, we were just chit-chatting and he said, ‘when you break my record, congrats on everything.’ So that was pretty cool.
“I was hoping I could do it when he was there but hey, he’s having a great season and I’m just happy to be alongside him too with that record.”
Very classy from Bryant, not that you’d expect anything else.
The Cubs’ two rookie home run record holders followed extremely divergent paths to the record, even as both are third basemen and former first round picks. Bryant was the second overall pick, rocketed to the big leagues, and hit those homers on his way to winning Rookie of the Year. Wisdom, a compensatory round A pick, didn’t reach the big leagues for six years, and did not really become a regular until this season, when he was about to turn 30. He might get some Rookie of the Year votes down the ballot, but his story won’t ever look like that of Bryant.
Yet there they were, standing at third base together, about to share a record. Great little slice of baseball that is.